UNITED NATIONS ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COMMISSION FOR ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

BACKGROUND GUIDE

TOPIC A: HIV/Aids in Asia

TOPIC B: Sustainable Economic Development

Grace Hua

Dear Delegates,

I’m so excited to welcome you to ILMUNC XXIV! My name is Grace Hua and I, along with Kaitlyn Ham cannot wait for a weekend filled with thoughtful debate, diplomatic collaboration, and interesting working paper names. I hope that UNESCAP will provide you with lots of intellectual conversation, unforgettable memories, and hopefully many meaningful relationships!

As for a brief introduction about me, I hail proudly from the rainy but beautiful city of Vancouver, Canada. I am a junior at the University of Pennsylvania double-majoring in International Relations and Philosophy, as well as minoring in Consumer Psychology. I guess you could say that I dabble in a couple of fields! Outside of classes and the IAA, I’m actively involved in the Penn Debate Society, serving as one of the vice presidents of the club. I am also a project manager for MUSE Consulting (a for-profit consulting club on campus), a sister of alpha Kappa Delta Phi, and a former editor for the Penn Undergraduate Law Journal. With the rare chunks of free time I have, I love to explore the city’s food scene, have jam sessions with my friends, and binge watch scandal on Netflix.

This will be my 3rd ILMUNC since coming to Penn, having been an Assistant Secretary General my first year, and Moderator my second. If you have any questions, whether it be about Model UN, Penn, or life in general, please don’t hesitate to reach out. I look forward to meeting each and every one of you at conference!

Sincerely,

Grace Hua

Chair, United Nations Economic and Social Commission
The 34h Ivy League Model United Nations Conference

 

Kaitlyn Ham

Dear Delegates,

I am beyond excited to welcome you all to the 34th annual Ivy League Model United Nations Conference. My name is Kaitlyn Ham and I your Moderator for the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) committee this year. I cannot wait to begin what is sure to be one of the most stimulating and fun conferences ever!

I am in the College of Arts and Sciences studying Criminology and the interdisciplinary major Philosophy, Politics, and Economics as a part of the class of 2020 with the goal of becoming a civil rights lawyer. I come from a military family as both of my parents spent 20 years in the Navy. You can catch me wearing my favorite Naval Aviation baseball cap while talking about the Blue Angels and rooting for Navy to crush Army in the most important football game of the year. Although, I am a military brat I normally tell people I am form Pensacola, Florida home of the Blue Angels and the best beaches. I became interested in model UN because of the different topics that are discussed and how it is important to take into account different perspectives in order to solve problems. Model UN allows people to try to empathize with other cultures and understand views other than their own. The Model UN world mixes the just right amounts of logic and creativity that will be important in solving real world problems in the future.

This will be my second ILMUNC and I know the secretariat is working hard to make sure that it is the best one yet. I was an assistant- secretary general for the University of Pennsylvania Model United Nations Conference (UPMUNC), our college model UN conference and am the Under- Secretary General for ECOSOC committees for UPMUNC 51. This committee is sure to be engaging and incite constructive debate. I along with Grace, the chair, will be working tirelessly to ensure that this committee ranks among your favorites in your model UN career and your enthusiasm will make it that much better. I cannot wait for what is sure to be an amazing weekend!

Best,

Kaitlyn Ham

Moderator, United Nations Economic and Social Commission
The 34h Ivy League Model United Nations Conference