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The Model United Nations Introductory Committee (MUNIC) was established in 2015 to give beginning Model UN delegates an opportunity to learn and practice debate and parliamentary procedure in a smaller, teaching environment. MUNIC does not have a set category of topics, therefore each year the committees represented and the type of issues addressed change in order for new delegates to explore different aspects of the UN’s work. This year, MUNIC will be discussing topics from the World Health Organization, the Disarmament and International Security Committee, and the Social, Humanitarian, and Cultural Committee.
Topic A: UNEP: Forest Fragmentation
Forests are typically fragmented by roads, agriculture, utility corridors, subdivisions, or other human development. While the causes of forest fragmentation differ around the world, from infrastructure to agriculture, the effects are generally consistent: a loss in biodiversity is seen everywhere forest fragmentation occurs. Forest fragmentation has sparked controversy as some see it as a necessity for agriculture or roads while others argue that it damages the environment more than it is beneficial.
Topic B: WHO: Improving Healthcare in Host Communities
Out of the over 65 million refugees worldwide, 80% have resettled in host communities that lack sufficient medical resources and physician capacity to meet their ever growing needs. Refugee is defined by the UNHCR as a person who leaves a country to escape persecution and danger. In addition, refugees often suffer from physical ailments caused by the high rate of poverty, stress of their travel, and other factors, which has added to the burden placed on the healthcare system, necessitating the reevaluation of modern policy to fully address the crisis.
Topic C: DISEC: Combating the Radicalization of The Lost Generation
The children who are unable to attend school due to their displacement have been dubbed ‘the lost generation,’ and as a result of their increased vulnerability and lack of education, they are more likely to be abused, exploited, or be recruited as child militants to terrorist groups. This lack of support leaves them especially vulnerable to radicalization, recruitment, and exploitation by terrorist or criminal groups. Recruiting children to terrorist or extremist groups has now been classified as a severe act of violence against children, but this can only be enforced when members of extremists or terrorists groups are detained, and it can be proven that a child has been exposed to violence or exploitation.
Claire Lynch, MUNIC Chair
1) Use three adjectives to describe yourself.
Determined, conscientious, and dedicated.
2) What food would you be and why?
I would be ice cream because it is sweet.
3) What would your theme song be?
Happy People by Little Big Town
4) What is your favorite quote?
"A champion is defined not by their wins but by how they can recover when they fall." - Serena Williams
5) What is your favorite SHSMUN memory?
I am generally a really quiet person but my first year at SHSMUN I had to talk during a roll call vote. After speaking I realized it was not that bad and I did not need to be afraid of sharing my ideas and speaking in front of people.