United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Committee Director: Keli Almonte
My name is Keli and I am a senior at Hillcrest High School. This is my third, and unfortunately, final year in MUNCH (Model United Nations Class of Hillcrest). When we were first introduced to the class in freshman year, I honestly knew nothing about the United Nations or what this class would entail. Now, while preparing to host our first conference, I think back on these years and am so grateful for all the experiences that Model UN can provide to students. Along with gaining speech, researching, and writing capabilities, we've also gained interpersonal skills and a family unlike any other. A family that's shared laughter, tears, and way too many selfies. I can't wait to see what this year has to bring and I hope you guys enjoy this conference as much as we've enjoyed creating it. Have fun!!
Fun fact: I’ve lived in two countries, three states, nine cities and have attended eight schools.
Assistant Director: Daniela Barrera
Hi everyone, my name is Daniela Barrera and this is my third year in Model United Nations. My adviser first introduced me to this class when I was a freshman and now I'm a senior. Yeah, just let that sink in. This class has impacted my life in many ways. I am a new person thanks to the challenges that MUN has brought me for 3 years now. I have devoted much of my time to this class and I don’t regret a second of it. MUN has made me want to pull my hair out at times but at the end of the day i know that I've found a second home in this class. I’ve made great friends that will last for a lifetime and I've accomplished many things for my self as a person. We’re finally having our very own conference and I'm beyond excited to be one of your Chairs. Enjoy your summer and be ready for December!
Fun Fact: I’ve lived in New York all of my life and I've been to Manhattan about 5 times.
Protection for Internally Displaced Persons
The major cause for the increase of internally displaced persons within a region is ongoing conflict within the area. There are many committees in the UN that helped eradicate the conflicts at hand, be it political, social, or economic. However, most of these committees solely focus on this topic and not on those being affected by the conflict. It is our responsibility in this committee to protect these IDPs and help ensure that their rights aren't being infringed upon as they're already going through so much.
In countries where conflict has been going on for decades, such as Colombia, the biggest concern is the eradication of the conflict and stabilization of the nation; it is creating a safe haven for those affected and making sure that they can receive the same privileges as those within stable nations. In this committee, we will discuss the ways in which we can protect these IDPs without infringing on the rights of a nation and without placing more in danger by getting involved in ongoing conflict (such as peacekeepers). Remember that we are not the security council and therefore do not have the jurisdiction to create organizations, but can come up with solutions to suggest to higher committees to make sure that we do all we can to make sure that even those in the most fragile of states can feel protected.