COMMISSION ON SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FOR DEVELOPMENT
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Topic A: Small-to-Medium Enterprise (SME) Growth in Developing Countrie
Topic B: Water Purification in Developing Countries

Committee Intro

The two topics we will be discussing are water purification in developing countries as well as the promotion of startups in developing countries. Optimizing water purification and sanitation for developing countries has been a continued goal for the United Nations, yet for more than 700 million individuals around the world, this basic need is still not met. This committee aims to combat the issue of water sanitation, whether through creating new initiatives or building upon existing ones. Harnessing today’s progress in science and technology is critical to making universal water sanitation possible, and the international community must determine what course of action would best accomplish this goal. Over the past few decades, the growth of small businesses has been astronomical, with more people leaving rural areas to start their own companies and projects. This has varied from more childcare centers to compensate for increasing amount of growth, real estate workers for developing construction in industrial areas, and transportation services like taxi drivers. In this committee, we will look at how technology can facilitate the sustainable growth of startups in developing countries.

Pablo Golac

Dear Delegates,

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Commission on Science and Technology for Development at ILMUNC XXXV! I am tremendously excited for this year’s conference and am particularly looking forward to meeting all of you.

My name is Pablo Golac and I am a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences at Penn majoring in Political Science and Health and Societies with a minor in French. Although I am originally from Cochabamba, Bolivia I grew up in Naples, Florida where I attended Gulf Coast High School. Since joining Model UN in high school, I have hosted and competed in numerous conferences throughout the United States, Canada, and Peru. During my free time I enjoy going to crossfit, being outside with friends, and of course watching Netflix.

CSTD has always been one of my favorite committees in the United Nations and although ILMUNC constantly produces rewarding committees, the CSTD staff will do everything we can to ensure the best Model UN experience you have ever had. I encourage you to not only read the background guide that will be posted following the topic revelation, but also conduct supplementary research on the topic as a whole and the policies of your country.

Regardless of the topic, I know the amount of effort you will put into preparing for this committee will be pronounced. Varshini and I will do everything we can to make your weekend as intellectually stimulating as possible. If you have any questions regarding our committee or conference feel free to contact us through our USG, Danae Stavrou.

Sincerely,

Pablo Golac

Chair, Commission on Science and Technology for Development
The 35th Ivy League Model United Nations Conference

Varshini Gali

Dear Delegates,

Welcome to ILMUNC XXXV! I’m Varshini, and I’ll be your moderator for the United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development committee. I’m incredibly excited to meet you all and help you learn and grow as delegates.

A short introduction: I’m currently a junior at Penn studying Health and Societies, with a concentration in Public Health. I grew up in Sarasota, Florida, so coming to Philadelphia was a bit of a culture shock (it’s not as sunny as the popular TV show would imply), but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. In high school, I was involved in MUN for three years, and now I continue to volunteer to staff ILMUNC and UPMUNC as a college student. At Penn, I’m involved in student organizations promoting medicine and health, as well as write for our student-run fashion and lifestyle magazine, The WALK. When I’m not tied up with schoolwork I enjoy hunting for Philadelphia’s best coffee shop and Facebook’s best niche meme page (often at the same time).

The topics we’re covering this session are very relevant for today’s ongoing international development efforts, and I hope you all learn something new as a result of being in our committee! (while having a ton of fun, of course) I’ll do my best to make sure you all have a great experience, so please don’t hesitate to contact me about any questions or concerns. See you all soon!

Best,

Varshini Gali

Moderator, Commission on Science and Technology for Development
The 35th Ivy League Model United Nations Conference