HIGH LEVEL MEETING OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY ON THE NEW URBAN AGENDA AND UNOPS
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Topic A: Water Security and Sanitation
Topic B: Sustainable Urbanization in Southeast Asia

Committee Intro

United Nations Office of Project Services (UNOPS) is an operational arm of the United Nations that is tasked with implementing development, humanitarian, and peace initiatives for the UN System. UNOPS works with other committees, international organizations, and governments to provide large-scale solutions to pressing international issues, such as the topics discussed in this committee.

Aiden Reiter

Dear Delegates,

It is my pleasure to welcome you all to ILMUNC XXXV’s United Nations Office for Project Services! UNOPS is a vital part of the United Nations in that it directly deals with the implementation of development, humanitarian, and peacekeeping programs, and therefore is directly responsible for international economic and social welfare as well as conflict eradication. It is therefore my hope that you will all gain valuable insights from this committee, and will be able to directly apply skills of diplomacy to make the committee as stimulating as possible.

My name is Aiden Reiter, and I will be serving as one of your two Chairs. I am a junior in the Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business, a dual degree program between the College of Arts and Sciences and the Wharton School, where I am studying International Studies and Business Economics and Public Policy, with minors in Political Science and International Development. I was born and raised in New Haven, Connecticut, and have been participating in Model UN since freshman year of high school. At Penn, I am involved with the International Affairs Association and Student Government, and served as an Under-Secretary-General for ILMUNC XXXIV. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, running, travelling, and eating Chinese food.

As delegates in this committee, you will be dealing with issues of vital importance to the modern world order and you will be responsible for the pragmatic and applicable usage of international resources to solve them. As Chair, I expect all delegates to employ innovative ideas and robust teamwork in order to provide comprehensive solutions to the topics at hand. I am very excited to have the privilege of chairing this committee, and hope you all come ready to debate, work together, and have fun!

Sincerely,

Aiden Reiter

Chair, United Nations Office for Project Services
The 35th Ivy League Model United Nations Conference

Zachary Sweeney

Dear Delegates,

It is my privilege to welcome you to what will be one of the most accurate, intense, and rewarding committees ILMUNC has to offer. Your co-chair and I are great friends and have taken many classes together (we also joined Penn’s intercollegiate model UN team the same year!) So it’s safe to say that committee chemistry will be perfect. In a few moments, you will plunged into the UNOPS committee; however, first let me be like Djon Taylor and “Introduce myself”.

Though I love rap (yes, this will win you points in committee), I am not the gangster that you probably take me for. Though I currently reside in Philadelphia, PA I was born and raised on a small farm near Darnestown, MD and attended a Jesuit Prep School in Bethesda, MD (shout out to the DMV). I am a current Sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania enrolled in the Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business pursuing degrees in Economics and International Studies with minors in Biological Basis of Behavior and Spanish. Aside from chairing, I am into biomedical and healthcare policy research at Penn and I think that is largely because I am committed to positive change and think that medicine is a phenomenal way to make a difference. Additionally, I compete on the intercollegiate circuit for MUN where I am known for my loud outfits and degenerate demeanor. When I am not causing problems or solving them, I love to lift weights, visit cafés, and explore the world around me (HMU if you want me to share any spots I’ve been to or have any to share).

As for my passions, all of you already know that anyone doing UN is passionate about International Relations but I’m sure a little insight into my background wouldn’t hurt anything but our attention spans. I centered my whole high school around IR and studied abroad in Argentina, Europe and throughout Southeast Asia! It was abroad that I fell in love with the diversity and international politics. One thing that always has fascinated me during my time abroad has been finding modern infrastructure in poorer areas. This conundrum gets even more interesting when we explore what role the United Nations Office for Project Service in developing infrastructure in other countries. After coming back from a broad, I taught classes over the summer on the role of the UN in international development while simultaneously introducing the class to fake news, crazy stories from wild places, and rap songs. It is my sincere intention to incorporate my knowledge from these experiences into our work as the UNOPS simulation.

Now what does that mean? It means that if you have done your research and bring new perspective to committee, you will enjoy the overall quality of committee. The UNOPS is often overlooked but is a goldmine for international studies, and you all are going to be the prospectors, so it is best to enter the mine with a headlamp—prepare beforehand and do not be afraid to reach out with questions. Most importantly delegates, you struck gold with this committee and I promise you that we will make this committee as intense and entertaining as possible. For those of you still reading, thanks for sticking through my rigmarole; now it’s time to do your research—you will be the ones deciding how to prioritize different parts of the third world for infrastructural development, you will determine what policies the UNOPS takes up and you will decide what the world makes of this crazy time period, and I have total faith that you will all do amazing!

Over the next few months, my and I will be preparing extremely hard for what should be an insane committee. Feel free to reach out to me or your USG, Laura Chu, for questions, but otherwise, I hope you all get excited for UNOPS.

All the best,

Zachary Sweeney

Chair, United Nations Office for Projects Services
The 35th Ivy League Model United Nations Conference