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 January 22nd, 2021, at 23:59 PST. More information about position papers can be found on page 3 of the Background Guide.
As part of the Sustainable Development Goals—specifically, Target 4.6—UNESCO aims to ensure that all youth and most adults achieve literacy and numeracy by 2030. However, at least 750 million youth and adults still lack the fundamental literacy skills necessary to succeed in the workplace, and over 262 million youth are out of school. Strong literacy skills are especially crucial in rural and conflict-ridden areas in order for people to escape the cycle of poverty, but with a multitude of factors such as poor infrastructure, violence, and intergenerational transmission of illiteracy, a fully literate population is still far from being achieved.
Access to information is addressed in two parts: the development of internet infrastructure and Freedom of Information (FOI)—which is deemed as the right to access information held by public bodies, as recognized in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Recent events have not only highlighted the necessity for internet access but also the insufficient development of the internet in many rural areas, including those in developed countries. Without the adequate broadband access, many people lose out on job opportunities and are unable to access essential information and government services. In terms of FOI, government media censorship remains a large issue in many countries. The lack of transparency infringes on the people’s right to access public information and results in manipulation, corruption, and unregulated power, all of which ultimately harm the people.
Angel Yuan | Director
Angel is currently a senior at Crofton House School and is honoured to be serving as the Director of UNESCO at VMUN 2021. This will sadly be her fifth and final year of high school Model United Nations, but nevertheless, she is ecstatic to spend her weekend with delegates and friends. Ever since starting her Model UN journey in Grade 8, she has grown to crave the sleepless nights and intense debates. She hopes delegates can discover a new side of themselves by stepping out of their comfort zones. Outside of MUN, Angel can be found stressing over university applications, volunteering in her community, staying up late binging TV shows (she has many recommendations), and baking with her friends. Angel cannot wait to meet all the delegates and wishes everyone the best of luck at VMUN 2021!
Angela Lu | Chair
Angela is currently a rising Senior attending York House School, and is ecstatic to be serving as the Chair of UNESCO at VMUN 2021! When she first came in contact with Model UN in Grade 9, she quickly became passionate about learning problems that were happening across the world. Ever since then, Angela has delegated numerous conferences, and is extremely excited to be attending VMUN for the third time! In her free time, Angela loves to debate, annoy her cat, drink coffee with too many espresso shots, and discover new restaurants across Vancouver. She is looking forward to a weekend of fruitful debate and productive discussion!
Daniel Roozbeh | Assistant Director
Entering his final year at St. George’s Secondary School, Daniel is delighted to serve as the Assistant Director of UNESCO for VMUN 2021. Being someone dedicated to the sciences, the first conference Daniel attended in grade 8 was in a world different to his own. Daniel has been able to grow tremendously as a public speaker and has enjoyed meeting amazing new people in the process. Outside of MUN, Daniel can be seen out on the field preparing for his next Saints-VC soccer series, working with his athletes as a head coach with the Special Olympics, and to contrast most of the previous staff members… actually getting 8 hours of sleep! Daniel is looking forward toward a great weekend full of debate and fun. However, if it ends up being on a Zoom call, he will be experiencing a lot of technical issues.
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.