The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development is an intergovernmental economic organisation with 37 member countries, founded in 1961 to stimulate economic progress and world trade. It is a forum of countries describing themselves as “committed to democracy and the market economy,” providing a platform to compare policy experiences, seek answers to common problems, identify best practices, and coordinate domestic and international policies. Most OECD members are high-income economies with a very high level of human development, collectively comprising nearly two-thirds of global nominal GDP.
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 13, 2019, at 23:59 PST. More information about position papers can be found on page 3 of the Background Guide.
An essential question at the heart of a society is that of justice. What is a crime? What gives the state the right to punish individuals for their actions? Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? What is just in a democratic and multicultural society like Canada? These questions have no clear and final answers – like most things in a nation, they are a continual work in progress. Throughout the country, malaise over the apparently forgotten plight of impoverished minorities, demand for drug liberalisation, and sentencing reform have risen to a fever pitch; Parliament must rise to the occasion and make bold and multi-faceted reforms to ensure the future of a just and equitable Canada.