UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)


UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)


Chair: Yvonne Chen

Email: unctad@bruinmun.org 

Topic A: Developing Sustainable and Productive Globalization

Topic B: International Technology Transfer and Connectivity

Committee Type: Dual Delegation

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Letter from your Chair

Dear Esteemed Delegates,

Welcome to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, at BruinMUN 2019! My name is Yvonne Chen and I am honored to serve as your chair. I am a fourth year at UCLA, majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Public Affairs. In the past year, I’ve staffed BruinMUN as a Vice Chair for SPECPOL and LAMUN as a crisis staffer for UNSC. Outside of MUN, I’ve been heavily involved in the Computer Science community on campus as President of ACM@UCLA, a club that teaches technical topics ranging from Artificial Intelligence and Web Hacking, to Games and Mobile development. 

My passion has been bridging these technical interests with policy and ethical considerations - this summer, I will have worked as an intern on Facebook’s Civic Integrity team, building tooling and infrastructure required for their “Elections War Room” and fighting (what I hear to be) white nationalists, the Iranian national guard, and the KGB! 

With regards to BruinMUN, this committee is the first (and likely last) one that I will be chairing. I am beyond excited to see how debate will play out, as how resources, technology, and infrastructure are traded across borders and transferred between developed and developing nations is becoming a more pressing topic of conversation. The long-term impacts, environmental and otherwise, these actions produce are important concerns that the international community must face. Not only are these topics pertinent in the present day, they will only become increasingly relevant to the international community as we move forward into the future. 

As you prepare for this committee, please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions. I hope each and every one of you will come away with a newfound appreciation for the complexities in scalable development as well as new perspectives on international issues at large.


Yvonne Chen | Chair