UNITED NATIONS OFFICE ON DRUGS AND CRIME (2006)

BACKGROUND GUIDE

TOPIC A: Human Trafficking

TOPIC B: African Conflict Diamonds

Rong Xiang

Dear Delegates,

Welcome to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (2006) of ILMUNC XXXIV! My name is Rong, and I am incredibly honored and excited to be serving as your moderator.

I grew up in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, a suburb outside of Philadelphia, and participated extensively in Model UN during high school. As a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences, I plan on majoring in Fine Arts and minoring in Computer Science. Given today’s globalized sphere, the role of international relations is increasingly important, and I am incredibly proud to be a part of a conference that seeks to grow global awareness among high school students. Outside of serving as a chair for this committee, I previously served as the Under-Secretary-General of Specialized Agencies for the Ivy League Model United Nations Conference (ILMUNC), a chair for ILMUNC China, and the Director of Operations for ILMUNC Peru. I also spend a lot of my time professing my love for Beyoncé, being goofy with friends, and finding new places to eat.

This year, UNODC will focus on two exciting topics: human trafficking and South African blood diamonds. The presence of these at ILMUNC XXXIV reminds us of the continual need to take drugs and criminal acts seriously, especially on a global scale. This committee is also creative addition to ILMUNC’s traditional General Assembly committees. As a historical committee, UNODC will not only offer to delegates an opportunity to speak on more focused topics, but also a chance to alter the course of history! In seeking to resolve these issues, I urge delegates to consider committee content from all facets: economic, sociocultural, and political. Further, the best arguments are those that are well-researched, practiced, and polished – I look forward to hearing your positions come January!

At conference, Meghana’s and my utmost priority is to make the weekend an enjoyable, enriching experience for you all. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us. I encourage you to make the best of this opportunity: speak up, be bold, and make friends!

Best Regards,

Rong Xiang

Chair, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
The 34th Ivy League Model United Nations Conference

 

Meghana Reddy

Dear Delegates,

Welcome to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (2006) at ILMUNC 34! My name is Meghana Reddy and I am extremely pleased to be your moderator this weekend. Get ready for a rewarding weekend, filled with stimulating debate and lasting memories. The entire secretariat and all the staffers have been working very hard to make this weekend one of the best!

Briefly, I would like to take some time to introduce myself: I am a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences studying Health and Societies. I am also minoring in Chemistry and hope to attend medical school in a few years. Feel free to ask me any questions if any of these subjects are of interest to you as well! I was born and raised on Long Island, NY, where I started my Model UN career in the 9th grade and continued it throughout high school. I attended multiple college conferences, just like ILMUNC, and expanded my love for learning and debating global affairs. At Penn, I joined the International Affairs Association as a sophomore, where I quickly rekindled my love for all things MUN. I look forward to being on the other side of the table and seeing how my perspective on Model UN evolves. Apart from MUN, I love exploring new cities, running and eating frozen yogurt.

I am very excited to see how this committee progresses with Rong, who is super awesome and has been working very hard as well. We’re so excited to guide you through one of ILMUNC’s highest-caliber, more competitive committees! This year’s topics are especially thought provoking and we all look forward to the innovative resolutions that are going to come out of this debate. I hope you all have done some research on the topics beforehand and have developed some of your own thoughts and ideas. Of course, feel free to reach out to any of the dais or your very hardworking USG, Aiden Reiter, if you have any questions or concerns. Looking forward to seeing you all!

Best Wishes,

Meghana Reddy

Moderator, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
The 34th Ivy League Model United Nations Conference