United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC - Intermediate):
The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) is one of the six organs of the United Nations. It coordinates the recommendations for social, economic, as well as environmental issues. It also helps with the implementation of the development goals that were put forth by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). It serves as a central body of the UN by governing the specialised bodies of the UN in the fields of the environment, economics and society. The Council underwent a couple of changes in the 21st century to help strengthen and define its functions. In Resolution 68/1, which was passed in September 2013, ECOSOC was defined as a council that promotes innovative thinking and reflection in achieving sustainable development. Its headquarters are permanently in New York, USA. This committee deals with topics such as development aid, as well as humanitarian aid, the problem of forced labour, and many more.
1. Topic A: Artificial Intelligence and Unemployment: Preventing Future Threats
A highly debated question in our world today is whether Artificial Intelligence or AI will cause mass unemployment. AI is taking over industries today, such as social media through chatbots and more. The concern is that the jobs that people do right now will become automated and will be conducted faster by AI. But this is only one side of the debate, as others state that AI will create more jobs. This topic will discuss just that.
2. Topic B: The Preventing of Pandemics
In a world, where everyone is practically quarantined, the discussion of how to prevent pandemics comes back to light. With COVID-19 taking over the world, different countries imposed different regulations on how to combat the spread of the disease. Also, a look back on history throughout The Black Death, Swine Flu, Spanish Flu and even HIV will bring up many questions regarding the spread of pandemics. How do we prevent another pandemic in the next couple of years? What can we learn from COVID-19? This topic is going to answer these questions.
Amanda Legórburu is part of the Dais of the ECOSOC. She studies Fine Arts and Design in the Universidad Francisco de Vitoria in Madrid, Spain, though she is originally from Caracas, Venezuela. Amanda has done Model Un for a while now, and continues to love it. Two of her favourite things are music and reading, but she also has a great passion for bullet journaling, psychology, video games and playing the piano. She is personally very attached to Animal Crossing as of late. Amanda is very excited for the conference!
Franziska is a 21-year-old student from Hamburg University. She joined the HanseMUN society when taking up her studies in law in 2018. Ever since, she is involved in the organizing process of the HamMUN conference and enjoys preparing the society’s Monday Sessions during the semester. She is very much looking forward to meeting you all in Tel Aviv this summer!
Ariel is a second-year student at Tel Aviv University. He's pursuing a BA in Middle Eastern Studies and Digital Culture and Communications and will be going into his third and final year at TAU next year. Currently, he's the Director of Academics for the Tel Aviv University Model UN Society. Originally from London, and growing up in New Jersey, now he lives, breathes, and has fallen in love with both the lifestyle and city of Tel Aviv as a local to the town feel free to hit him up for places to eat, drink, and party the night away! He’s looking forward to welcoming everyone to Tel Aviv in August and having you fall in love with this city as much as he did!