World Health Organization (WHO)
Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)
Human Rights Council
Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC)
International Olympic Committee (IOC)
Special Session of the General Assembly on the World Drug Problem
Chairs: Alex Blumenfeld and Kairui Huang
Topic A: Improving Microfinance
At its core, microfinance consists of providing small loans to very poor borrowers to help them start productive businesses that will give them a steady income and get them out of extreme poverty. With a focus on “social impact” that works with borrowers to ensure their financial security rather than imposing sky-high interest rates in the hope of making huge profits, microfinance lenders have traditionally been nonprofits/NGOs, although this is starting to change somewhat. While the definition of “microfinance” is now expanding to include the provision of other services to the poor, from basic healthcare to cell phone service, small loans to help the extremely poor stay afloat and build businesses are still at the center of microfinance institutions’ (MFIs’) operations.
Topic B: Urban Growth in the Developing World
Urbanization is one of the most important economic trends occurring in the world today, and it presents unique opportunities for nations across the globe, but with dangerous consequences too. As humanity has developed over the years, societies have become gradually more densely populated and based in cities, with far-reaching effects on everyone involved. Up until the Industrial Revolution, the development of cities had been somewhat limited, with most urbanization concentrated among a few European city-states and some other metropolitan areas like London and Tokyo. However, with the growth of modern manufacturing and the subsequent need to locate factories near large numbers of workers, along with the development of new urban planning methods that allowed for taller buildings and higher population density, the world’s cities started to take off.