William Quan ‘20 Historical International Atomic Energy Agency (2011)

William Quan ‘20
Historical International Atomic Energy Agency (2011)

 

William Quan

What’s up with you? I’ve lived my whole life about 15 minutes away from Harvard. Besides being the local kid, I study Economics and History and am especially interested in transportation. Outside of the classroom, I play Ultimate Frisbee, help organize educational conferences in China, and head the Half-Asian People’s Association (this exists!).
Why WorldMUN? This will be my first conference as part of the team, but I’m friends with lots of members already. I can’t wait to get to know the rest of the team as we prepare for the conference and then you all in Tokyo. I’m very excited to run this committee in Japan and learn more about the country (I’m more familiar with China) with you all. 
Random interests? Airlines, trivia, bird poop, hikes, dumplings

Topic: Responding to the Fukushima-Daiichi Nuclear Disaster  

The historical International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is a crucial committee dedicated to responding to concerns and expectations that arise from the growing use of nuclear technology. This historical IAEA will be set during late 2011 to address the Fukushima Nuclear Accident in the wake of the disaster. Following a major 9.0 magnitude earthquake on March 11, 2011, three units of Tokyo Electric and Power Company’s power plants experienced failure in the internal cooling systems thus causing fuel rods to partially melt down and leak. The leaking units were flooded by a 15-meter tsunami leading to disastrous radioactive contamination. In this committee, we will be looking into what led to the crisis in the first place and successive events following the disaster. Through studying case studies of prior nuclear accidents around the world, this delegation will develop immediate actions to minimize the damage, ways to provide relief, and preventative measures that can be taken in the future.