MEET THE CHAIR
Topic A: Reintegration of Cuba
For over 50 years, the United states had set up an embargo against Cuba, which not only barred Cuba from being able to trade with the United States, but also from much of the rest of the world. During the years of the embargo, Cuba was not permitted to sell goods to the United States nor were other Latin American and Caribbean States permitted to engage in trade with Cuba. As part of the embargo, if another country chose to engage in trade with Cuba, the United States would impose sanctions on that country, which potentially included expanding the embargo to include that country. This policy discouraged many countries from participating in any type of trade with Cuba, which forced the Cuban government to become dependent on the United States, the only country from which it could buy many of the necessities that needed to be imported for its citizens. the embargo has since been lifted, but over the 50 plus years that Cuba had been blocked off fro the international market, the market evolved to survive without Cuba. Now countries are confronted with the issue of reintegrating Cuba into the global economy and the effects that Cuba's presence will have on the economic climate of their country.
Yasmin Yokigal Lachir is a senior at Harvard College, concentrating in Chemistry. She is passionate about the disparities and inequities that exist in educational and health outcomes for peoples of color as well as people from lower socioeconomic backgrounds. Her interests outside of academics include participating in cultural organizations on campus, such as the Harvard African Students Association, for which she has served on board for 3 years, as well as doing all sorts of arts and crafts in her spare time. Last year, she served as the chair for the African Union and this year will be chairing the committee on the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States. She can’t wait to meet all of her delegates and foster an amazing committee culture, full of WorldMUN spirit!
Topic B: Bioethical Dilemmas
The issue of bioethics is one that spans the globe, but the high prevalence of the problem does not negate the importance of it. For instance, the practice of forced sterilization is one that continues to be a problem amongst member states. The Peruvian government in particular was praised for its use of forced sterilizations as a way of controlling population growth a couple of years ago. One of the prevailing issues is that of procedures and studies being done without the permission of the participant. Another is that participants if they are asked to provide consent are coerced into signing waivers that perhaps they cannot read or is in a language that they do not have a strong comprehension of. In the discussion of this topic, we will be exploring various case studies that delve into the issue of what constitutes ethical practice in the medical field and medical studies, as well as how to develop policies that reflect those beliefs.