2020-2021 Jr. Model UN Committee Topic
In preparation for the 2021 Jr. Model United Nations Final Conference, student participants will work in small groups assigned to represent both a country delegation and a subtopic relating to this year's committee topic. Each student will be responsible for researching and writing a short position paper from the perspective of his/her assigned country delegation as well as drafting a final resolution recommending solutions to key issues within his/her assigned committee. All student delegates participating in the Council's 2020-2021 Student Diplomat /Jr. Model United Nations Program will focus on the following committee topic: Ensuring Healthy Lives and Promoting Well-Being for All.
Ensuring Healthy Lives and Promoting Well-Being for All
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought public health to the forefront of today’s global issues and to the minds of everyone around the world. For many, especially those living in developed countries, this is the first time they have had to consistently consider issues of global public health in their day to day lives. But the truth for many others is that issues of health and well-being have been a harsh reality and a constant struggle long before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Life-threatening illnesses, preventable diseases, inaccessible, inadequate and unaffordable healthcare, insufficient child and maternal healthcare, and long term exposure to pollution and hazardous materials are some of the major obstacles to ensuring healthy lives and well-being for all. It is also important to note that issues of health and well-being are fundamental to human life, and poor health undermines other key components that are critical for people to lead safe and productive lives. Without proper health and well-being, people around the world have less of a chance of receiving good education, retaining adequate job opportunities, being food and water secure, and experiencing gender equity.
The phrase “for all” not only implies that health and well-being are issues of equity, but also that issues of health and well-being are specific to different populations, and the communities and areas in which they live. For example, maternal health focuses on the health and well-being of expectant mothers and the unique and specific challenges they face. Others face communicable diseases like tuberculosis and malaria that have become largely eradicated in many countries, while consistently affecting the daily lives of those living in some developing countries. Even highly advanced countries like the United States still suffer from significant health issues, including health concerns related to air and water pollution.
In this committee, delegates will come together to build upon the work already accomplished by the United Nations, World Health Organization, and the global community in promoting improved health and well-being for all. Delegates will work to identify and understand the significant health risks in their assigned country, as well as their own communities, and will ultimately utilize this knowledge to identify effective plans to enhance global health and well-being. Finally, considering the fact that it is one of the greatest global public health crises in modern human history, delegates will also be charged with examining the world’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic and working with one another to mitigate its effects on the global community.
Participating students will be divided into six subcommittees that align with the goal of "Ensuring Healthy Lives and Promoting Wellbeing for All," (1) Reducing Maternal Mortality and Protecting Children, (2) Fighting Communicable Diseases, (3) Reducing Illness and Death from Pollution, (4) Achieving Universal Health Coverage, (5) Expanding Access to Vaccines, and (6) Supporting the Health Workforce in Developing Nations. Each participating school will be assigned one of these subcommittees for intensive study.
Click on the link "Ensuring Healthy Lives and Well-Being for All Resources" to access the topic briefing paper, subtopic briefing papers, and other resources to help students research and prepare.