I am delighted to welcome you all to the 52nd session of UPMUNC as the chair of World Environmental Summit, 2050. My name is Megan Phansalkar, and I hope to make UPMUNC an enjoyable, fun, and interactive experience. Originally from sunny Southern California, I am a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences studying Economics and International Relations with a minor in Hispanic Studies. I’ve been involved with Model UN since freshman year of high school and have continued participating in Model UN through the International Affairs Association (IAA) here at Penn. In the IAA, I’m a member of ILMUNC as Chief of Staff nd Academic Affairs as a Deputy Director. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time in these two branches and also loved staffing UPMUNC last year. Around campus I’m also involved in the Student Committee of Undergraduate Education and tutor for the West Philadelphia Tutoring Project. I’m excited to work with your moderator Mohammad and our vice-chair Sravya to make UPMUNC as enjoyable as it can be for you all. Along with our USG Nicole, we’ve worked extremely hard to make sure committee flows well and topics are interesting and relevant. Through rigorous debate and teamwork, I’m sure excellent, original solutions will be created during committee. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me, Mohammad, Sravya, or Nicole. I look forward to meeting you all during committee soon!
Sincerely, Megan Phansalkar
Welcome to UPMUNC 52! My name is Mohammad and I’m super excited to be your 2050 World Environmental Summit moderator. First off, a little bit about me. I’m from Elmont, NY, though I was originally born in Pakistan. At Penn, I’m currently in my first year looking to major in Health and Societies and possibly minor in South Asia Studies. Throughout all 4 years of high school, I competed as a Model UN delegate and am now involved with Penn’s International Affairs Association as an Assistant-Director on the Community Outreach and Engagement branch. Outside of the IAA, I’m also involved with Moelis Access Science, the Asian Pacific American Leadership Initiative, and Global Brigades. In my free time, you can probably find me watching hockey highlights, binging Netflix, and/or scrolling through Twitter. Since this will be my first time senior staffing UPMUNC, I’m amped to meet you all and help make the conference a memorable experience for everyone! Whether you’re relatively new to MUN or you’ve been debating for years, Megan, Sravya, and I are excited to have you in our committee and hear your ideas. Until then, if you have any questions, feel free to reach out. Looking forward to November!
Sincerely, Mohamad Samroz
This is dystopia. 2050 isn't the same as 2019 when the world was working to build a better future. Our society is plagued by war, the deficiency of natural resources, famine, and diseases. As a result, countries are separated and turning on each other in attempt to give their citizens a better life. Will nations be willing to settle their differences for the survival of the human race?
Water is scarce, and wars are happening as a result. When most of the world's water is gone, who will suffer the most? Will the countries with the most water share their bounty, or will they become isolationist and turn inwards? What will countries with less water be willing to sacrifice? Will innovation occur?
The second issue our committee will tackle is carbon dioxide pollution. Our world cannot go on with its increased pollution levels. Simple treaties are not enough. The biggest carbon dioxide emitters will need to take responsibility. But, will they be willing to do so? Or will countries who have historically emitted less pollutants, ignore the charge and continue emitting in defense of their national sovereignty?
If you have any questions about this committee, feel free to reach out to your Under-Secretary General Nikki Vereczkey at firstname.lastname@example.org