Published on February 10, 2019
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United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has worked for 70 years in over 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of children and improve the lives of children and their families. UNICEF takes an approach aimed at focusing on the life-cycle of children by recognizing the importance of early childhood development and adolescence. This organization was created with the goal of addressing and overcoming obstacles that children face in areas such as education, poverty, violence, disease, and discrimination. Moreover, UNICEF advocates for ways to give children the best start in life, because a strong foundation at a young age can lead to a successful and prosperous future. UNICEF works towards the Millennium Development Goals and the progress promised in the United Nations Charter. And finally, UNICEF not only strives to better the lives of children but they encourage young children to also speak out, find a voice for themselves, and participate in important decisions that can affect their lives.
Topic A: Addressing Malnutrition in Children
Topic B: Eliminating Violence Against Children
Letter from the Chair
Dear Esteemed Delegates:
Welcome to JHUMUNC XXIII! My name is Meghana Dantuluri and I am your Chair for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). I look forward to working with all of you to develop ideas about malnutrition in children and how to prevent child labor law violations.
I am a sophomore at Johns Hopkins, from Warren, New Jersey. I am studying Public Health, on the pre-medical track. I hope to attend medical school after my undergraduate years at Hopkins, I am specifically interested in studying pediatrics. Aside from my studies, I am captain of JHU’s co-ed Bollywood fusion dance team, I enjoy volunteering with kids with special needs, and I participate in research on the medical school campus.
I have done model UN since my freshmen year of high school, and this is my third year as part of the JHUMUNC staff. I have always enjoyed going to conferences as a high school student, so I am very excited to be on the other end of it and be able to run the event for you all! I am also very excited to hear you all debate these pertinent topics that affect children all across the globe, and I hope that my knowledge as a public health student and experience with working with children in both academic and clinical settings, will help me properly foster learning and growing amongst you all.
I hope that you are able to thoroughly research the ideas and intricacies of these serious issues, and that you learn how to critically analyze real world situations. Even with a focus on children’s issues, I hope to lead you all into contemplative debate on a wide range of topics that stimulate your reasoning and creative abilities. At any time, please feel free to reach out to me for any questions, comments, or discussions, and I will get back to you as soon as I can.
With that said, my dais and I are excited to meet you and look forward to a great weekend!
Chair, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
JHUMUNC Session XXIII