Novice United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)

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Novice United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)

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Chair: Kristie Hoang

Topics: 

1. Gender Equality in Education

2. Preventing Violent Extremism and Balancing Free Speech

Letter from the Chair

Dear Delegates,

It is my honor to welcome you to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization at BruinMUN 2018. My name is Kristie-Valerie Hoang and I could not be more pleased to serve as your chair throughout this committee. I am looking forward hearing the high level of debate about these topics and meeting you at UCLA - a place that’s served as my home throughout these past two years.

I’m a third-year double majoring in Human Biology and Society and Political Science. (I know, it’s a mouthful) I’ve lived in SoCal my entire life, growing up in Huntington Beach. In Model United Nations at UCLA, I am an Under Secretary General of General Assemblies and Specialized Bodies for LAMUN, our college conference. In addition, you can find me taking photos for the club or chairing BruinMUN. I actually got started in MUN at BruinMUN my junior year of high school! From a club I decided to join on a whim, MUN has become an integral part of my college career, helping me develop my critical thinking and public speaking skills as well as fostering a family of friends and mentors held dear to my heart.

Outside of MUN, I work at the Daily Bruin, UCLA’s student-run newspaper as the Social Media Director and senior staff photographer and news reporter. If I have a change to breathe between a double degree and these two activities, I love to pretend I’m Gordon Ramsay and run.

If there’s one thing I’m grateful for, it’s my education. We’re fortunate to be here, you and I, at school. My education has brought me to UCLA, jobs and upward mobility. My education gave me a chance at a better life. A lot of girls don’t have that.

In a #MeToo, Times Up, and Women’s March era, it’s imperative that we address the foundational problems contributing to gender inequality worldwide. Speaking of these very movements, we must also answer to the paradox funneling the exchange of these ideas and proliferating violent extremism: free speech. As a journalist, I value free speech and expression. But, is this liberty detrimental to our society’s safety and stability?

These are questions we must answer. I look forward to hearing your thoughts on these issues - how we should tackle these problems as a global society. As you prepare for committee, I encourage you to be cognisant of the world we live in. The United Nations is idealistic, but let me remind you of the long-held beliefs separating nations and dividing our world in the first place.

I wish you the best in your preparation for debate. Please do not hesitate to email me should you have any questions regarding committee, the conference, or UCLA in general.

Best,

Kristie-Valerie Hoang | Chair

Email: nunesco@bruinmun.org