MEET THE CHAIR
Topic A: Innovative Education
Methods of education have shifted throughout time reflecting regional cultural practices and values as well as the techniques and methods of the day. In the twenty first century, we face an increasingly global world. Education is more and more the key to success and social mobility. Students from rural villages in Southeast Asia to those raised in New York City are expected to compete on the same level. Schools are increasingly tasked with cultivating global citizens. This committee will be tasked with the question of how UNESCO, as a body, can work towards both equity and excellence in global education. To do this, we will focus on increased use of technology in the classroom, innovative teaching techniques, and outsourced curriculum and lesson planning.
Catherine Brennan is a third year student at Harvard concentrating in Anthropology with a particular interest in the ways we can relate anthropology and education. She is thrilled to return to WorldMUN this year as the chair of UNESCO, having served as a member of secretariat last year in Rome. Catherine has staffed multiple Model UN conferences at Harvard for both high school and university students. Beyond MUN, Catherine has been involved in a variety of roles at Harvard's Institute of Politics and through Harvard's public service organization. She can't wait for the wonderful discussions, diplomacy, and friendships of WorldMUN 2017!
Topic B: Sustainable Urbanization
Today, over half of the world's population lives in cities or urban centers. For the past fifty years, this number has been skyrocketing and, according to the World Health Organization, it is only expected to continues growing, particularly in less developed nations. The quality of sanitation qualify of infrastructure, and ease of access to social committee will be tasked with forming specific, sustainable improvements that can be implemented in a wide range of locations. Previous attempts at this have often stumbled because they have failed to account for local preferences and practices that make these larger projects unfeasible or impractical. This committee will take into account these challenges, form guidelines, flexible targets, and responses that are both sensitive to local practices and achieve global goals of sustainable urbanization.