UNITED NATIONS HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR REFUGEES
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Topic A: Integrating Refugees into the Society of the Host Country
Topic B: Northern Triangle Refugee Crisis
Eliza Hoang

Dear Delegates,

Welcome to ILMUNC 35! My name is Eliza Hoang, and I’m more than excited to be your chair for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Your Secretariat and Staff have been working tirelessly for months to prepare for this conference, so look forward to an amazing weekend ahead!

A bit about myself: I’m a junior majoring in Economics and International Relations in the College of Arts and Sciences and minoring in Consumer Behavior in the Wharton School. I’m originally from Hanoi, Vietnam, and soon after middle school I moved to the States to attend boarding school. This was where my Model UN career began, and since then, Model UN has become a big part of who I am today. Currently, I am a Deputy Director of Penn’s competitive travel team and have also previously served as a senior staffer for past UPMUNC and ILMUNC.

While the main focus of UNHCR is about solving the global refugee crises, the scope of this committee goes far beyond that. Many of today’s global issues, ranging from civil wars to drug trade, are directly related to the question of refugees. During your time at ILMUNC 35 as delegate of the UNHCR, think broadly about the multifaceted nature of our committee topics and how you, together with other delegates in the room, will tackle these sub-issues to bring about the most comprehensive (haha) draft resolution as possible. As a GA delegate myself on the college circuit, I’m so excited to be on the other side of debate, so get pumped for a challenging yet exciting weekend, and see you soon at ILMUNC 35!

Best regards,

Eliza Hoang

Chair, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
The 35th Ivy League Model United Nations Conference

Benjamin Golub

Dear Delegates,

Welcome to ILMUNC 35. I am extremely excited to be your Moderator with Eliza as Chair for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. We’ve been working diligently for months to make sure this weekend is extremely memorable and special for all of you. I’m looking forward to seeing what ideas you all come up with.

As I brief introduction of myself, I’m a sophomore concentrating in Statistics and Finance at the Wharton School. I was born in Chicago, and I mean the actual city of Chicago (definitely not the suburbs). My Model UN career started freshman year of high school and has practically taken over my life ever since. I now compete on Penn’s intercollegiate Model UN team and served as a crisis staffer for UPMUNC 51, a chair for UPMUNC 52, and as a moderator for ILMUNC 34 with Eliza.

I’m honored to serve as moderator for this committee and genuinely really excited. Eliza and I think this committee offers a great opportunity for you to demonstrate all of the brilliant solutions you can come up with. While the topics of this committee are regionalized and have specific problems you need to address, refugee crises occur in regions all across the globe. I’m really looking forward to seeing solutions that address both specific, regional solutions and solutions to the refugee problem at large.

If you have any questions regarding the committee, preparation process, or just about the conference in general, feel free to reach out via email. Get hyped, and I’ll see you soon.

Regards,

Benjamin Golub

Moderator, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
The 35th Ivy League Model United Nations Conference