I am very excited to welcome you all to the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) at UPMUNC 53! My name is Alexandra Fiol-Mahon, and it is my pleasure to act as your chair and be a part of a committee that is sure to be filled with intriguing issues, thought-provoking discussion, and smart solutions. I am a Senior studying Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at Penn. Originally from Puerto Rico, I have lived in a small suburb just outside the city of Philadelphia for just about my entire life and have loved getting to know downtown Philadelphia during my time at Penn. As a member of the International Affairs Association (IAA) at Penn, I spent two years on the ILMUNC secretariat planning the high school version of this conference and have been staffing and chairing both UPMUNC and ILMUNC since my freshman year of college. Outside of the IAA, I like to play tennis, consume excessive amounts of coffee, and spend time with friends. From experience, I know just how hard the UPMUNC secretariat has been working on making UPMUNC 53 our best conference yet, and I cannot wait to see all of their efforts come to fruition during conference weekend. I’m looking forward to the incredible ideas that you will form and discuss in committee, and I will see all of you in the fall!
Sincerely, Alexandra Fiol-Mahon
I’d like to personally welcome you to the fifty-third iteration of the University of Pennsylvania Model UN Conference. My name is Hana Flaxman and I am so excited to meet you all this upcoming fall. This year it is my pleasure to be serving as the Moderator for the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States committee (CELAC), an organization focused on relevant issues affecting this specific region. Their main concerns in the past have included: poverty, fostering economic growth, access to education, and much more. Of these topics we have decided upon two which I believe will spark intriguing debates and creative solutions. As a Premed student I spend a great amount of my free time working on my classes and preparing for the MCATS. When I am not home studying Organic Chemistry, I enjoy baking, creating art, and performing in musicals. I also have worked in various research labs both in Pennsylvania and in my hometown, Providence, Rhode Island, and would be happy to share my experiences with anyone who is interested! I currently serve as the Director of Design on the Secretary Board of the International Affairs Association, and have loved every minute of it. Through this club I’ve been lucky enough to meet countless passionate, inspiring, and wonderfully kind people. We are all dedicated to planning phenomenal conferences for delegates around the world; an initiative that I am proud to be a part of. As Moderator of CELAC, I am looking for delegates to demonstrate preparedness as well as an eagerness to engage with the topics of discussion. Sufficiently prepared delegates will have conducted their research, thought deeply on the issues at hand, and come to committee with distinct ideas. I hope to promote an environment that is both productive and enjoyable in this committee, where every single delegate can work on their individual skills. My number one goal is that everybody is able to take something away from this conference, whether that be a new perspective, improved teamwork skills, or a new friend.
Sincerely, Hana Flaxman
I would like to welcome you all to the fifty-third University of Pennsylvania Model UN Conference (UPMUNC)! My name is Puneet Gill and I am more than excited to be this years Vice Chair for the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States committee (CELAC). I look forward to getting to know all of you during this conference this upcoming fall and I hope you are all enthusiastic as well. This weekend will consist of various conversations regarding issues affecting this region of the world and debates regarding possible solutions. Past years we have discussed a myriad of issues that have sparked riveting debates among the delegates, and the two topics we have picked this year for you all are no different. This upcoming fall I will be a junior in the School of Nursing pursuing a minor in global health. Usually you can find me in the basement of Van Pelt Library drinking my fourth cup of coffee of the day; however, when I am not doing Anatomy or Pharmacology work, I will most likely be watching a new movie with my friends or trying new restaurants in Philly (ask me for restaurant recommendations if you need any!). I am originally from central Jersey (yes, central Jersey exists), and more specifically, from Princeton. At Penn I am involved in various things; however, the main things I am involved with are the International Affairs Association (IAA), Sigma Kappa Sorority, and a research lab within the Department of Medicine at the Penn School of Medicine. (As a member of the Secretary Board of IAA I am in charge of the running all the social media accounts, so everyone should follow them right now @penn_IAA)</p><p>I look forward to seeing the debate you all will initiate and the solutions that will come about this. In order to be actively engaged within this committee make sure to adequately prepare for this conference and doing so will make sure you will also have a meaningful experience. All in all, I want to make this conference enjoyable for all of you and create a very open environment for debate that will allow you all to gain new knowledge regarding the topics presented for this committee. See you all next fall!!
Sincerely, Puneet Gill
CELAC (Comunidad de Estados Latinoamericanos y Caribeños or Community of Latin American and Caribbean States) is a regional bloc of Latin American and Caribbean states created in December of 2011. The organization is made up of 33 sovereign countries in the Americas that represent close to 600 million people. This committee will focus on how the organization defines and defends the rights of indigenous people of the included countries. Committee debate will include the establishment and control of indigenous people’s education systems and their linguistic rights (regarding education). This discourse of indigenous people may also include their inclusion in sustainable development. This committee will further discuss the legalization and control of illicit substances.
If you have any questions about this committee, feel free to reach out to your Under-Secretary General Zoey Weisman at firstname.lastname@example.org