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 February 7th, 2020, at 23:59 PST. More information about position papers can be found on page 3 of the Background Guide.
The debate around drug legislation, especially in the discussion of decriminalization and legalization, has shifted the perspectives and approaches of governments all over the world. Where the emphasis in the past has been placed on punishment and retribution, politicians are growing increasingly aware of the benefits of harm reduction measures in promoting overall societal health. Whether large or small, progressive or conservative, countries and societies around the world are facing a new era of drug legislation. Through redesigning drug legislation and tailoring laws to suit different populations—and by engaging in multilateral agreements with neighbouring countries—delegates must navigate the complex social, economic, and political issues that are associated with the drug trade in order to arrive at an effective solution.
The term “terrorism” has long been synonymous with the exploits of Middle Eastern, armed militias along the likes of the Islamic State. But terrorism is certainly not confined to Syria or the Middle East, and most certainly is not the byproduct of a single ideology. Terrorism and extremism have gained political traction in countries like Somalia, Nigeria, and Afghanistan, and in nations where xenophobia has become endemic to societies, homegrown terror attacks have become increasingly common. Delegates must work towards diversifying their approaches to fighting against terrorist groups of different sizes and creeds. Through more multilateral discourse and connections, reaching out to vulnerable populations, and greater communication and collaboration with security forces, delegates can solve this politically and culturally sensitive issue with solutions tailored to the political climates of various nations.
Peter Zhang | Director
Peter is absolutely excited to serve as Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime at VMUN 2020. A junior at St. George’s School, this will be his third year of MUN and he has grown to love his experiences at each and every conference. He loves the dynamic world that is politics and international law, and this has drawn him to both MUN and debate. In fact, UNODC was the first committee he attended as part of his high school MUN journey. When not focused on those two activities, he can be found swimming, rewatching the best Netflix show of all time, and hunting through antique shops to find typewriters. He looks forward to meeting everyone at VMUN!
Alishba Irfan | Chair
As a junior at Fraser Heights Secondary, Alishba is incredibly delighted to serve as your Chair for UNODC at VMUN 2020. After entering the world of Model United Nations, Alishba has felt immense love for the diplomatic discussions, global discourse, and appreciates the many diverse skills that MUN has taught her. The intense but exciting atmosphere of MUN intrigued her to continue her journey and involve herself in political deliberation. When Alishba isn’t drowning in homework or stressing over debate, she can be found baking, writing poetry, or obsessively watching cooking competition shows. Regardless of whether you’re a beginner or advanced delegate, Alishba promises to make VMUN 2020 an unforgettable experience.
Emmalyn Tsang | Assistant Director
A junior at Mulgrave school, Emmalyn Tsang is a diligent student and accomplished public speaker, with experience from global academic tournaments like World’s Scholar’s Cup, speech competitions associated with DSABC and MUN conferences across Vancouver. An avid advocate for the environment, her friends describe her as a “treehugger,” spending her spare time volunteering for David Suzuki, and procrastinating with video games. In her spare time, she can be found pursuing her hobbies in music production, specifically of the indie and alternative rock genres. Regardless, her passion and interest in international politics have prompted her explore her interest in Model United Nations. Emmalyn looks forward to meeting delegates from all over the lower mainland, serving as the assistant director for UNODC.
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.