Novice United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

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Novice United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

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Chair: Renee Delamater

Topics: 

1. Climate Refugee Crisis

2. Gangs and Drug Related Movement

Letter from the Chair

Dear Delegates,

Welcome to the Novice United Nations Human Commissioner for Refugees (Novice UNHCR) at Bruinmun 2018! My name is Renee Delamater and I am extremely excited to be your chair during this committee focused on The UN Refugee Agency. I look forward to meeting all of you and hearing your substantive debate about the Climate Refugee Crisis as well as Gangs and Drug Related Movement. To introduce myself, I am a third year student at UCLA pursuing a major in Geology and a minor in Anthropology/Archaeology. I grew up in Highland Park, New Jersey and have been involved in Model United Nations since my freshman year of high school where I competed in Rutgers University Model United Nations (RUMUN) and Rutgers Model Congress (RMC) in NJ, and Secondary Schools United Nations Symposium (SSUNS) in Montreal. I have also staffed committees for conferences that my high school hosted as well as at UCLA (Bruinmun 2016, 2017 and LAMUN 2016, 2017).

Model UN has taught me more about global issues and how to go about solving them. It has shown me how to feel comfortable in addressing large groups of people about issues and perspectives I have researched and may not necessarily agree with, as well as writing skills. This knowledge has furthered my experiences in the real world by giving me confidence for giving speeches at events, interviewing for jobs/internships, writing papers/ applications as well as interacting with people I am not entirely familiar with. Model UN is not just a club or a class, but is instead a way to prepare you for speaking, writing, and understanding more about the world. If I had not participated in Model UN in high school, I would not have such confidence in skills regarding these as I do now.

Participating in conferences (whether as a delegate or staff) has shown me how many issues there are between countries, and how they all rely on one another to be solved. I am particularly excited to discuss The UN Refugee Agency as it is a topic regarding human rights in addition to the environment, population control, drugs, humanitarian aid, and many more. While researching for this committee, I encourage you all to look deeper into these related issues to connect the work of other UN bodies into overcoming this issue.

If you have any questions regarding this committee, the conference, or UCLA in general please do not hesitate to ask me! I wish you luck in preparing for this committee and I cannot wait to meet you all in November!

Best,

Renee Delamater | Chair

Email: nunhcr@bruinmun.org