The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization was founded in 1945 with the purpose of “contributing to peace and security by promoting international collaboration through educational, scientific, and cultural reforms in order to increase universal respect for justice, the rule of law, and human rights.” UNESCO pursues its objectives through five major programs: education, natural sciences, social/human sciences, culture and communication/information, and has sponsored a myriad of projects relating to education, media, and world history.
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 can be found on page 3 of the Background Guide.
Over the past 50 years, genetic engineering (GE) has become widely used to modify the characteristics of organisms. While experimentation and research in genetic engineering is most concentrated in developed nations, developing nations are also becoming the target audience for several new technologies in the field, such as GMOs with higher concentrations of vitamins to target malnourishment. As GE research increases in regard to the modification of the human genome—which violates current policy and recommendations surrounding the use of human genetic material and data—the field has been subject to much criticism. Evidently, as GE research rapidly evolves, policy and regulations regarding the ethical uses of these technologies must change as well. The establishment of regional or national ethics committees, ethical education programs, or new international frameworks to address the constantly evolving issues in this field may prove important to keep pace with research. Potential solutions must address not only the importance of safety in GE research, but also the implications of these technologies and their impact on human heritage.
Since the World Wars, the preservation of cultural heritage has become an issue of international importance and one of the primary concerns for UNESCO. The UNESCO World Heritage Site (WHS) designation aims to protect and raise awareness for symbols of cultural heritage and property around the world. However, over the past twenty years, increased conflict has resulted in the destruction of world heritage sites, largely through terrorist activities and Government negligence. Moreover, new technologies that present both solutions and threats to cultural heritage are not addressed by current protocols. Though cultural heritage is often unique to the cultural traditions of a particular state or region, more recent protocols and declarations have asserted that cultural properties are a significant symbol of international heritage. As such, delegates should seek to not only better protect cultural heritage sites in a constantly changing world, but also to reconcile the perceptions of cultural heritage as unique to a particular country of origin and perceptions pertaining to the international significance of cultural heritage.
Tiara Safaei | Director
Currently a senior at Crofton House School, Tiara is honoured to serve as the Director of UNESCO for VMUN 2020. Since reluctantly participating in her first MUN conference in grade 8, Tiara has come to appreciate the invaluable learning platform and collaborative environment that distinguish Model UN. Having delegated and staffed at several conferences since then, Tiara has developed both her previously nonexistent public speaking skills and her understanding of international affairs. In her time not occupied by Model UN or school, Tiara can be found abandoning engineering projects, spending unreasonable amounts of money on escape rooms, or playing with her cat.
Kevin Roe | Chair
Kevin Roe is a junior at Pacific Academy in the International Baccalaureate Programme, and he is elated to serve as the Chair of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization at VMUN 2020. When Kevin attended his first conference in grade 8, he became enthralled by the high level of diplomacy and debate delegates in his committee displayed. After his first conference, Kevin dedicated himself to Model United Nations, and he hopes to extend his passion for MUN to every delegate at VMUN 2020. Outside of Model United Nations, Kevin also enjoys playing his saxophone, reading books, and attempting to solve hard physics questions for fun. Kevin is excited to see the heated discussion amongst delegates at VMUN 2020!
Brooke Glazier | Assistant Director
Brooke Glazier is a senior attending Carson Graham Secondary School in North Vancouver, BC, and after having a ball at the conference over the past three years, she is pleased to serve as Assistant Director of UNESCO for VMUN 2020. Brooke is the Co-President of her school’s Model United Nations club and has been involved since freshman year. She has attended conferences in Vancouver as well as Europe and enjoys the teamwork and critical-thinking involved in MUN. Brooke hopes through the late nights and constantly-evolving debate bound to occur at VMUN 2020 that others find their place in the Model United Nations community. Outside of Model MUN, Brooke can be seen getting involved in her school community, surviving the IB and spending time with her friends. Brooke cannot wait to meet everyone in February!
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.