Asian Development Bank
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is an economically based organization that works to improve the quality of poverty-stricken regions in Asia and the Pacific. It has various focus areas such as energy, information and communications technology, transport, urban development, water, and many more. ADB can provide loans, technical assistance, and grants to various poor countries in order to help them improve economically and socially. There are 67 shareholding members of ADB, and one representative from each member holds a position on the Board of Governors. There is also an ADB President, a management team of six Vice-Presidents, and a Board of Directors. Although ADB has helped many areas, there are still a number of people living in poverty, and there is still more that ADB can do.
Topic A: Providing clean energy to promote regional cooperation and development
Topic B: Financing development to reduce poverty among marginalized persons
Background Guide: Now Available!
Letter from the Chair
Hello Honorable Delegates, and welcome to JHUMUNC Session XXI!
My name is Francesca Kroll, and I will be your chair for the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Committee. I am very excited to debate the very prevalent issues: providing clean energy to promote regional cooperation and development and financing development to reduce poverty among marginalized persons. I hope you all enjoy your time in the wonderful city of Baltimore!
I was born in New York City, and have lived there my whole life, so coming to Baltimore for college was a pleasant change of sceneries. I am a sophomore here at Johns Hopkins University studying Medicine, Science, and the Humanities with a minor in Entrepreneurship & Management, and hope to one day go into medicine. On campus, I give tours and interviews, I host prospective students, and
I am involved in Greek life.
This is my second year as a JHUMUNC staff member, last year I was a member of the dais of the Legal committee, and I’m looking forward to gaining experience as chair. I started as a delegate in 8th grade, and continued throughout high school where I participa
ted in international conferences in Munich, Germany and Budapest, Hungary. JHUMUNC has been an incredibly informative and entertaining experience, and I’m so glad I get to continue being a part of it with you all.
For this conference, ADB will be discussing providing clean energy to promote regional cooperation and development and financing development to reduce poverty among marginalized persons. Many people still do not have access to electricity, so the committee will be debating the social, economic, and environmental effects of this issue, in addition to potential resolutions. In the discussion about social development and poverty, the committee will debate how to best relieve poverty that is keeping many members of Asian countries from gaining access to skills necessary for comfortable survival as well as hindering a broader reduction of poverty.
Make sure you have researched your country’s stance on both of these topics, and look to the background guides for vital information about the nature of these issues, and the committee of ADB as a whole.
I cannot wait to work with all you in February, and if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me or any other members of the dais.
Chair of Asian Development Bank