UNITED NATIONS COMMISSION ON NARCOTIC DRUGS
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Topic A: Drug Violence
Topic B: Prescription Drug Medicine

Committee Intro

This committee will focus on the topics of Drug Violence and Prescription Drug Control. Drug violence stems from the sale of illegal narcotics and from the organizations that control their movements. This committee will specifically focus on drug violence in the realm of South and Central America as it applies to the interactions between governments, cartels and citizens. 43 out of the 50 most violent cities on the planet are in Latin America, with the vast majority of the issue stemming from the drug trade. It is up to this committee to create a comprehensive and feasible solutions to this important issue which addresses not only the causes, but also the effects of this problem. Moving on to Topic B, prescription drug use, while intended as beneficial, has seen a meteoric rise in abuse on a global scale in the past decade. This issue has consequences that transcend global barriers. This committee in particular will focus on creating a holistic solution to this wide-ranging issue. The policy suggestions will tie together information from a variety of sources and will be looked at from the perspective of governments, private corporations and individual patients.

Sai Kodukula

Dear Delegates,

I could not be more excited to welcome you to the 35th session of ILMUNC and to the Narcotics and Drugs Committee. My name is Sai and I will be your chair along with your moderator Nishant, and I could not be more excited to have you in the wonderful city of Philadelphia and to see all the innovative and creative solutions you bring to the table.

I am currently a junior at the University of Pennsylvania studying Neuroscience in the College of Arts and Sciences and Healthcare Management from the Wharton School. I am originally from Munster, Indiana (I know….) where I grew up and went to high school. I served on the secretariat of ILMUNC, Penn’s high school MUN conference, as an Assistant-Secretary-General. Outside of the IAA, I’m a dancer on the Indian fusion dance troupe Penn Masti along with the Wharton Undergraduate Healthcare club, where I served in the conference committee. My hobbies include watching Netflix, especially action filled political thrillers (#NARCOS), eating, and flying all around the world.

Unfortunately, my high school did not offer MUN ☹ as a club. However, I was extremely involved in Speech and debate where I participated in congressional, parliamentary and Public Forum debate. In the three years I served as the captain of our high school debate team I had the chance to lead our team to three consecutive state titles and nationals. After joining the IAA at Penn and staffing ILMUNC conferences and serving on the secretariat I came to grow a passion for MUN (maybe even more than debate).

Both Nishant and I are super passionate about MUN and the international sphere, as you can see from how much we’re involved in the IAA. Both of us put in a lot of effort to this committee and we hope to be able to deliver you the best delegate experience possible. I can’t wait to meet you all in January and see what interesting solutions you can come up with!

Sincerely,

Sai Kodukula

Chair, United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs
The 35th Ivy League Model United Nations Conference

Nishant Agrawal

Dear Delegates,

I am immensely excited to welcome you to the 35th session of the Ivy League Model United Nations Conference and to the Commission on Drugs and Narcotics. My name is Nishant Agrawal, and I will be serving as your Moderator for the duration of the weekend.

First, let me tell you a little about myself. I am originally from Saratoga, California, a small town right in the middle of Silicon Valley. I am currently a senior studying Finance and Statistics at the Wharton School of Business, as well as Computer Science through the School of Engineering. I have been a part of the International Affairs Association since my sophomore year and have had the pleasure of senior staffing general assemblies for the past two years. Outside of Model UN, I love playing tennis and watching Mad Men on Netflix, as well as dancing on Penn Masti, an Indian dance team on campus.

The Commission on Drugs and Narcotics is one of the most prestigious and challenging simulations ILMUNC has to offer, and I am looking forward to leading you all throughout the weekend along with Sai, your chair. We will be debating some of the most important political and social issues today that affect every nation in the committee. However, I am confident that you all will be able to find the best solutions possible through diplomacy and statesmanship.

Sai and I, along with the ILMUNC 35 Secretariat, have been working hard to make this year’s conference the best yet. We’re looking forward to working hard in committee together, and enjoy the great events that ILMUNC has planned as well!

If you have any questions about this committee or ILMUNC as you get ready and research, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at nishanta@wharton.upenn.edu. See you all in January!

Warmest regards,

Nishant Agrawal

Moderator, United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs
The 35th Ivy League Model United Nations Conference