Novice United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC)


Novice United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC)

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Chair: Ayushi Shroff


1. Addressing Discrimination in the Acceptance of Refugees on the Basis of Race, Religion, Gender or State of Origin

2. Ensuring the Rights of Children in Cross-border Adoptions

Letter from the Chair

Dear Delegates,

Welcome to the Novice United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC)! My name is Ayushi Shroff and I am honored to serve as your chair during this committee. I look forward to meeting all of you soon as well as hearing your debate to some very interesting and pressing issues. A little bit about me, I am second-year UCLA student double majoring in Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology (MCDB) and Economics.

My Model United Nations career started in eighth grade at my middle school conference in Singapore. A confused delegate of Zambia in an ECOSOC committee went on to participate in 6 conferences in Singapore and Shanghai to staffing both UCLA MUN conferences last year, and now to your chair. I started my MUN career on a whim to try something new and fell in love with the intricacies of international diplomacy and continued with this journey. MUN has impacted me in so many aspects of my life and helped me to hone my skills in public speaking, research, writing.

The UNHRC is the United Nations body responsible for the protection and promotion of human rights around the globe. Over the course of the conference, you will discuss issues that are the realities that many around the world face. I am especially excited about this committee because human rights is a subject I feel strongly about and am particularly interested in. I believe that every human, no matter what, deserves to be happy and treated with respect. The issues that this committee will discuss addresses rights of refugees regardless of their race, religion, gender and state of origin and rights of children in cross-border adoptions. As you prepare for committee, I encourage you to add a new perspective to the problems we will be talking about. I strongly suggest you take these problems at heart, and to look at them with empathy to make your experience more worthwhile and enjoyable.

Lastly, as you debate these two topics regarding migrants and refugees, keep this quote in mind.

Migrants and refugees are not pawns on the chessboard of humanity – Pope Francis

Welcome to the Novice UNHRC.

Ayushi Shroff | Chair