MEET THE CHAIR
Yash Kumbhat is a sophomore studying English and Social Studies at the College. He was born and raised in Kolkata, India, where every taxi driver, waiter, and teenager is a political expert. Over the years, this culture has bolstered his ability to think analytically and engage substantively in discourse that matters. At WorldMUN 2019, he hopes to extend that same opportunity to you. On Harvard's campus, he is involved with the International Relations Council, Harvard’s Intercollegiate Model UN team, and the Crimson Arts board. In his free time, he likes to listen to music and try to write fiction.
Topic: Atomic Energy Advances
On August 6th, 1945, the United States Army Air Forces detonated a uranium fission bomb over Hiroshima, changing the landscape of geopolitics forever. Ever since, countries have been scrambling to attain weapons of mass destruction, often through illicit channels. But, caught in a reckless race for militarization, governments have left behind the countless other opportunities that the atom has to offer. As the International Atomic Energy Agency, it is our prerogative to refocus the discourse toward the good that nuclear energy can do for the world, and away from its destructive capabilities. In this session of the IAEA, we will discuss non-military uses of the radioactive, focusing on its application in medicine, energy, and agriculture. The need for non-carbon sources of energy is undeniable; all over the world, unpredictable weather patterns, increasingly destructive storms, and rising sea levels have sparked alarm. For many, nuclear energy offers a solution toward the mitigation of global warming. For others, it is a cause for concern; the past is marred with nuclear energy projects gone wrong, from Chernobyl to Fukushima Daiichi. According to the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), around 795 million people, between 2014 and 2016, suffer from malnutrition; but, the use of radioisotopes in agriculture and food production can be instrumental in reducing this number. Furthermore, radioisotopes also offer a world of possibility in medicine—in particular, in the diagnoses of disease, and the treatment of cancer. However, the inaccessibility, unaffordability, and unavailability of expensive radiotherapy and nuclear medicine pose hurdles to developing countries. How will the global community proceed? Delegates, at conference, we will turn our attention to these issues and work toward creating solutions that are pragmatic and effective. At the end of these three days, I hope you leave having learned a little about atomic energy and all that it offers the world. Most importantly, I wish, if nothing else, you take away the importance of being aware, and looking to science as the way forward. If you’d like to continue the conversation, stop by and say hello, and we’ll talk!