Novice United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF)


Novice United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF)

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Chair: Yash Deshmukh


1. Child Recruitment by Armed Forces or Armed Groups

2. Child Labour

Letter of the Chair

Dear Delegates,
Welcome to the United Nations Children’s Fund at BruinMUN 2018! My name is Yash Deshmukh and I am extremely honored to be chairing your committee. I am a second year student at UCLA pursuing a Bachelor’s in Microbiology, Immunology, and Genetics (MIMG) and Political Science. Originally from San Jose, California, I started out at UCLA exclusively as a premed but have extended my studies in international relations. I only became involved with Model UN midway through my fall quarter freshman year, but four years of high school debate helped prepare me for the intense discussion of committee sessions and I greatly enjoy observing lively discourse over issues that matter. I have since attended AggieMUN, UCBMUN, CHOMUN, and staffed our own college conference.

In the increasingly unstable international climate we face today, finding consensus and building successful agreements is more difficult and elusive than ever. Partisan politics, populist anger, and effete elites have led to a world bereft of decisive cooperation. With such growing instability, it is that much more critical that the next generation of world leaders understand the skills of team building and equitable leadership. Those skills, honed in lecture halls and simulated crisis rooms will hopefully someday help massive international organizations touch the lives of everyday people.

I am especially excited to chair such an important and relevant committee this year. UNICEF is on the frontlines of the future, fighting to protect the health, safety, and welfare of children around the world. As students who had the fortune to grow up in a relatively safe nation without armed conflict and with working institutions, we have no way of knowing the experience of children that face these issues from the youngest ages. Through collective ingenuity and decision-making, this committee has the potential to create a realistic, viable model for solving some of the greatest issues that children face today. I look forward to reading your resolutions!
If you have any questions regarding committee, the conference, UCLA or Model UN in general, don’t hesitate to contact me! Good luck in your preparation for this conference, and I look forward to meeting all of you soon!

Best Regards,

Yash Deshmukh | Novice UNICEF Chair