UN EDUCATIONAL, SCIENTIFIC, & CULTURAL ORGANIZATION (UNESCO)
UNESCO facilitates international cooperation in science, education, and issues affecting or influencing culture. The organization seeks to facilitate diversity, access to scientific advances and their benefits, full freedom of expression, and access to an education as a fundamental human right. UNESCO further seeks to strengthen ties between individual nations, something which is especially important in today’s globalized world.
Chair: Kat Reed
Kat Reed is a sophomore from Las Vegas, Nevada and is the chair of the UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). She is majoring in Environmental Engineering with minors in Mathematics and Religious Studies. Apart from spending the last year with ALMUN and the Alabama International Relation Club, Kat has been debating in MUN for 4 years. She enjoys reading, ice skating, dinosaurs, and an unhealthy amount of Netflix. Kat is a Barista at the Starbucks on campus and is a Chair for the National High School MUN conference held in New York. After she graduates, Kat hopes to either pursue a higher degree in Nuclear Engineering or become a high school Mathematics teacher.
Co-Chair: Catherine Kachman
Catherine Kachman is a sophomore from St.Mary’s County, Maryland. She is majoring in International Economics and minoring in Blount Liberal Arts and Arabic. This is her first year being involved in ALMUN and she is the co-chair for UNESCO. You can find her around campus working with John Quincy Adams Society, which she is recruitment chair for, and studying in the library. Off campus, she has an internship with the Department of Defense working in Foreign Military Sales, and when she finishes her time at Alabama she hopes to continue her career with the Defense Department.
Letter from the Chair
Welcome to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) of ALMUN X. I am Kat Reed and I will be your chair this upcoming February along with Max McCombs and Catherine Kachman. Before going into some background on our committee and topics, I would first like to stress the environment we are looking to generate for debate. While competitive and professional, committee should overall be respectful and inclusive. The dias will be actively looking for these traits among delegates coupled with speaking, motioning, and creating relevant to the topics at hand.
UNESCO actively works to connect communities and individuals through science, education, culture, and communication. Our main goals include providing every citizen and child with quality education, access to diverse cultural environment, benefits of scientific advances, and the freedom of expression. Working papers and resolutions made for our two topics should ultimately contribute to the efforts of UNESCO and the policy and needs of individual nations. The first topic this committee will be looking at is the “Preservation of Culture in Conflict”. Here we will delve into the argument surrounding the responsibility of nations to protect and preserve culture, artifacts, and history in the face of destruction as a result of conflict. Whether this conflict is in war, terrorism, or in the lesser known battle of ownership, delegates will decide how best, if at all, culture should be preserved. Our second topic, “Tourism as Economic Prosperity”, will explore the effects of tourism, whether it is good or bad, on communities of all sizes. One major aspect of this topic will be the idea of pro-poor tourism and the cultural and economic consequences it carries through nations.
On the whole, delegates will benefit from two major resources. Personal research is the first of these. These topics will be difficult to follow if delegates do not dedicate enough time to researching their country position. Secondly, delegates should feel free to reach out to us as a resource, considering we researches and wrote on the topics ourselves, and we would be happy to help in any difficulty you are experiencing. Most importantly, get pumped, because we’re about to have a ton of fun.