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Economic and Social Council and Regional Bodies

The seven committees in the Economic and Social Council and Regional Bodies at HMUN India 2019 include the medium-sized councils, commissions, and programmes of the UN, which tackle issues of development, human rights, culture, economics, and trade. The Regional Bodies include both UN and non-UN committees that are made up of countries from specific regions, and discuss topics more specifically pertinent to those regions.

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United Nations Human Rights Council

Director: Grace Bannister ‘21

Committee Email: unhrc@hmunindia.org

Hometown: Logan, West Virginia

Concentration: Government

Favorite Place: Lenore, West Virginia

Advice for Delegates: Breathe. Focus on learning and making friends during conference - it's one of the best parts!

Committee Letter

Topic Description: Freedom of Speech, Expression and the Press


Commission on the Status of Women

Director: Bushra Hamid ‘20

Committee Email: csw@hmunindia.org

Hometown: Houston, Texas

Concentration: Psychology

Favorite Place: Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

Advice for Delegates: It's okay not to be okay

Committee Letter

Topic Description: The Legality of the Commercial Sex Industry


United Nations Development Programme

Director: Fatima Shahbaz ‘21

Committee Email: undp@hmunindia.org

Hometown: McLean, Virginia

Concentration: Government and South Asian Studies

Favorite Place: Any coffee shop on a snowy day, sipping an over priced latte

Advice for Delegates: Don't be afraid to ask questions! Model UN is all about the learning experience, and everyone was a new delegate at some point.

Committee Letter

Topic Description: The Effect of Climate Change on Least Developed Countries


International Monetary Fund

Director: Graham Macklin ‘21

Committee Email: imf@hmunindia.org

Hometown: Wayland, MA

Concentration: Economics

Favorite Place: The Wind Rivers

Advice for Delegates: Be friendly! It's much easier to get people to work with you if they like you :)

Committee Letter

Topic Description: The Case Study of Africa - Economic Growth in Post-Colonial Nations

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United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Director: Emily Markowitz ‘21

Committee Email: unhcr@hmunindia.org

Hometown: Scarsdale, New York

Concentration: Social Studies

Favorite Place: Park on the water near my hometown

Advice for Delegates: Your first time in committee is to learn. Don't expect to come in knowing everything, as so much of MUN comes by practice in committee session and doing. Use this as an opportunity to practice your public speaking and learn about an important global issue.

Committee Letter

Topic Description: Urban Refugees

Update Papers


International Atomic Energy Agency

Director: Ellen Li ‘20

Committee Email: iaea@hmunindia.org

Hometown: Gainesville, Florida

Concentration: Applied Mathematics

Favorite Place: Boston, MA

Advice for Delegates: Don't be afraid to speak up in committee! Your ideas are important and valued, and both the committee and dais would benefit greatly from your speeches about these ideas.

Committee Letter

Topic Description: Nuclear Disaster Prevention and Response


The Association of Southeast Asian Nations

Director: Larry Liang ‘20

Committee Email: asean@hmunindia.org

Hometown: San Ramon, California

Concentration: Applied Mathematics

Favorite Place: Shanghai, China

Advice for Delegates: Make sure to not only try to participate in blocs, but actively lead them with your ideas and perspective!

Committee Letter

Topic Description: Human Rights and State Sovereignty in Southeast Asia