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 Sunday, January 13, 2019, at 23:59 PST. More information about position papers can be found on page 3 of the Background Guide.

Topic A: Cultural Expression of Ethnic Minorities (Click to show summary)

Topic B: Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists (Click to show summary)

Janette Kim | Director

Janette is a senior at Pacific Academy and is ecstatic to serve as the Director of UNESCO and VMUN 2019. Enthralled by world events and diplomacy, Janette has attended Model United Nations conferences since Grade 9. Although once a shy, unconfident 14 year old, Janette has grown to recognize the impacts of public speaking and networking that MUN entails. Janette believes that MUN is not only a platform that allows participants to broaden their perspective of the world, but also helps develop rhetoric and critical thinking skills. During her free time, one can see Janette exploring Greater Vancouver’s food industry, impulsively shopping, and going out to meet her friends. Janette hopes that VMUN 2019 is filled with intense debate, collaboration, and communication.

Sherry Sun | Chair

A senior student at Richmond Christian School, Sherry is elated to act as your chair for UNESCO at VMUN 2019. From attending a plethora of conferences over the past four years of her engagement, she is truly appreciative of how Model UN has transformed her perspective of global issues and international relations. Besides her Model UN involvement and academic studies, Sherry enjoys working for non-profit organizations, spending time with her friends, and journaling in her free time. Regardless of your past experiences with Model UN, she hopes that you will grow in your passion for public speaking. She cannot wait to meet everyone at VMUN!

John Cicci | Assistant Director

John is a Grade 12 Student at St. Georges School. He is honoured to be serving as the Assistant Director of the UNESCO in his 6th and potentially final year of MUN. John’s MUN journey started when pure ambition and desire persuaded him to joining his school’s MUN club a mere month late. Five years later, he is absorbing every bit of diplomacy, debate, and knowledge MUN has thrown at him thus far. MUN is truly a form of 21st century education, where experimentation, interaction, and freedom breeds intelligence in bright, young individuals. John puts every effort into making MUN the most rewarding and valuable experience for all youth. When not catching up on sleep, John can be found playing sports such as rugby and hockey, constantly debating about politics in the Excited States (The United States), and planning other events in his community, like conferences and charities. John hopes all delegates have a fantastic experience at VMUN 2019.

You can contact the Director at unesco@vmun.com with any questions regarding the committee or its debate procedures. Position papers must also be submitted to this address.