Aashim Vaish is a rising Senior at Harvard studying Economics and Mathematical Sciences. He grew up in Mumbai but spent most of his high school in Greenwich, CT. He is interested in international development and constitutional law. To this end, he has spent his summers researching microfinance, human capital in emerging markets and the historiography of impeachment for different professors at Harvard. On campus, he writes for a satire publication and performs in their annual musical (singing satirically, of course). Also, he has been recently courted (pun intended) by Squash and competes on the Harvard Club Squash Team. Aashim participated in Model UN in high school, and this is his second WorldMUN experience. He cannot wait to meet all of you!
Topic: Sustainable Development in Least Developed Countries
As of now, the U.N Committee for Development has classified 47 countries as belonging to The Least Developed Countries (LDCs) category. All countries belonging to this group face severe structural and institutional barriers to achieving long-term development. While it is deeply important for the international community to chart a path for these countries to improve the lives of its people on all dimensions of the socioeconomic index, it is equally important for countries to consider the environmental consequences and externalities of any such path. In the Economic and Financial Committee at WorldMUN 2019, delegates will be forced to grapple with the twin challenges of finding concrete development policies that will foster inclusive and tangible growth and mitigate the environmental impact such as the overall carbon footprint of the international community necessitated by the urgency of climate change. Importantly, this debate will be focused on the countries that should occupy the most space and consideration in this debate, the Least Developed Countries. The abject poverty and existential vulnerability that exists in some of the LDCs combined with the historical arc of development only complicates these discussions. Delegates of developed countries and LDCs will be pushed to find middle ground solutions that both acknowledge the limited environmental constraints that developed countries faced in acquiring their high levels of income while confronting the reality that developing countries may not be able to enjoy that same luxury in the face of rapidly increasing temperatures.