Welcome to UPMUNC 53! I'm so excited to serve as your chair and work with Moderator Julia Sachs. I'm a rising junior studying through the Huntsman Program and concentrating in Mandarin, finance, and management. I served as Moderator of ECOWAS during the previous iteration of UPMUNC, and I'm looking forward to return for another great conference.</p><p>The SOCHUM Committee will be full of intellectually stimulating debate regarding reconstruction after the Sri Lankan Civil War and freedom of expression in media across Asia. We are eager to see how you all creatively devise solutions to help resolve these issues. If you have any questions about the committee or anything else, please feel free to email me at email@example.com. See you soon!
Sincerely, Joshita Varshney
I am excited to welcome you to the fifty-third iteration of the University of Pennsylvania Model United Nations Conference! My name is Julia Sachs and I will be the Moderator for the Social, Humanitarian and Social Issues Committee (SOCHUM). The secretariat has been working tirelessly to make UPMUNC 53 an incredible conference, and I am looking forward to meeting you in a weekend of fruitful and exciting debate. To introduce myself, I am a junior at the University of Pennsylvania studying Marketing and Business Analytics at the Wharton School and minoring in Latin American and Latino Studies. I was born and raised in Sao Paulo, the largest city in Brazil. I participated in MUN conferences all throughout high school, and those experiences completely shaped the way I see and understand current global issues. I have been involved in the International Affairs Association at Penn since my freshman year, and now I serve as Chief of Operations for ILMUNC Philadelphia. In my spare time, I love tap dancing, photographing and traveling around the world! SOCHUM is a special committee to me (it was my very first one as a delegate) and I cannot wait to see you come up with innovative solutions to two pressing, thought provoking issues: reconstruction following the Sri Lankan civil war and freedom of expression and access to media in Asia. I truly believe UPMUNC will be an incredible opportunity to not only learn and engage in stimulating discussions, but also share incredible experiences with delegates and chairs. I am very excited to meet you, and please reach out if you have any questions or thoughts (or just want to say hi!)
Sincerely, Julia Sachs
I am very excited to welcome you all to UPMUNC 53! My name is Summer Thomas and I will be the Vice Chair for the Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Issues (SOCHUM) Committee. We are all working towards providing you a weekend full of engaging and productive debate! I am a rising sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania studying History in the College of Arts and Sciences. I am originally from New York and participated in Model United Nations all throughout high school. Since coming to Penn, I have been involved in IAA. During my freshman year, I had an amazing time staffing both UPMUNC 52 and ILMUNC 35, leading me to become more involved in the club. I really enjoyed being apart of planning a successful and fun event for all of the delegates, and it is something I want to continue to do during the rest of my time here at Penn. Apart from IAA, I am also on the board for the Caribbean American Student Association (CASA). My entire family is from Jamaica, and being Jamaican is a very central part of my identity!</p><p>I am extremely excited to have the opportunity to be your Vice Chair, and cannot wait to hear the passionate arguments and innovative solutions you all come up with for our two issues this year: Reconstruction Following the Sri Lankan Civil War and Freedom of Expression and Access to Media in Asia. I hope that discussion of these two issues will provide a weekend full of stimulating debate as well as memorable experiences!
Sincerely, Summer Thomas
The Sri Lankan civil began as a large injustice to the Tamil people prior to the 1950s and continued to be a primary issue throughout the war, which began throughout the 1980s. After decades of increasing ethnic tension, the war began as a low-level insurgency in July of 1983. In 2009, the Sri Lankan government declared victory over the Tamil Tigers, ended the civil war after 26 years of battle and humanitarian crimes. An estimated 80,000 to 100,000 individuals died during the progression of the war. Following the war, there now exists many Tamil-majority regions throughout India and South Asia.
Countries throughout Asia have undergone policy enactments to limit expression throughout East Asia. These restrictions include the enactment of press laws, suspension of newspapers, arrests of journalists, the levy of economic sanctions, and the moves to government ownership. The number of blocked sites, as documented by independent internet monitors, is on the rise in nearly every Southeast Asian nation, in part of a wider downturn in freedom of information across the region.
If you have any questions about this committee, feel free to reach out to your Under-Secretary General Liam Cook at firstname.lastname@example.org