UN HIGH COMMISSION ON REFUGEES (UNHCR)

The UNHCR, also known as the UN Refugee Agency, works to provide assistance to refugees, forcibly displaced persons, and stateless individuals. The agency provides assistance to those seeking asylum and safety while providing basic resources such as food and shelter to those who have none. The UNHCR also assists integration as well as returns to home nations. Additionally, the UNHCR acts as an advocate for policy transformation in order to better provide for displaced persons.

Co-Chair: Kate Prindle

Kate Prindle is a senior from Dallas, Texas. She is serving as the Co-Chair for the UN High Commission on Refugees General Assembly. This is Kate’s second year with ALMUN after serving as a volunteer at last year’s conference. Kate is majoring in Civil Engineering with a minor in French Language and Literature. She studied abroad in France last summer and plans to do volunteer work abroad after graduation. She is always up to date with current events around the world and loves debating issues with her family. Kate is so excited to be serving as Co-Chair of the UNHCR and can’t wait to see everyone in February!

Chair: Maria Blough

Maria Blough is a sophomore from Lowell, Michigan. She is a double-major in Journalism and Creative Media and International Relations. With these two degrees, she hopes to become an international correspondent or a human rights lawyer. Last year Maria served as the co-chair of the SOCHUM committee. Refugees and human rights are areas of especial fascination to her, so she is excited to chair this committee for ALMUN X. Whenever she actually has a free moment, Maria likes to read the New York Times, watch the Today Show, and improve her photography skills. She cannot wait for ALMUN X to work with all the students in UNHCR and help them craft solutions to some of the largest issues facing the world today.

Co-Chair: Kaitlyn Wolf

Kaitlyn Wolf is a sophomore from Orlando, Florida. She is a double-major in Political Science and International Relations and is minoring in French. She is serving as the Co-Chair for the UN High Commission on Refugees General Assembly. This is her first year as a member of ALMUN X, but she’s so excited to be apart of it, as it is her dream job to work with the UN. After graduation, Kaitlyn is planning to attend law school and work towards getting her degree in International Human Rights Law. Her hobbies include working out, music, and traveling! She’s been to twenty countries and hopes to live in France one day working as an International Human Rights Lawyer or with a non-profit organization.

Letter from the Chair

Greetings Delegates,

 

Welcome to the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees committee for the tenth Alabama Model United Nations conference! The purpose of the UNHCR is “to ensure that everybody has the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge, having fled violence, persecution, war or disaster at home.” In this role, we will work together to craft solutions to some of the greatest challenges facing refugee policy today. In a world plagued by refugee crises on a scale greater than World War II, this committee could not be more timely or relevant. As delegates we will focus on generating solutions to  childhood education deficits for refugee children and the ongoing Rohingya refugee crisis in Bangladesh.

 

I am Maria Blough,  a sophomore from Lowell, Michigan. I am a double-major in Journalism and Creative Media and International Relations. Last year I served as the co-chair of the SOCHUM committee. Refugees and human rights are areas of especial fascination to me, so I’m excited to chair this committee for ALMUN X. Whenever I actually have a free moment, I like to read the New York Times, watch the Today Show, and improve my photography skills. I cannot wait for ALMUN X to work with all of you  in UNHCR and assist in any way that I can as you craft solutions to some of the largest issues facing the world today.

 

This year we are fortunate enough to have two co-chairs for this committee! One of our co-chairs is Kate Prindle. Kate is a senior from Dallas, Texas. This is her second year with ALMUN after serving as a volunteer at last year’s conference. She is majoring in Civil Engineering with a minor in French Language and Literature. Kate studied abroad in France last summer and plans to do volunteer work abroad after graduation. She is always up to date with current events around the world and loves debating issues with her family. Kate is so excited to be serving as Co-Chair of the UNHCR and can’t wait to see everyone in February.

Our other co-chair is Kaitlyn Wolf. Kaitlyn is a sophomore from Orlando, Florida. She is a double-major in Political Science and International Relations and is minoring in French. This is her first year as a member of ALMUN X, but she’s so excited to be apart of it, as it is her dream job to work with the UN. After graduation, Kaitlyn is planning to attend law school and work towards getting her degree in International Human Rights Law. Her hobbies include working out, music, and traveling! She’s been to twenty countries and hopes to live in France one day working as an International Human Rights Lawyer or with a non-profit organization.

 

We are all excited to see all the amazing solutions to these two topics that will be created during ALMUN X. When researching these topics, strive to center your research not only on the general workings of the topic itself, but also on your specific country’s policies relating to the issue, stance on the fundamental principles that might arise in regards to the topic, and how each issue specifically impacts them. If you have any questions about the topics, the committee, or the conference, please feel free to contact myself, Kate, or Kaitlyn.

 

We cannot wait to work with you in the UNHCR committee this February!

Sincerely,

Maria Blough

mblough@crimson.ua.edu

Kate Prindle

cgprindle@crimson.ua.edu

Kaitlyn Wolf

kiwolf@crimson.ua.edu

TOPIC A: Rohingya Refugee Crisis in Bangladesh

TOPIC B: Childhood Education for Refugees

All position papers must be WORD DOCUMENTS

and should be saved as the name of your country or character.

SUBMIT POSITION PAPERS