World Health Organization

Committee Information

Title: World Health Organization

Organ: Economic and Social Council Committees and Specialized Agencies

Chair: Ahmed Kamil

Topic A: Attacks on Healthcare Workers

Topic A Summary:

Healthcare services are most necessary in conflict situations but are also most vulnerable to attack in such situations. Millions of people around the world are restricted from adequate access to health services by violence and threats against healthcare facilities and workers. Targeted attacks on doctors, nurses, ambulance drivers, paramedics, and other medical personnel by both state and non-state militant actors severely undermine and sometimes destroy health infrastructure in already unstable areas. These disruptions cut off entire communities from receiving essential services, such as vaccinations and maternity care, as healthcare workers are forced to flee the areas where they are most needed. In recent years, attacks on and interference with healthcare have been increasingly condemned as violations of the right to health, yet impunity for attacks still remains the status quo in many cases. Therefore, violence against healthcare workers, facilities, and vehicles is an issue with widespread and long-term implications that needs to be addressed at the international level.

Topic B: Pollution in the Developing World

Topic B Summary:

The 2015 Paris conference has been a rather isolated success in the realm of international coordination efforts regarding climate change and pollution. From Kyoto to Copenhagen, fundamental differences between the developed countries and the developing countries have prevented substantial efforts to improve air quality. At the core of these arguments lies a disagreement over how to view history; the developed countries point fingers at developing countries for their enormous carbon emissions, whereas the developing countries claim that pollution is a necessary part of industrialization, and that developed countries should be retroactively held accountable for their past pollution levels. There are arguments that pollution is inevitable in developing countries, which presents many challenges when attempting to discern the best course of action. Moreover, policymakers have little incentive to pass environmental regulations, since they attract little support. Laws that restrict pollution can be extremely costly without providing tangible benefits. Many are calling for a technological revolution to create more sustainable pollution levels. A dramatic reduction in pollution across borders will certainly require multilateral action from all developing countries, supported by developed countries.

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Letter from the Chair

Dear Delegates,

Welcome to the fourth annual Ivy League Model United Nations Conference in India! My name is Ahmed Kamil and it is my pleasure to serve as the chair of the COMMITTEE. As it is my first time chairing the World Health Organization, I am eager to see how fresh topics and a new experience translate into intense and stimulating debate.

I am currently a sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania and an Arabic target in the Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business, hoping to concentrate in Finance and Statistics and minor in Mathematics. I was born in Khartoum, Sudan on a warm summer day and immigrated to the United States when I was about two years old. Since then, I have lived in Greenbelt, Maryland. I first got involved with Model United Nations my freshman year, participated throughout high school, and am now a member of Penn's International Affairs Association. I serve as the Director of Operations for UPMUNC 50, the legendary college counterpart to the equally awesome ILMUNC. Some of my other interests include longboarding, Hip-Hop, Classical Arabic, getting lost in the city, and reading bad Yelp reviews.

In the months leading up to conference, please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions regarding ILMUNC India or Penn. I look forward to meeting everyone in the fall!

Ahmed Kamil
Chair, World Health Organization

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