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World Health Organization

The World Health Organization was established in 1948 and is composed of 193 Member States. Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, the organization’s role is to serve as the “authority for health within the United Nations system,” and to provide “leadership on global health matters.” Current objectives of the WHO are laid out in a Six-Point Agenda aimed at responding to the challenges of an “increasingly complex and rapidly changing landscape” of global public health. The points on the agenda are: (1) promoting development; (2) fostering health security; (3) strengthening health systems; (4) harnessing research, information and evidence; (5) enhancing partnerships; and (6) improving performance.

This committee is designed for both beginners and experienced delegates alike. Position papers are mandatory and must be submitted by April 17, 2022, at 23:59 PST. More information about position papers can be found on page 3 of the Background Guide.

Topic A: Pathogens in Conflict Areas (Click to show summary)

Topic B: Medical Training in the Developing World (Click to show summary)


Ryan Meira | Director

Entering his Grade 12 year at St. George’s School, Ryan is both thrilled and honoured to be serving as the Director of the World Health Organization at VMUN 2022. Since discovering the immersive world of Model United Nations, Ryan has seen his passion and interest in international relations and diplomacy grow and change with each unique experience. As a Director, he hopes that he can facilitate the same fast-paced, intelligent, and sometimes witty atmosphere that he fell in love with at his first conference. He urges all delegates, old and new, to step outside their comfort zone and challenge themselves to learn something new. When not participating in MUN-related activities, Ryan can be found hanging out with friends, struggling to find new Netflix shows to watch, or listening to absurd amounts of music. This year, he looks forward to a weekend of diplomacy and seeing delegates on the committee floor at VMUN 2022.


Richard Min | Chair

Richard is currently a Grade 11 student at Burnaby North Secondary and is honoured to serve as the Chair of the World Health Organization at VMUN 2022. Despite his hesitant beginnings, each additional conference brought out more and more confidence, whether that be in the form of unnecessarily dramatic secondary speeches or creating blocs during roll call. As one of his favourite extracurriculars, MUN has expanded his scope of both local and international events, allowing Richard to meet a plethora of interesting people. In his free time, Richard can be found hopping around fandoms, dabbling in poetry, and having conversations via Google Docs. Richard looks forward to a weekend of spectacular debate, complete with its fair share of humorous moments, and cannot wait to meet you all this April.


Emily Ramlochun | Assistant Director

Entering her Grade 12 year at Crofton House School, Emily is honoured to serve as the Assistant Director of the World Health Organization. Throughout the last five years, she has been captivated by the fast-paced nature of committee sessions as well as the lasting friendships that the MUN community has offered. As a staff member, she is dedicated to sharing the passion she holds for MUN with delegates at VMUN 2022. In her free time, you are likely to find Emily going on spontaneous drives, making her signature ice coffee, or filling up her camera roll with pictures of sunsets. As she enters her final year of high school, Emily can’t wait for an incredible weekend of debate and is looking forward to meeting everyone!


Abigail Chee | Assistant Director

Currently in her Grade 12 year at Crofton House School, Abby is delighted to serve as the Assistant Director of the World Health Organization for VMUN 2022. From the moment she first raised her placard to the late night crisis committee meetings she attended during midnight crises, Abby has relished the debate, diplomacy, and community that is Model UN. VMUN has allowed her to make treasured memories with her friends—both in committee rooms and out. Apart from Model UN, Abby spends her time playing tennis, baking questionable health-food creations, and hunting for the best sun protection gear. Abby looks forward to welcoming you all to the World Health Organization at VMUN 2022!

You can contact the Director at Any questions regarding the committee or its debate procedures will be answered by email. Position papers must also be submitted to this address.

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