The International Atomic Energy Agency was founded in 1957 to promote the use of nuclear energy for peaceful aims and diminish the dangers associated with it. The IAEA serves as the primary forum for discussion of all things relating to Nuclear Energy and also plays a vital role in the regulation of Nuclear weaponry.
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 February 7th, 2020, at 23:59 PST. More information about position papers will be found on page 3 of the Background Guide.
Nuclear incidents have been a prevalent concern since the development of nuclear energy. It is evident that many pieces of land have been contaminated with radiation, be it from missiles and bombs directed towards other nations or as a result of power plant meltdowns. Many of these zones are still deemed dangerous for individuals who are within a certain radius of the affected area. These radiation zones can be a burden to the resources of nations and have significantly increased the number of inhabitable zones among growing populations. In order to remediate these zones more quickly, there must be an established plan that outlines the appropriate framework and proper timelines, as well as a joint effort between all countries to share resources and information on combating radiation.
As the proliferation of nuclear power and energy persists in the 21st century, countries with significant resources or ambitions are beginning to weaponize the technology for the benefit of their nation. World powers are inconspicuously creating new and advanced warfare, which in turn prompts developing countries to start manufacturing weapons of their own, a course of action rooted in the fear of being defenceless from a nuclear attack. Through the implementation of stricter treaties, improving preemptive measures, and prompting proliferation resistance, nations are able to decrease the threat of nuclear war. Delegates must not only consider the drawbacks of nuclear power—such as the environmental and ecological damage it can cause and the impact it has on health—but also the benefits that come with it.
Cathy Hu | Director
As a rising senior at Fraser Heights Secondary School, Cathy cannot be more excited to serve as the Director of the IAEA at VMUN 2020. Since her reluctant introduction to Model UN four years ago, Cathy has found a passion for diplomacy and debate, all while cherishing the friendships that she has made along the way. When she is not banging the gavel, Cathy can be found travelling, spending way too much money on food or online shopping, or playing roulette on Netflix to find a new show. She looks forward to meeting everyone and hopes to create new, unforgettable memories together. Cathy wishes all delegates the best of luck, and is looking forward to meeting everyone soon!
Koby Chen | Chair
Embarking on his sophomore year at St. George’s school, Koby is beyond elated to be serving as the chair for the International Atomic Energy Agency. Model United Nations, being the intersection of debate, diplomacy, and oversized statecraft, has been an activity he has relished and engaged in since grade 8. Outside of Model UN, Koby can be found obsessively binging Netflix sitcoms, swimming laps at the pool, and struggling to center clay at the potter’s wheel. He is certain that IAEA and this iteration of VMUN will be an electric experience for all delegates, and he hopes that all delegates will savor this weekend full of discourse.
Jordan Rosenfeld | Assistant Director
Jordan is a student at St. George’s School, and is in his senior year. Jordan has been participating in Model United Nations as both a delegate and a staff since he entered 8th grade. This will be Jordan’s 5th time participating in VMUN, and he is thrilled to join the VMUN staffing team as his high school career comes to a close. MUN has allowed Jordan to broaden his perspective on world views, and has been a vessel for Jordan to improve his debate and public speaking skills. Apart from MUN, Jordan enjoys watching Netflix, playing hockey and rugby, and travelling with his family. Jordan is excited to acquaint himself with all of the delegates of VMUN 2020 and wishes all participants the best of luck.
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