Alliance of Small Island States
Established in 1990, the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) is an intergovernmental organization of 44 member states and observers that deliberate on topics of common interest pertaining to development, security, and the environment. While the Alliance does not have a formal charter or budget, it serves as an important ad hoc forum for its members to consolidate their voices and bolster their strength as a voting bloc when working within UN organs. AOSIS has been at the forefront of global conversations on sustainable development and climate change since its founding. From its involvement with the creation of the Kyoto Protocol to its advocacy of the Paris Accords, the Alliance holds strong in its dedication to advancing debate on the most pressing issues facing our shared planet.
Committee Topics and Background Guide
Topic A: Climate Change and Displacement
Topic B: Food Security and Sustainable AgricultureAvailable November 30, 2018
Letter from the Chair
It is my pleasure to welcome you to JHUMUNC XXII, and to the Alliance of Small Island States! My name is Helen Song, and I will be serving as your chair this year.
I am currently a sophomore studying Molecular and Cellular Biology at Johns Hopkins. This is my sixth year participating in MUN – I have competed as a delegate since high school, and currently travel with the HopMUN team to various conferences across North America. I am excited to staff the JHUMUNC conference again, having served as a dais member of Quad USSR last year. Outside the world of Model United Nations, I conduct research at Hopkins’ medical campus and mentor middle school Science Olympiad participants with the Charm City Science League. You might also find me making music, browsing memes, or searching Baltimore for delicious new foods to try.
I look forward to working with all of you to address the pressing environmental concerns facing our world today.
Both topics are complex in origin and far-reaching in impact – naturally, they will require responses that are equally complete. As you familiarize yourselves with the finer details of these topics, I encourage you to consider how your proposed solutions might effectively utilize resources and establish partnerships across different communities and disciplines to accomplish your goals. Feel free to reach out to me with any comments or questions that come to mind in your research process.
Our dais and I wish you all the best, and we look forward to hearing your thoughtful and innovative ideas this February!
Chair, Alliance of Small Island States
JHUMUNC Session XXII