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 January 22nd, 2021, at 23:59 PST. More information about position papers can be found on page 3 of the Background Guide.
The role of organized crime in political suppression entails utilizing sophisticated criminal networks to suppress opposition against the government or to silence public dissent. This has allowed for the emergence of powerful criminal groups in countries like Mexico, Russia, and China, where politicians redirect public investment to criminal organizations and exploit said organizations’ power to attack any opposition. These criminal groups have close connections to individuals in the government and military at all levels; thus, the dangers posed by such criminal groups threaten public security and law enforcement and those of the international community. As such, social, political, and worldwide economic development is severely hindered and leave long-lasting consequences on society.
Drugs are a common symbol of rebellion and societal change: they have become an integral part of mainstream culture in the 21st century. However, a wave of reform in the last 50 years has subjected the world to a plethora of issues such as discriminatory incarceration and poor global health security. With this in mind, the decriminalization of drugs refers to removing criminal penalties for drug law violations. By decriminalizing possession while investing in long-term harm reduction strategies, countries can significantly reduce the grave consequences of drug laws and misuse. Several of the United Nations’ drug strategies since 1950 have ended in crushing failure; thus, it could not be more clear that an international re-evaluation of drug policy is needed.
Cindy Zhang | Director
Currently a junior at Fraser Heights Secondary, Cindy is honoured to serve as the Director of UNODC at VMUN 2021. Her Model UN journey began in the eighth grade, driven by both curiosity and peer pressure. Nonetheless, despite showing up late to her first-ever committee session and being coerced into giving a 7-second speech, she immediately became immersed in the enthralling world of Model UN. Outside of the committee room when Cindy isn’t sacrificing copious amounts of sleep over academics, she can be found drinking iced americanos with six espresso shots, running at 6 AM, or taking naps in the sun with her cats. Whether it is your first conference or tenth, Cindy hopes that VMUN 2021 will be filled with newfound friendships and memories that will last lifetimes.
Eric Li | Chair
A junior at St. George’s School, Eric is ecstatic to serve as Chair of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime at VMUN 2021. Embarking on the third year of his profoundly fruitful involvement in MUN, Eric is eternally grateful for the experiences, friendships, and knowledge he has gained within the realms of diplomacy and global affairs. Outside of the committee room, Eric can be found racing down the left flank of a soccer pitch, filling his Spotify sing-along playlist with old Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, and One Direction tunes, and crying (as a result of his unforgiving pollen allergies). Eric eagerly awaits the weekend of diplomacy that he hopes will be one of the most memorable weekends of the school year for all participants!
Victoria Munro | Assistant Director
Victoria is currently a junior at Crofton House School and is honoured to be serving as the Assistant Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime this year. Her interest in political, economic, and social affairs was sparked through participating in MUN conferences, and she has always found it interesting to hear different perspectives on global issues. Victoria’s goal is to create an encouraging and diverse environment where everyone feels comfortable enough to speak as well as help foster engaging debate. Outside the world of MUN, Victoria can be found watching The Office, baking, playing Animal Crossing New Horizons, and hanging out with friends. Victoria cannot wait to meet everyone at VMUN 2021!
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