World Health Organization
Topic A: Biodiversity and Medicine
Biodiversity describes the breadth and variety of species in our world, as well as the spread of genetic information and the diversity of traits and attributes the genes encode. Maintaining extensive diversity in every ecosystem is vital to preserve the interconnected circle of life that sustains all living things. Humans so essentially depend on the plethora of animals, plants, and microbes we use to study our own physiology, development and potential medicinal cures. These species have greatly influenced the progression of antibiotics, vaccines, cancer therapy, organ transplantation, and surgeries.
Recently, the rapid decline of our planet’s biodiversity is a huge concern to the medical field, as it is believed undiscovered cures for numerous diseases lie in plants and fauna whose potentials are still unknown. Industrial growth through means of deforestation and pollution is destroying species that may lead us to new cures. Losing these species that could potentially result in groundbreaking new medicines and innovative research is an imminent threat to every country on our planet, as human health undeniably relies on the natural biodiversity of our planet.
Topic B: Global Health Inequalities
While overall global health inequalities are a pressing and multifaceted issue, one of the arguably most pivotal facets to address is that of women’s global health disparities. The third of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) prioritizes health, to “Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.” In order to achieve this goal, it is central to tackle the complex issue of women’s access to healthcare globally. Despite considerable progress in the past decades, societies continue to fail to meet the healthcare of women at key points in their lives, particularly in their adolescence and old age, according to the WHO. While life expectancy is higher for women than men in most countries, a number of health and social factors combine to create a lower quality of life for women. Unequal access to information, decision-making, care, and basic health practices further increases the health risks for women and girls. Delegates will debate key issues, approaches, and create solutions for the promotion and protection of women’s health.
Letter from your Chair
It is my utmost pleasure to serve as your Chair for the World Health Organization at MICSUN 2016! My name is Riva and I am a junior with majors in Finance, Legal Studies, and Health Sector Management and Policy as well as a minor in Microbiology and Immunology. After falling in love with the life sciences during my time at a STEM based academy, I decided to pursue finance at the U to combine my passions for the healthcare industry and the world of business. That is why I am very excited for both of our topics for the WHO, as I expect you will find multifaceted approaches to solving these issues from political, economic, social, legal, financial, technological, and ethical standpoints. I look forward to seeing your creativity come to life in your resolutions.
Apart from Model UN, I am involved with the Hyperion Council (a business consulting group), the Dean’s Undergraduate Advisory Board, the UJhoom Bollywood-Fusion competitive dance team, and the Peer Counseling program, among other things. I also intern part time in private equity during the semesters. In my limited free time, you’ll find me watching Suits, reading mystery books, and practicing my dance choreography.
I am very eager to see some great debate and substantive writing in our committee, and I welcome any questions and comments before MICSUN weekend should you have any. Feel free to email me at . Good luck with your research, and get ready to bring your A-game for what I expect will be a very fun and immensely rewarding experience for everyone.
Chair, World Health Organization
Letter from your Director
Welcome to MICSUN V! My name is Shifa Akhtar and I’m delighted to be serving as the Director of the World Health Organization (WHO). I am a senior at the University of Miami, majoring in Neuroscience with minors in Chemistry and Religion and Health Care. After competing on the national debate circuit throughout high school, I joined the Miami MUN family during my sophomore year of college and haven’t looked back since. I’m an avid burrito enthusiast and a self proclaimed hip-hop aficionado, and when I’m not watching Netflix and eating guacamole in bed, I’m probably being a social activist as the President of the National Organization for Women chapter at UM.
I’m particularly excited about our committee topic, as I want to dedicate my career to fighting women’s health disparities and create an NGO to give financial, legal, and medical support to acid burn victims. The issues you will debate in this committee regarding women’s health and biodiversity are pivotal to addressing global health issues. As your director, I will be overseeing the creation of working papers and draft resolutions as well as assisting with the overall substantive aspect of debate. If you have any questions at all, please feel free to contact me at .
Director, World Health Organization