WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION

BACKGROUND GUIDE

TOPIC A: Access to Healthcare in Conflict-Stricken Contries

TOPIC B: Rise of Non-Communicable Diseases: Cancer in Developing Nations

Luke Tortora

Dear Delegates,

Welcome to ILMUNC XXIV! My name is Luke Tortora, and it is my pleasure to welcome you to the World Health Organization committee. I am looking forward to what promises to be a great conference, and most importantly, I am incredibly excited to meet and engage with you all.

Here at Penn, healthcare is a passion of mine: to this end, I am pursuing a major in Health and Societies and a minor in Healthcare Management. I have been involved with Model UN since high school, and with ILMUNC for my entire college career, having served as an Assistant Secretary-General in my freshman year and as an assistant chair in my sophomore year. Outside of MUN, I am also involved heavily with community service and social impact consulting, and in my free time, enjoy cooking Italian food. I would be happy to connect with any of you about any of these experiences, whether before or at conference!

The nature of global health is dynamic and complex, and WHO’s topics this year are no exception. Katerina and I are looking forward to a weekend that is intellectual, driven, and collaborative. We strongly encourage you to read and explore the background guide, and to come prepared with additional research to understand the topics, the policies of your respective countries, and ideas about possible solutions.

Again, I am so excited to welcome you to the committee – I am sure that the memories we form and the progress we make at WHO will make this ILMUNC your best yet! If you have any questions, please reach out through our USG, Fiona Bardoshi. See you in January!

Warmly,

Luke Tortora

Chair, World Health Organization
The 34th Ivy League Model United Nations Conference

 

Katerina Dyakova

Dear Delegates,

Welcome to ILMUNC XXXIV! My name is Katerina Dyakova and it is my pleasure to serve as the moderator of this committee. I have helped chair the World Health Organization in the past, however I am excited to see the how fresh topics translate into intense and meaningful debate.

I am currently a junior in Wharton studying Finance and Marketing. I was born in Moscow, Russia but immigrated to the United States when I was eight years old. Since then, I have lived in New Canaan, CT. I first got involved in Model UN my freshman year of college when I became part of the Penn International Affairs Association. I currently serve as the Secretary of the International Affairs. Some other organizations that I am part of on campus include Smart Women Securities, Undergraduate Wharton Cohorts System, and the Wharton Media and Entertainment Club. In my free time I like to read, watch movies, and bake!

In the months leading up to the conference, please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions regarding ILMUNC or Penn. I look forward to meeting everyone in the spring!

Sincerely,

Katerina Dyakova

Moderator, World Health Organization
The 34th Ivy League Model United Nations Conference