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, 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 World Health Organization deems access to secure and attainable medicine crucial to ensuring the highest possible health standard. In the status quo, however, approximately 2 billion people are deprived of essential medicines—ranging from standard cough syrups to integral painkillers. Developing nations are excluded from advancements in modern science, while impoverished and middle-class citizens in the developed world are rapidly losing eligibility for medical insurance programs. As a result, deaths by curable illnesses and treatable conditions have increased exponentially. In conjunction with deteriorating public health circumstances, citizens are also often required to pay extraordinary prices for life-sustaining pharmaceuticals. Without access to basic medicines, diseases will continue to endanger the lives of civilians globally.
As defined by the World Health Organization, obesity refers to the “abnormal and excess fat accumulation that presents a risk to overall health.” In the status quo, an estimated 150 million children suffer from obesity in 2019 and that number is likely to increase by 206 million in 2025. The childhood obesity epidemic is widespread across the globe, with 75 percent of obese children residing in developing nations. Due to the advancement of international trade agreements and the global importation of unhealthy foods, diets of civilians and children in developing nations have shifted dramatically in the previous decades, increasing accessibility to unhealthy foods on a national level. Furthermore, insufficient educational measures and physical education have fueled the child obesity epidemic.
Alishba Irfan | Director
Embarking on her senior year at Fraser Heights Secondary, Alishba is honoured to serve as the Director of the World Health Organization. After entering the world of Model United Nations, she has felt immense love for the diplomatic discussions, global discourse, and appreciates the many diverse skills that MUN has taught her. The intense but invigorating atmosphere of MUN intrigued her to continue her journey and involve herself in political deliberation. Aside from stumbling upon the simplest of math problems, Alishba can be found testing various vegan recipes, spending too much time with her cats, and fueling her addiction for caffeinated beverages. Regardless of whether you are a beginner or advanced delegate, Alishba promises to make VMUN 2021 an unforgettable experience.
Kevin Roe | Chair
Kevin Roe is currently a senior at Pacific Academy, and he is elated to serve as the Chair of the World Health Organization at VMUN 2021. Attending his first conference in Grade 8, Kevin views MUN as an opportunity to explore and debate international politics with students across the globe. He hopes that all delegates at VMUN 2021 will learn something new and encourages everyone to challenge themselves. Outside of MUN, not even his closest friends can find him outside as Kevin is always inside either reading webtoons, playing his saxophone, struggling to prepare for his IB exams, or grueling over university applications. Kevin hopes that everyone will stay safe during the pandemic and hopes to see everyone at VMUN 2021.
Brandon Chan | Assistant Director
Brandon is an always exhausted yet driven Grade 12 student from École Panorama Ridge Secondary and is thrilled to serve as your Assistant Director for WHO at VMUN 2021. Having started his MUN career in Grade 10 and due to his friend’s aggressive encouragement, Brandon, although stumbling through 4 or so speeches, was wholly captured by the heated flurry of debate, passion and the invaluable lessons developing delegates into progressive diplomats. Outside of MUN, Brandon can be found excessively listening to musical theatre, on the constant hunt for new Netflix shows, fuelling his bubble tea addiction, or spending his time laughing obnoxiously with friends. Whether you are just entering the world of MUN, or quite the experienced delegate, Brandon promises a memorable experience at VMUN 2021, and looks forward to a weekend of fruitful debate, thrilling discussions, and insightful discovery!
Lauren Thomas | Assistant Director
Currently a sophomore at Crofton House School, Lauren is thrilled to serve as the Assistant Director of the World Health Organization. Her interest in international relations began after living in Singapore for six years where she was exposed to a wide range of current events. Since her first conference more than two years ago, her enjoyment of challenging debate and diplomacy has only grown. Through MUN, she has made some of her closest friends. When not participating in MUN, Lauren can be found hanging out with her friends, reading good books, and walking around the city. Lauren is excited to see what VMUN 2021 holds in store and wishes the best of luck to all delegates at the conference.
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.