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 7, 2018, at 23:59. More information about position papers will be found on page 3 of each Background Guide.
With severe epidemics becoming more common, WHO must work on providing adequate medical care during these epidemics and engage in preventative measures for future epidemics. Often interventions are multi-lateral projects with the involvement of diverse member states, on the ground interventions during epidemics are becoming more challenging to manage logistically as the magnitude of outbreaks increase. A sustainable response plan and a framework for responses to assure efficiency must be developed. These outbreaks affect millions of people; consequently, it is vital that WHO develops unique and multifaceted solutions to solve this pressing issue.
In the 21st century, many developed and technologically advanced countries have the privilege of healthcare that is supported and regulated by the state; however, this is not the case in many countries. In countries with inadequate access to medical care through the state or legitimate sources, the illicit market has begun supplying medical care. The ultimate goal of the international community should be not only to control such black markets but also to provide alternatives and resources for citizens to gain access to more robust and safer healthcare. The existence of black markets in the medical field occurs not only in gaining access to doctors and other medical professionals, but also illegal transactions can take place in exchanges of medicine, medical records, and much more.
Brandon Zhou | Director
Brandon is currently a Grade 12 student at St. George’s School and he is thrilled to serve as the Director of the World Health Organization at VMUN 2018. He attended his first conference at the beginning of his high school career and has been fascinated by world affairs and diplomacy ever since. After many conferences and caucuses, Brandon sees the importance of Model UN because it not only allows participants to broaden their perspective of the world, but also helps develop rhetoric and critical thinking skills. His extracurricular interests include debating, eating, correcting grammar, and playing percussion. Brandon procrastinates by practicing piano, sleeping, and joining non-profit organizations. Brandon cannot wait to meet all the delegates at the conference, and hopes that it will be an unforgettable and educational experience.
Angelus McNally | Chair
Angelus, also often known as Angie, is incredibly excited to work with the amazing staff and delegates of VMUN as the chair of the WHO! She is a senior at Woodinville High School in Washington, and besides attending, staffing, or serving on the secretariat of conferences up and down the West Coast, she fills her days with photography, German culture, and singing. Her hobbies also include hiking, dancing (badly), and teaching her class of kindergarteners how to ski. In the future, she hopes to somehow combine biochemistry and computer science in some kind of “Black Mirror”-esque career and also travel into outer space. Angelus looks forward to seeing the growth and diverse solutions that the delegates of the WHO will achieve!
Janice Lam | Assistant Director
Janice is a senior at Crofton House School and she is ecstatic to be the Assistant Director of WHO. In her free time, Janice will probably be stressing out about her standardized tests, studying at her favourite cafe. watching Grey’s Anatomy, and working out. Since being in WHO at her first VMUN in 2014, Janice can confidently say that her passions for MUN stemmed from that committee. In her final year of MUN and at the final conference that she will be staffing, Janice is extremely grateful to be staffing the committee that started it all for her.
Bonita Chang | Assistant Director
Bonita is currently a grade 11 attending Shawnigan Lake School. She was instantly captivated by the intensity and professionalism of MUN in her first conference in grade 9. Ever since then, Bonita has involved in all aspects of MUN, from delegating, staffing to working on the secretariat team. Outside of MUN, she enjoys traveling, reading and dancing. Bonita is delighted to be serving as the Assitant Director of World Health Organization this year and will work hard to make it the best experience for all delegates.
You can contact the Director at email@example.com. Any questions regarding the committee or its debate procedures will be answered by email. Position papers must also be submitted to this address.