Maria-Victoria Pardes ‘20 Cabinet of Salvador Allende, 1970

Maria-Victoria Pardes ‘20
Cabinet of Salvador Allende, 1970


Maria-Victoria Paredes

Nickname: MVP.
A little bit about me:
A rising senior at Harvard, I come from Miami, Florida with roots 90 miles away in Havana, Cuba. This is my second and final year as a part of the WorldMUN family.
Activities at Harvard:
I find great satisfaction in my work because I am passionate about everything I am lucky to do. When I am not attending meetings for WorldMUN, I am scheduling meetings for HNMUN-LA where I serve as Secretary-General. I also serve as the Domestic Board Editor for the Harvard College Law Review and as Vice-President of the Cuban-American Student Association at Harvard.
Other interests and passions: I speak Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and am now learning Russian. With these skills, I am able to volunteer as an interpreter at the Harvard Law School Immigration and Refugee Clinic, where I do what I love most: I establish relationships with anyone and everyone, from anywhere and everywhere.
Parting words: I am extremely excited to visit Tokyo, to learn from this city and my delegates in 2020!

Topic: Cabinet of Salvador Allende, 1970

On September 4, 1970, 1,075,616 voters in Latin America’s oldest democracy cast their ballots for fourth-time presidential candidate Salvador Allende. Two months and one congressional confirmation later, Chile’s first Socialist President entered office under the banner of the Unidad Popular - the most extensive left-wing coalition in Chilean history. Our story begins here, with fifteen ministers representing six different political parties venturing to execute the ultimate Cold War experiment: a democratic, constitutional path to socialism. This is the story of la via chilena.

Over the course of the conference, this cabinet will live in the global spotlight as ambassadors of a bloodless revolution. A contradictory revolution faces contradictory challenges, and the Ministers of Salvador Allende’s cabinet will be tasked with pacifying the elite sectors of Chilean society and its blue-collar worker base; it will have to protect itself from American intervention and from Cuban radicalism; it will be called extreme by the political Right, but not nearly extreme enough by the political Left. No territory is guaranteed. History knows how this experiment ended - but, at WorldMUN 2020, fifteen delegates will tell us how it could have ended. The history of Chile, and the world, is yours to rewrite.