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The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization pursues peace through the unity of human morals and reason in five major program areas: education, the natural sciences, the social/human sciences, culture, and communication/information. UNESCO wants to bring nations together by mobilizing for education, building intercultural understanding, pursuing scientific cooperation, and protecting freedom of expression.

Topics

Topic 1: The Bioethical Implications of Gene Editing

Since CRISPR's discovery in 2013, gene editing has come to the forefront of scientific research. Gene editing has unforeseen and almost limitless possibilities, and the rapid innovation of these issues has outpaced the ethical community’s evaluations of the practices. Consequently, seriously considering potential bioethical issues is important to establish an international precedent for the responsible and ethical use of cutting-edge biological technology.

Topic 2: Language Digitization

With mass globalization and industrialization, indigenous cultures are increasingly under threat, with the most immediate being the loss of indigenous languages. However, with the emerging capacity of technology, indigenous languages and culture have the possibility of digitization which could aid in their preservation. 

Topic 3: The Role of Low Fee Private Schools in Developing Nations

While private education exists in all nations, its applications and presence across the world are extremely varied. In the underdeveloped nations, private education is characterized by low fee private schools (LFPs) meant to account for a lack of government funding. While they have been heralded by some for providing education to children in poverty, improving consumer choice, and teacher accountability, issues of corruption and the exacerbation of inequality are still major concerns.  

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Malynda Wollert, UNESCO Chair

unesco@shsmun.org

1. ) Use three adjectives to describe yourself.

Opinionated, tired, and reliable.

2.) What kind of food would you be? Why?

coffee because I’m bitter but sweet

3.) What is your Favorite SHSMUN memory?

When I passed a super-resolution as a first year delegate I felt wonderful because I really saw how much I loved the program and I finally realized what I was doing.

4.) What’s your 2019 anthem?

Biking by Frank Ocean

5.)What's your favorite quote?

The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion. - Albert Camus