Topic: Effective Recovery Following Natural Disasters
Established in 1948, The World Health Organization (WHO) is a specialized agency within the United Nations that specifically address issues dealing with international public health.The responsibilities of WHO consist of promoting healthy ways of living, reducing the number of health risks, and responding and resolving threats to human health. WHO strives to accomplish these goals through leadership on public health matters, influencing and shaping the research agenda, ensuring countries adhere to International Health Regulations, setting the standards of implementing adequate health care, articulating ethical policies, and most importantly, monitoring health situations in various countries and assessing health trends. WHO operates through the World Health Assembly, which holds annual meetings to produce policies with the 194 members states. The administrative headquarters of WHO is located in Geneva, and they are constantly working towards health equity on an international scale.
Although natural disasters do not directly affect health, the aftermath following natural disasters takes an enormous emotional and physical toll on the victims. During times of crisis, civilians are displaced, sanitation is rarely maintained, and most importantly, people’s lives are at stake and susceptible to emotional and physical damage. As technology and new policies continue to develop in modern society, there is a vast array of resources at our disposal to limit the devastation caused by natural disasters. The preservation of human life, ethical policies and sanitation are the fundamental principles of WHO, so there is no greater time than now to take action.
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Andrew is a junior attending Pacific Academy, and he is honoured to be serving as Director of WHO. Drawn by the intriguing debate and competitive nature of MUN, he hopes to give both, new and experienced delegates alike, an inspiring and memorable experience. Outside of MUN, he can be found taking a stroll through his neighborhood with his dog, scrolling through various subreddits, attending science fairs, and attempting to perfect his bubble tea-making skills. Andrew is thrilled to meet every delegate and looking forward to a spectacular conference!
Joseph Jang is currently a grade 12 student attending Pacific Academy; he is very thrilled to be serving as the chair of WHO at this years’ iteration of SurreyMUN. Joseph started his MUN career very late, early in his grade 10 year and has been attempting to savour high school Model UN as much as possible. In his spare time, you can see him watching TV shows, at the golf course hitting balls away or sleeping. Joseph looks forward to meeting all new and veteran delegates alike for a great day of debate.
Bridget Young is a grade 10 student at Crofton House School and is ecstatic to serve as your assistant director. In her free time, she enjoys discussing political ideologies with her friends and crying about her marks. She was first introduced to MUN in grade 9 and since then has been more tuned in to rising global issues. Bridget strongly hopes to guide a fruitful debate and is excited to meet new faces!