Welcome to the Economic and Social Councils!

The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) was established in 1945 and is one of the six main organs of the United Nations. It is responsible for coordinating the UN and Specialized Agencies’ economic and social work. The council makes recommendations and fosters debates related to sustainable development, industrialization, technology, international trade, and social welfare, among other topics.

Dear Delegates,

I am extremely excited to welcome all of you to the Thirty Sixth session of the Ivy League Model United Nations Conference. Also, it is an honor to introduce myself as the Under-Secretary General of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) committees. My primary goal is to ensure that you have a delightful experience, full of fruitful debates and lots of fun.

As you may know, ECOSOC committees are smaller-sized, so I hope you see this as an opportunity to partake in fast-paced debates, come up with great solutions and get to know the other delegates (and also make new friends!).

A little bit about myself: I was born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil, and growing up, I was always interested in international relations, politics, government, etc., which led me to participate in MUN conferences during high school. At first, I was the really shy girl who sat in the back and struggled to speak in front of everyone. However, Model UN became one of my biggest passions and brought me some of my favorite memories. When I started at Penn, I knew I wanted to remain involved with it, which is why I joined the International Affairs Association and served as an Assistant-Secretary General for Crisis at ILMUNC XXXV.  

I am currently a sophomore studying International Studies at the College of Arts and Sciences and Economics at the Wharton School, with a minor in German. Outside of ILMUNC, I am an associate sports editor for the Daily Pennsylvanian and absolutely love going to games. I also enjoy exploring Philadelphia, finding new coffee shops and hanging out with my friends.

Whether this is your first or last ILMUNC, I hope you have the time of your life. The Secretariat, chairs and staffers have been working very hard to make this conference a memorable experience. I look forward to meeting you and seeing you having meaningful debates, approaching topics from different perspectives and developing your rhetoric skills. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions leading up to or during conference. See you all soon!

Warm regards,

Mariana Simoes

Under-Secretary-General, Economic and Social Council
The 36th Ivy League Model United Nations Conference

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