Founded in 1945, the Food and Agriculture Organization is the oldest Specialized Agency of the United Nations. It is tasked with ensuring agricultural stability and achieves this by addressing food security and issues concerning forestry and fishery. Delegates in this mid-sized committee will synthesize humanitarianism with science, striving to fulfil the motto ‘Fiat Panis’: Let there be bread.
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.
In Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia, and Yemen, upwards of 20 million people are at risk of starvation due to famine conditions. These famine conditions are the product of both civil conflict and environmental disasters. This situation is both severe and complex; consequently, the FAO must come up with multifaceted, effective solutions and must also prepare these states for future famines.
Currently, the human population on this planet is an estimated 7.5 billion. By 2050, based on our current trajectory, that number is expected to rise to 9.2 billion. The rapid increase in the world’s population mandates the establishment of a framework in order to adequately prevent and address the onset of potential problems. Among these emerging problems is the egregious task of feeding rising population. As the world’s population increases, so does the world’s consumption of goods and services, particularly the consumption of food. Our current agricultural practices and frameworks will not be able to support 9 billion people; consequently, a system for advancement and investment must be implemented in order to assure sustainable population growth.
Samuel Chen | Director
Currently a junior at St. George’s school, Samuel is ecstatic to serve as the Director of FAO at VMUN 2018! After first immersing himself into the world of Model United Nations in grade 7, he has delegated and staffed 10+ conferences and hopes bring in his extensive experience into debates and discussions. Fitting with the theme of the FAO, Samuel is a food enthusiast and encourages all delegates to recommend him with any suggestions related to food. Outside of MUN, Samuel is also an avid debater and an even more avid procrastinator who will most likely envy your struggles to hand in your position papers on time. He enjoys playing ultimate, hanging out with friends, and binge-watching Netflix. Samuel hopes that your experience at VMUN 2018 will be an unforgettable one and can’t wait to meet all the delegates!
Eunice Lui | Chair
Eunice is currently in her senior year at Dr. Charles Best Secondary, and is thrilled to be serving as the Chair for FAO at VMUN 2018. From a young age, Eunice was eager to learn about the world and would ask her father to read the newspaper to her every morning at breakfast. Although she was introduced into the world of MUN later than most, Eunice instantly fell in love with the professionalism and intensity of debates and discussions. In her spare time, Eunice can be found roaming around Vancouver with her DSLR, playing basketball with people twice her size, or sleeping on her homework. Eunice looks forward most to meeting everyone, and hopes to make VMUN 2018 a memorable conference.
Andrew Guo | Assistant Director
A grade 11 student at Fraser Heights Secondary, Andrew is honored to serve as the assistant director of the Food and Agricultural Organization at Vancouver Model United Nations 2018. After stepping into the world of Model UN 2 years ago, Andrew has never looked back, enjoying the experiences created out of every conference. Andrew hopes to create a committee environment that is not only professional and friendly but also memorable and fun. When not eating Tonkotsu ramen, Andrew is most likely complaining about his English essays, cooking Chinese food, or biking to the nearest restaurant. Andrew looks forward to not failing physics this semester, and meeting all of the delegates in FAO. Feel free to reach out to him anytime if you have questions or concerns!
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.