Novice UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)

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Novice UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)


Chair: Ariyana Chowdhury


Topic A: Preservation of Cultural Practices, Languages, and Traditional Knowledge

Topic B: Protecting World Heritage Sites in Conflict Areas

Committee Type: Dual Delegate

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Letter from the Chair

Dear Delegates,

It is my pleasure to welcome you all to BruinMUN 2019 and Novice UNESCO! My name is Ariyana Chowdhury, and I am looking forward to being your chair during the conference and seeing you debate and engage with the chosen topics.  I am currently a senior at UCLA, and I am majoring in Political Science and double minoring in both Philosophy and Film, Television, and Digital Media. I was born in Bangladesh, but I have lived in over seven countries and have traveled to over 35 over the course of my life. As a result of my international upbringing, I am incredibly interested in conversations pertaining to issues with an international dimension. I’ve been involved with MUN in some capacity since my freshman year of high school. In particular, I have been a part of Model United Nations at UCLA since my freshman year. Apart from MUN, I am engaged in other clubs and activities around campus such as UCLA Radio, Cheese Club, and Bruins Beyond Borders. Outside of the classroom, I enjoy exploring LA, finding cute brunch places, watching all sorts of movies and tv shows, and spending time with friends.

This year, Novice UNESCO will explore topics with both a broad reach and impact. Debating the preservation of cultural practices, languages, and traditional knowledge, looking at preservation practices, and assessing the threats associated with the destruction of  world heritage sites will ideally inspire you as delegates to explore issues that are incredibly relevant and pertinent. As you embody the positions held by the members of Novice UNESCO, I urge you to explore the cultural and societal norms that exist across the globe. To put yourselves into the shoes of those belonging to other cultures and to look towards sustaining the traditions and monuments of our history and past.

I am incredibly excited to go on this journey with you and to see the ideas you formulate over the course of BruinMUN. I look forward to seeing the enthusiastic defense of nations and their stances. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out via email.  

See you at BruinMUN!


Ariyana Chowdhury | Chair