Position Papers are due on February 6th to be considered for the Best Position Paper Award, and February 13th to be considered for any committee award. Submit them to ECOSOC@bmun.org.
UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)
Head Chair | Alex Feibleman
Vice-Chairs | Liam Campbell, Octavio Garcia Farfan, Stevie Zheng
The United Nations Economic and Social Council is the leading UN organization for the furtherance of sustainable development in the UN. ECOSOC serves as the umbrella organization for all UN bodies devoted to the economic, social, and environmental aspects of development. ECOSOC’s subsidiary organizations range from regional development commissions like the Economic Commission for Africa, to large programs like the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). ECOSOC aids in the coordination and implementation of policy put forth by these bodies and agencies.
Topic 1 | Strengthening Resilience to Climate Related Disasters
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Throughout the sixties and seventies, there was an average of 40 climate related disasters each year. This number has skyrocketed to 250, with disasters now affecting 217 million people each year. Disasters ravage unprepared communities and cause major disruptions in economic, social and political development. This committee will debate commonalities in how countries effectively and ineffectively prepare for disasters and generate innovative policy solutions to better prepare countries for the many disasters to come.
Topic 2 | Commercial Bribery in Multinational Organizations
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Commercial or private sector bribery has been widely passed over by the international financial regulatory system. In sharp contrast to the bribery of government and ministerial officials, which is almost universally criminalized, commercial bribery has not been criminalized in many jurisdictions and, even where it has been, is rarely prosecuted. This committee seeks a way to standardize international statutes on commercial bribery and debate ways the UN can regulate and enforce commercial bribery restrictions.