The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime has worked to fight against illicit drug trades, international crime, and terrorism since its creation in 1997. These three areas include many distinct and varied specializations that UNODC Member States attempt to resolve. The UNODC pursues its goals through three avenues: research and increasing understanding of issues, supporting local governments in fighting issues, and supporting the ratification of treaties regarding issues. The UNODC is also known for its annual World Drug Report detailing trends and changes in worldwide drug use and production.
This committee is designed for both beginners and experienced delegates alike. Position papers are mandatory and must be submitted by April 17, 2022, at 23:59 PST. More information about position papers can be found on page 3 of the Background Guide.
Money laundering is the process of concealing dirty money to create the facade of legitimate origins so the funds can be reinvested into the legal economy; it is utilized by criminals, government officials, terrorists, and financial institutions to expand their operations. The rapid digitization of economies and influx of digital currencies globally have complexified money laundering schemes while simplifying their execution. Major financial institutions collude with launderers for businesses, and poor upholding of anti-money laundering compliance standards allow for most cases to go unnoticed. At its core, money laundering threatens the legitimacy of economies, businesses, and governments, while prospering criminal organizations.
The oil industry and its exports contribute significantly to government revenue in many African countries; however, unlike other oil-rich regions, most African communities have not benefited from oil profits. Contrarily, because of theft, corruption, smuggling, and lack of government oversight, people have continually suffered from the ramifications of oil abundance. Scarce job opportunities push people to crime, leading to pipeline tapping and illegal refineries that cause oil leaks and environmental damages, destroying agriculture, fishing, and drinking water sources, which in turn perpetuates poverty cycles and leads to more crime. Authorities tasked with supervising such actions often become complicit, aiding in trafficking operations. Without immediate action, communities will continue to be tormented by the resources right beneath their feet.
Neil Hong | Director
A Grade 11 student at St. George’s School, Neil is beyond honoured to serve as the Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime at Vancouver Model United Nations 2022. Stepping into a committee room for the first time as a 7th grader, Neil was promptly entranced by the vivacious debate and multifarious atmosphere. From inciting a love for world affairs to enabling him with the power of speech, Model UN has truly shaped Neil into who he is today, and for that, he is inextricably grateful. When not embracing his inner weeb in secret, Neil can be found stirring up questionable concoctions in the kitchen, expanding his collection of chef knives, and attempting to sing in an operatic fashion. Neil wishes all delegates the best of luck in their preparation and looks forward to a remarkable weekend of debate.
Megan Wang | Chair
Megan is a Grade 12 student at Lord Byng Secondary School and is ecstatic to serve as the Chair of the UNODC 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.
Sophia Wei | Assistant Director
Sophia is a Grade 11 student at Crofton House School and is thrilled to be serving as the Assistant Director of UNODC at VMUN 2022. Ever since her first conference in Grade 8, she has been captivated by the fascinating yet extremely chaotic discourse. Her passion for Model UN and international relations has only grown through these four years, and she recalls with fondness sprinting up 23 flights of stairs after an exhausting midnight crisis session. In her spare time, Sophia can be caught switching to “dark mode” to feel like a secret agent, exploring Greater Vancouver by bike, and frequently confusing her TI-83 Plus for her phone. Sophia hopes that VMUN 2022 will be an unforgettable and unique experience for all!
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