71 years ago, along with the General Assembly, the Security Council, the International Court of Justice, the Trusteeship Council and the Secretariat, the Economic and Social Council was created. The ECOSOC was created to mandate all the global economic and social trade, talks, events and affairs, but it has become something much more- a platform that allows countries to relay information back and forth in order to ensure a more prosperous, healthy and safe future. This future, safe of gender stereotype, discrimination based on race, colour or nationality and free from the clutches of deadly diseases. At THIMUN Qatar 2017, ECOSOC will be presided over by three people, Aditya Rathi, Mohammed AlJarallah and Antonio-Alec Germarino. With topics ranging from combating the spread and impact of the Zika Virus, the issue of refugee livelihoods, sustaining decent economic standards and promoting gender equality in economic standing, we aim and hope for a prosperous debate session where you as delegates will produce solutions that upon implementation, would cure world problems.
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The first topic is, strategies to combat the spread and impact of the zika virus. The Zika virus is one of the most pressing issues around the world today. Not only is it effecting the said person’s health, but on a much wider scale it is affecting the entirety of nations in regards to tourism and economic stability. The rise in the spread of Zika virus has been accompanied by a rise in cases of microcephaly and Guillain-Barré syndrome. First identified in Uganda in 1947 in monkeys, Zika was later identified in humans in 1952. The first large outbreak of disease caused by Zika infection was reported from the Island of Yap in 2007. There are currently several countries experiencing Zika virus outbreaks. The continuous spread of Zika has made it a very important issue, and has had programs dedicated to research and spreading awareness on the disease.
The second topic to be discussed at the conference is about refugee livelihood. Unfortunately, it is no surprise we have many refugees in the world, often hungry, hopeless and heart-broken. The committee will look for ways to ensure that refugees are not ‘marked’, ‘forgotten’ or ‘untouchables’, rather they will focus on finding ways to inculcate these good people, in bad circumstances, into host countries. By providing them with reputable jobs based on skill and making them feel like social equals, the international community really does have the ability to make each and every life from a crisis zone happier, safer and economically more stable.
The third topic is the development of standards for the promotion of decent work and sustainable livelihoods. Decent work is a goal looked upon on by an international perspective. It has been recognized in the ILO by the Portuguese minister of Labor and Social Solidarity, Mr José António Fonseca Vieira da Silva, in Addis Ababa by stating that, “Decent work is probably the most powerful concept, and effective tool that the international community has produced, as it provides political options that might offer effective responses to the effects of globalization.” The resulting impact on sustainable livelihood is at the top of the priority list, recognized by the United Nations General Assembly, to help expand opportunity and strengthen its sustainability onto a horizon that includes the matters of both the majorities and minorities including the disabled, those who live in post-conflict regions, and displaced refugees.
The fourth topic is promoting equal access to education for girls to enhance their economic standing. Action is highly demanded in this topic, specifically in countries like India, Cambodia, and Pakistan.The issue on equality has always been and still is an issue today. This issue was born from a wider issue on inequality between men and women and has a very long history. Even though, this issue is strong in developing countries, it continues to affect the world around us.
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In conclusion, we expect every single delegate in the committee to participate and engage the whole time to hold and prompt meaningful debates. This is because at THIMUN Qatar 2017, you as delegates represent the best of the best. We also expect the committee to uphold its reputation by not only its quality of work and resolutions, but also through following MUN code of conduct, especially rules against plagiarism. Having said that, for further aid, go to the THIMUN website for more info, research reports are available on all the topics. We hope you enjoyed reading this blog post. This was just a brief introduction on what you could anticipate from the committee and we can’t wait to meet all of you and have four constructive and productive days of debate. Thanks