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United Nations Global Compact

 

Topic A: The Economic Empowerment of Women and Youth 

 

Economic empowerment is about enabling underprivileged populations to realize their rights and become agents of change in their own communities. According to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), it is the ability of people “to participate in, contribute to and benefit from growth processes in ways which recognize the value of their contributions, respect their dignity and make it possible to negotiate fairer distribution of the benefits of growth”. When women and youth are empowered, they have greater access to education and economic resources and opportunities such as jobs, financial services, property, etc. Thus, as delegates in the UN Global Compact, you will be tasked with establishing programs and creating initiatives through corporations, governments, and NGOs, the public and private sectors, to ensure that more than half of the world’s population and its future have the resources necessary to succeed and for the international economy to prosper.

 

 

Topic B: Corporate Social Responsibility and Human Rights

 

Today’s global economy promotes the expansion of multinational corporations, particularly in developing countries, to provide infrastructure and economic opportunities to poorer regions of the world. With this, comes a potential for corruption and abuses of human rights. The movement of corporate social responsibility holds that corporations have a responsibility to the communities in which they operate, not only economically, but socially and politically as well. To date, work done by the international community to enumerate the responsibilities of corporations, but there is much room for improvement, particularly with enforcing guidelines and holding large multinational corporations for their actions, including violations of human rights. Delegates will debate the feasability of regulations on corporations and creating incentives for them to comply with international human rights norms. 

 

Letter from your Chair

 

Dear Delegates,

 

Welcome to UNGC! My name is Perry Elbadrawi and I will be your chair for this committee at MICSUN V! I am currently the Head Delegate of the UMiami Model UN team, former Secretary General of MICSUN, and a former delegate at the first ever MICSUN! I am incredibly excited to be your chair for this very special session of MICSUN, and my last!

 

I am a senior here at UM majoring in Economics, Political Science, and International Studies with a minor in Business Law. I have been involved in Model UN since my freshman year of high school and have enjoyed participating in dozens of conferences over the course of my MUN career. It has without a doubt been the most impactful organization I have been a part of; I have made the best friends and memories during my time as a passionate MUNer.

 

This meeting of the UN Global Compact will be a committee like none other you have ever participated in before. Today’s most important international decisions are no longer made solely by nation states, but rather through multi-stakeholder negotiations. As delegates you will step into the shoes of these stakeholders. From Google and Starbucks, to the Human Rights Watch and Transparency International, to China and Germany, as delegates you will be the representatives of nation states, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and multinational corporations in this large General Assembly committee.

 

You will be debating two very important issues - the economic empowerment of women and youth and corporate social responsibility and human rights. Both of these issue are very relevant and pertinent today, in the developing and developed world, to those far away, and even to you. I encourage you to be creative and innovative in your research. Think outside of the box and truly embrace your roles as representatives of the most powerful institutions around the world.

 

I look forward to welcoming you to the University of Miami this April. If you have any questions before the conference, please don’t hesitate to contact me at p.elbadrawi@umiami.edu.

 

Go Canes,

Perry Elbadrawi

United Nations Global Compact Chair

MICSUN 2015