Based in Washington, D.C, the World Bank is the world’s largest development bank. It supplies loans to developing countries, focusing its efforts on agriculture, urban development, environmental protection, and governance. It works with countries to develop realistic debt-repayment plans as it strives to end poverty and build shared prosperity. Delegates in this mid-sized committee will question the balance of money and power, working to combat poverty and corruption in our world’s peripheral countries.
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 will be found on page 3 of each Background Guide.
Iraq and Syria have faced significant conflicts over the past eight years as a result of their respective civil wars. Much of their infrastructure has been ravaged and their economic institutions have been debilitated. The economies of the two countries have also been severely impacted by years of fighting, leading to numerous businesses shutting down and various factors of production rendered unusable. Currently, 70.4% of Iraqi’s and 80.5% of Syrians are classified as being in poverty. The World Bank seeks to help rebuild these countries and prevent Iraq and Syria from facing lasting economic instability that could lead to the emergence of another civil war or sectarian violence.
Over the past few decades, more economically developed countries have benefited immensely from the economic growth brought by digital integration. While these countries have prospered, many others have not because of the presence of conflicts, rampant political instability, and a general lack of resources. The integration of technology into existing sectors of developing countries, however, holds the potential to improve their efficiency and productivity immensely. Developing countries with traditional industries can utilize technology to make their economies more competitive on the world market, create new employment opportunities, and introduce higher paying jobs. The World Bank aims to promote the growth of innovative start-ups and small and medium-sized businesses, resilient digital economies, and the digitization of public institutions, such as education systems, to improve the quality and efficiency of institutions in the public sector.
Adam Cader | Director
Adam is currently a senior at St. George’s School and is honoured to be directing this year’s iteration of the World Bank. Ever since attending his first conference and discovering what the world of MUN has to offer; Adam has gained a deeper interest in international relations, diplomacy, and public speaking. When not in a MUN related activity, Adam spends his time reading The Economist, watching House of Cards, and attending school. Adam sincerely wishes that VMUN 2020 be a memorable and enjoyable experience for all delegates.
Nikki Wu | Chair
Nikki is currently a junior at Crofton House School and is beyond ecstatic to be serving as chair for the World Bank at VMUN 2020. Since attending her first MUN conference at the start of grade 8, she has found herself immersed in the intriguing world of Model United Nations. Whilst her experience in MUN has taught her valuable skills such as being persuasive and constantly argumentative, she has mostly mastered the art of catching up on sleep after a weekend of all nighters and exciting debate. When not overconsuming chocolate and bubble tea, she can be found debating, swimming competitively, or writing short stories. Nikki is looking forward to a fun weekend of productive debate, effective resolutions, and a plethora of new friendships!
Noah Wong | Assistant Director
A grade 11 student at Meadowridge School, Noah is excited to serve as the Assistant Director of the World Bank for VMUN 2020. Since speaking at his first conference in Grade 8, Noah has developed a passion for diplomacy and debate, which he hopes to pass on to new delegates. When he is not stressing about tests or procrastinating homework, Noah can be found in his free time fencing, playing basketball and spending too much money on food with his friends. Noah loves to travel and recently took part in a trade mission to Singapore and Malaysia where he worked to increase business opportunities for Canadian companies in the region. Noah is looking forward to meeting everyone and wishes all delegates the best of luck!
You can contact the Director at email@example.com. Any questions regarding the committee or its debate procedures will be answered by email. Position papers must also be submitted to this address.