Fatima Shahbaz ‘21 Economic and Financial Affairs Council ECOfIN@worldmun.org

Fatima Shahbaz ‘21
Economic and Financial Affairs Council ECOfIN@worldmun.org


Fatima Shahbaz is a sophomore at Harvard College studying Government and Economics. She was born in Karachi, Pakistan, but grew up in McLean, Virginia. Her close proximity to the nation’s capitol spurred a passion for politics and international relations in her from a young age, and she’s so excited to share that with all of you. On campus, she’s involved with South Asian Association, volunteers as a weekly civics teacher to elementary schools in the area, and is a Diversity Peer Educator. In her free time, she loves to bake and pretends to stay up to date on current events, but is mainly looking for excuses to catch up with old friends.

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.