WHO Day 2

The delegates of the World Health Organization began debate on their final topic this morning, the international regulation of stem cell trade. This topic has gained significant gravity in recent years, with the dramatic increase of illegal use of stem cells and “stem cell tourism.” Delegates discussed the many ways in which unregulated stem cell trade in economically and politically vulnerable nations has led to innocent lives being placed in harm’s way. Several delegates advocated for the creation of subcommittees to better define the legality of stem cell use (with regards to cloning, in vitro fertilization, etc.) and prevent exploitation of vulnerable peoples through corruption and illicit stem cell use. Moving forward, delegates must reach a compromise that protects innocent lives from exploitation while also preserving the legitimate stem cell research which has proven so beneficial to modern medicine.