Emergency Environmental Taskforce of Peru (Operation Mercurio)

Illegal Gold Mining in the Purivian province of Madre de Dios is a human rights emergencyPeru, the world’s No. 6 producer, is plagued by illegal gold mining in Madre de Dios, where illegal mining companies extract gold from alluvial deposits in river beds. Besides deforestation which peaked at 22,931 acres in 2018, Illegal mining releases tonnes of mercury into the environment and drives sex trafficking and child labor in mining camps. In 2016, in responce, the Peruvian government issued a national emergency. And in 2019, Martin Vizcarra, the President of Peru, assembled operation 'Mercurio’, which includes more than 1,500 special operations police officers, SUAT and 300 members of the Sixth Brigade of the Army Special Forces to root out illegal miners in Madre de Dios. Now, action must be taken, and plans must be formulated. Prepare yourselves, the future of one of the world’s wonders is at stake.


Position Papers

Position Papers are not required for the Emergency Environmental Taskforce of Peru.

Jack Quinn
Simulation Director

Jack is a rising junior in the American University School of Public Affairs pursuing a major in Communications, Law, Economics, and Government (CLEG). He is from the city of Chicago, Illinois, where he participated in Model UN throughout high school, including two years as a head delegate. Jack is currently a member of the AU Model United Nations team and is looking forward to serving as Simulation Director for the second year in a row. In his free time, Jack enjoys studying history, following Chicago sports teams, and watching Game of Thrones seasons on repeat. Jack is excited for an amazing conference and is looking forward to welcoming delegates to AmeriMUNC VII!

Rachel Pederson
Director General

Rachel is a rising junior studying International Relations with a focus on Environmental Studies and French at American University. She is originally from Edina, Minnesota where she was very active on her high school’s Model UN team. She is a new member of the Lambda Eta chapter of Sigma Kappa Sorority, a swim instructor for kids and dog walker. Outside of school and work, Rachel loves talking about sharks, Minnesota, Kevin Durant and music. She served as a Crisis Analyst for the French Cabinet for AmeriMUNC V, Director of Simulations for WIRC VI and Crisis Director for the Philippines National Police during AmeriMUNC VI. She is beyond excited to be serving on this years Secretariat and cannot wait for February.