Topic: Economic Cooperation and Climate Change

Established by Charter X of the Charter of the United Nations in 1945, the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) is one of the six principal organs of the United Nations. It is responsible for coordinating the economic, social, and related work of fourteen Specialized Agencies and thirteen functional and regional commissions, indirectly overseeing 70% of UN resources through its oversight of such bodies. ECOSOC serves as a central forum for its 54 member states, fostering discussions on international economic, social, and environmental issues. The council also serves as a symposium for the formulation of policy recommendations addressed to member states and the United Nations as a whole. The council is responsible for the implementation and sustaining the multilateral commitment to the internationally agreed development goals, such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The Economic and Social Council’s mandate is delineated in the Charter of the United Nations (1945) as follows: “The Economic and Social Council may make or initiate studies and reports with respect to international economic, social, cultural, educational, health, and related matters and may make recommendations with respect to any such matters to the General Assembly to the Members of the United Nations, and to the specialized agencies concerned. It may make recommendations for the purpose of promoting respect for, and observance of, human rights and fundamental freedoms for all.”

ECOSOC has undergone reforms in the last decade to strengthen the Council in its entirety, as well as its working methods – especially to the integrated and coordinated implementation of, and follow-up to, the outcomes of all major United Nations conferences summits in the economic, social, environmental and related fields.

To qualify for awards, delegates must email their respective position papers to before 11:59 PM on Thursday, February 1st. 

Naomi Shi

From the riveting debates to the formation of great alliances and friendships, Naomi inevitably succumbed to the allure of Model UN after attending her first conference in Grade 10. Now a senior at Little Flower Academy, she accredits MUN for fuelling her desire to learn more about past events that shaped the world around her and understand its correlation to current events that continue to dominate and influence the world today. When her placard is not in her hand, she can be found writing for her school newspaper, participating in youth parliament, and co-coaching field hockey with her twin sister. Naomi is delighted to serve as the director of ECOSOC, and she hopes that all delegates will have a memorable experience at SurreyMUN 2018!

Ivan Guo

Ivan Guo is a senior currently attending Semiahmoo Secondary in grade 11, and is ecstatic to work as the chair in ECOSOC to bring an unforgettable experience to all delegates in said committee. Ever since discovering Model United Nations in grade 9, Ivan has been an active participant in many MUN conferences due to his love of global politics, international diplomacy, and public speaking. Besides being incredibly invested with the International Baccalaureate Programme, Ivan has many academically driven interests such as history and physics. In his free time, you can find Ivan playing rugby or randomly surfing the web. Ivan looks forward to meeting all of the delegates and creating a fun and exciting experience for all!

Janette Kim
Assistant Director

Janette Kim is currently a junior at Pacific Academy and is entering her third year in MUN. After her experiences delegating and staffing, she has grown in her passion for MUN not only as an extracurricular but as a opportunity to help her learn about current global crisis and speaking skills. Even though this will be her first attendance to SurreyMUN, she is certain that SurreyMUN 2018 will be an excellent conference with great debate. Outside of MUN, you can find her with her friends, sleeping, or impulse shopping! Janette hopes to have a inclusive but competitive environment that will induce thought provoking and fruitful debate!

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