Oceans. They cover almost 75% of our planet but are vastly understudied and underprotected. For years, nations all over the world have fished our seas at unsustainable rates, bleached our corals and polluted our waters. This must end. While the exact effects of these actions is not precisely well-known, we do know they will be disastrous. Millions depend on our oceans for food, jobs, tourism and more. When this committee was founded almost 20 years ago, “extinction” and “the death of our oceans” was not even in our vocabulary. But today the threat is very real. Shark populations are down almost 90% throwing off entire oceanic ecosystems. Projections show that by 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the sea. The largest living thing on this planet, the Great Barrier Reef, is projected to die within the next ten years. Oceans are essential for the survival of humankind. It’s time for this committee to emerge and lead the fight for our oceans. We must all remember that if the oceans die, so does humankind.
All delegates in General Assembly committees are required to write and submit a position paper one week prior to AmeriMUNC VII. This position paper should be a broad overview of your country's formal stance on the topic being discussed in committee. The position paper should also give a description of actions taken by your country to address the committee topic, and how you plan to respond to this topic in committee.
The deadline for all position paper submissions will be Friday, January 25th, 2020 at 11:59 PM EST. Position papers should be submitted via a portal that will become available in early January. General Assembly chairs will take the quality of position papers into account when deciding awards.
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 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.