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 are mandatory and must be submitted by January 28th, 2022, at 23:59 PST. More information about position papers can be found on page 3 of the Background Guide.
In the modern day, technology continues to take a centre-stage place in international journalism and transparency. Promoting ethical journalism is critical in allowing the preservation of free speech; however, unstable and corrupt governments, domestic conflicts, and technological censorship all play a part in limiting access to sincere journalism. Untrustworthy journalism can lead to decreased government accountability and a rise in political, economic, and social instability. Finally, recent developments in information technology have proven to be an unprecedented source of false information, with new challenges in its regulation.
The theft and illegal trade of cultural items, from works of art to historical buildings, is an issue that has plagued nations all over the world. Unmonitored or vulnerable archaeological sites are prone to looting and pillaging—the most common method for traffickers to procure cultural property illicitly. It is estimated that the proceeds from cultural property trafficking range from USD 3.4 to 6.3 billion each year. These funds are typically linked to criminal or terrorist organizations, as trading illegally-sourced cultural items is a common method of money laundering for these groups. When such actions continue without government action, not only will efforts to prevent violence from criminal groups be hindered, but humanity will also lose significant amounts of valuable historical and cultural knowledge.
Megan Wang | Director
Megan is a Grade 12 student at Lord Byng Secondary School and is ecstatic to serve as the Director of UNESCO at VMUN 2022. Ever since setting foot into the realm of Model UN as a timid Grade 9 student, she has been enthralled by the fiery discourse that unfolds in the ballrooms of the Hyatt Regency. Model UN has given Megan the chance to overcome her initial fear of public speaking, engage in global affairs, and make a group of long-lasting friends like no other. Outside of MUN, Megan can be found discussing pasta geography, playing her violin out of tune, and attempting to sleep before 10 p.m. every night (with varying degrees of success). Megan is incredibly excited to meet all of her delegates and cannot wait to preside over a weekend of diplomacy and debate.
Aubrey King | Chair
Aubrey is in her fourth and final year at Shawnigan Lake School on Vancouver Island and is delighted to serve as the Assistant Director of UNESCO for VMUN 2022. This is Aubrey’s fourth VMUN, and staffing at this incredible conference has been a dream of hers since Grade 9. Over the course of four years and several conferences—not to mention the late nights, early mornings and long sessions unique to MUN—Model UN has helped her learn and grow tremendously as a person. In her free time, Aubrey loves to hike, cycle, bake, and spend time with friends. Aubrey hopes that all delegates learn something new, push themselves to perform to the best of their ability, and enjoy every moment of this year’s VMUN.
Isabella Pliska | Assistant Director
Currently going into Grade 11 at Crofton House School, Isabella is ecstatic to be serving as Assistant Director of UNESCO at VMUN 2022. Since being coerced into giving a 10-second speech at her first conference, Isabella’s passion for politics and international affairs has only grown, as she continues to be intrigued by the complex and intricate nature of global politics. Outside of the committee room, Isabella can be found playing field hockey, hunting for new Netflix shows (she has many recommendations), attempting to teach Spanish to her friends, and finding new places to eat. Isabella looks forward to meeting everyone and to the engaging debate that will ensue over the upcoming weekend. She wishes all the delegates the best of luck at VMUN 2022.
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.