Flavia Cuervo '18 United Nations Human Rights Council

Flavia Cuervo '18
United Nations Human Rights Council

Topic A: Inequality in Access to Education

In developing nations, the path to development and advancement is easily carved by those who have access to an education. Yet in many countries around the world, children are denied access to education for a host of reason. The worst inequity that comes to mind is the lack of access to education that girls have in countries like Afghanistan or Nigeria. However, the problem extends to discrimination along ethnic lines and class divides. Children in rural areas are far less likely to go to primary school and significantly less likely to go to college. Minorities face prejudice and a sometimes insurmountable achievement gap. Children with disabilities are denied schooling altogether in cultures where their disability is poorly understood. The UNHRC is mandated to address human rights abuses, and as a right given under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, education and addressing obstacles facing those who most need it, are under the purview of the UNHRC.




Flavia Cuervo is a junior at Harvard University and concentrating in Economics with a secondary in Romance Studies focusing on Spanish and French. She was born in Cuba and moved to Miami at the age of three where she now lives. On campus, she is the graphics chair for the Harvard Public Opinion Project, the Publisher of the Harvard Political Review and Public Relations Chair for An Evening with Champions. She started participating in MUN conferences her freshman year and this conference will be her ninth. She has been Legal Committee Director for Harvard Model United Nations 2016, Director of Administration for Harvard National Model United Nations 2016, and UNHCR Director for HMUN India 2016. She is passionate about politics and policy and is excited to see these issues being discussed on an international stage.


Topic B: Modern Slavery

Human trafficking is one of the largest criminal industries in the world, second only to drug trafficking. While a great majority of those affected by trafficking are women and girls used as sex slaves, there are also many young boys taken and used as forced labor. Many of those who are victims of trafficking are of Asian of African origin but the international network is so expensive that victims also enter much of the western world. Such an entrenched problem is not one easliy solved and as such the committee should aim to offer recommendations about how best to protect and aid those who have fled victim to traffickers.