United nations office on drugs and crime

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, 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: International Arrest Warrants (Click to show summary)

Topic B: Human Trafficking in the Illicit Drug Trade (Click to show summary)

Ellen Li | Director

As a Crofton House School sophomore, Ellen cannot wait to direct the UNODC at VMUN this year. Ellen likes to spend her spare time guiltily binging shows, painting, and purchasing various Asian food items. Ellen has been involved in the Model United Nations world for 2 years now, and views political public speaking as an unquantifiably useful passion. She welcomes you to contact her at any time to divulge any views on any political subjects, and hopes to see you all engaged in her committee at VMUN 2019!

Alison Lee | Chair

Currently a junior at West Point Grey Academy, Alison is thrilled to be chairing the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Since attending her first Model UN conference over a year ago, she has been and continues to be inspired by the passionate individuals around her and hopes to inspire others to immerse themselves in the incredibly rewarding activity. Aside from Model UN, Alison can be found holding a caffeinated beverage, tripping over her two left feet, and struggling to keep her plants alive. In the rare occasion that she attempts to be productive, Alison enjoys debating competitively, writing slam poetry, and reading humorous self-help books. Alison looks forward to a weekend of pragmatic debate and collaboration and is ecstatic to meet everyone at VMUN 2019!

Ronald Wu | Assistant Director

Ronald is currently a junior attending St George’s School and is ecstatic to serve as the Assistant Director of the UNODC at VMUN 2019. Since starting his MUN journey in grade 8, Ronald has always been passionate about perusing the trajectory of international affairs, conflicts, and social activism. Outside of MUN, Ronald’s participation in organizing feminist NGOs have encouraged him to further explore political leverage in social injustices as a life-long learner, and hence allows him to incorporate his personal experiences regarding human rights issues to conference designs. Ronald also enjoyed working during his vacations as a paralegal, where he enhanced his understanding to the nuances of criminal system and the paradoxical moral values of substantial justice. Ronald is extremely excited to meet all of the delegates this winter!

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