World Health Organization
The World Health Organization was established in 1948 and is composed of 193 member-states. Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, the organization’s role is to serve as the “authority for health within the United Nations system,” and to provide “leadership on global health matters.” Current objectives of the WHO are laid out in a Six-Point Agenda aimed at responding to the challenges of an “increasingly complex and rapidly changing landscape” of global public health. The points on the agenda are: (1) promoting development; (2) fostering health security; (3) strengthening health systems; (4) harnessing research, information and evidence; (5) enhancing partnerships; and (6) improving performance.
This committee is designed for both beginners and experienced delegates alike. Position papers, although strongly recommended, are not required. However, delegates who wish to be considered for an award must submit their position papers by Sunday, January 8, 2017, at 11:59 pm. More information about position papers will be found on page 3 of each Background Guide.
The selling of human organs, tissues and other bodily parts have deemed illegal in all countries with the exception of Iran, and yet the organ trade is thriving, with estimated yearly profits exceeding over 1 billion dollars USD. The problem stems from the discrepancy between the low supply and high demand for organs through government-regulated organ transplants, which results in normally law-abiding patients to resort to illegal means. Delegates should therefore address the inconsistencies in international law and determine a solution for a sustainable organ transplant system.
Pharmaceutical drugs have been a pillar for improving modern health care; however, many big pharmaceutical companies are claiming patents over life-saving drugs and exponentially raising drug prices to the point where they are inaccessible to poor and vulnerable populations. UN’s Millennium Development Goals for 2015 target 8.E aims to increase affordability of essential drugs in developing countries, but WHO has recently reported the disappropriate expenditures between high-income and low-income countries. WHO has set out to resolve the problem of health inequity and inaccessibility, but the question still remains; how?
Catherine Shin | Director
As a grade 12 student at Dr. Charles Best, Catherine is honoured to serve as the Director of WHO at this year’s conference. From a young age, she has had a passion for human rights and foreign affairs, which has ultimately led her to Model UN in her junior year. However, her true love of MUN stems from the opportunity to create new bonds and memories with delegates all over Vancouver. Aside from MUN, she enjoys singing loudly in her room, making her special ramen recipe, and drinking copious amounts of black coffee. Catherine earnestly waits to meet all her delegates and wishes for them to spend a memorable and spectacular weekend at VMUN 2017!
Eric Zhang | Chair
Eric is currently a grade 11 student attending St. George’s School, and is ecstatic to serve as the Chair for WHO at VMUN 2017. After going to his first MUN conference in grade 7, he instantly fell in love with how professional and intense MUN was. In Eric’s spare time, you can find him outside playing basketball, on the interwebs watching anime, dancing to his favorite songs, or making horrendous grammar mistakes. Eric is looking forward to staffing at VMUN 2017, and he hopes to make it an unforgettable experience for everybody.
Fiona Reuter | Assistant Director
Fiona is a Grade 10 student at Crofton House School. When she first came across MUN in Grade 8, she was instantly captivated it. Through MUN, she has been able to expand her knowledge of world issues and gain valuable public speaking and debate experiences. This is Fiona’s first conference as a staff member, and she is thrilled to be able to serve as an Assistant Director for WHO. Outside of MUN, Fiona enjoys hanging out with her friends, golfing, running, musical theatre, and watching Netflix. Fiona is looking forward to VMUN 2017, and hopes she can help make the conference enjoyable and successful for the delegates of WHO this year!
Yoo Jin Bae | Assistant Director
Ever since she was forced into attending a Model United Nations conference in grade 9, Yoo Jin has been involved in the world of MUN, both as a delegate and as a staff member. Now a senior at Crofton House School, Yoo Jin realized that MUN is a great opportunity for students to deepen their thoughts and broaden their perspectives on worldly issues. Combining her interest in the current events, sparked by MUN, with her passion in the sciences, Yoo Jin is thrilled to serve as the Assistant Director of WHO for VMUN 2017. When she is not occupied with school work, Yoo Jin can be found watching exotic television shows or discovering new rap songs.
You can contact the Director at firstname.lastname@example.org. Any questions regarding the committee or its debate procedures will be answered by email. Position papers must also be submitted to this address.