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)

Alison Lee | Director

Currently a junior at West Point Grey Academy, Alison is thrilled to be directing 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!

Helia Moghaddam | Chair

Helia Moghaddam is currently a junior at Port Moody Secondary, attending the IB Diploma Program. She is excited to be entering her third year of Model United Nations as a staff member to multiple conferences. Helia is passionate about public speaking and current events and hopes to foster that same passion for new delegates. Helia encourages new and experienced delegates to join the UNODC for an enriched delegate experience, full of intense debate and discussion. Outside of MUN, Helia directs the Blue Force Club at her school and started her own Youth Development Program to tackle the issues high school students endeavor. In her free time you can find Helia shopping, cramming for exams and rewatching Gossip Girl. Helia hopes to provide as exciting of an experience as she endured at her first VMUN conference.

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.