Click HERE for the World Health Organization topic guide. 

The World Health Organization is one of the primary international medical bodies. As a specialized agency of the United Nations, WHO is responsible for improving global medical systems, providing guidance and information on diseases and public health issues, creating model plans for medical systems and emergency situations, and setting the global health agenda. WHO’s goal is to ensure healthy futures for all global citizens by promoting healthy lifestyles and combatting diseases.


Topic A: International Regulation of Stem Cells

As the power and proliferation of stem cells ever increases, it is the job of WHO to ensure that this new medical technology is being used efficiently, legally, and ethically. The current lack of regulation can and has led to abuses from doctors and companies, which has harmed medically vulnerable people.

Topic B: Maternal Health in Conflict Areas

In areas of conflict, expectant and new mothers disproportionately suffer from crumbling medical systems. Lack of adequate resources and tense situations leaves mothers and their infants without the care they need to ensure survival and proper development.

Topic C: Vector-Borne Disease Control

Some of the largest and worst diseases in the world are caused by vectors -- small organisms that transmit diseases to humans. The transmission of these diseases is very easy due to climate, population, and migration, so it is especially important to eradicate these diseases before they continue to spread and devastate.

Krista Nolan, WHO Chair

1) What are your hobbies?

Drinking coffee and sitting in coffee shops.

2) Why do you participate in Model UN?

I participate in Model UN because I really just think it’s fun. I know that makes me a nerd, but that’s okay! I’ve always loved public speaking and debate, and one of my passions is learning about the world and about new cultures. So it only makes sense for me to do Model UN because it is a combination of everything I love in life.

3) What would your theme song be?

The “Fresh Prince of Bel Air” Theme.

4) What is your favorite quote?

"Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." ― Ferris Bueller

5) What is your favorite SHSMUN memory?

Passing 18 resolutions in 15 minutes during my first ever SHSMUN in GenCo.