Letter from the Chair
My name is Nhu Nguyen, and I am currently a fourth-year undergraduate at UT pursuing a dual degree in Plan II Honors and Biology. I am thrilled to have been selected as this conference’s Chair for The Arctic Council! This is my fourth year moderating at a Model UN conference and I have been able to learn and grow so much through this organization. I hope this will be a great learning experience for all of us.
As the only council within the United Nations that addresses issues faced by the Arctic governments and advocates for the rights of the indigenous people of the Arctic, the Arctic Council is one of the most creative committees where your actions demonstrate a will to change the world. Throughout this committee, you will be aiming to resolve a myriad of urgent issues intertwining with the nations’ competing interests to exploit the Arctic’s largely untapped natural resources and the Arctic’s various Indigenous populations. As delegates, you have the significant task of tackling the existential threat of climate change, protecting the interests of the Indigenous population, and balancing the web of competing maritime claims that present numerous political, economic, and security obstacles to an already embattled region.
Our session will address two key issues. Firstly, this body will work to address the situation of mining and resource extraction in the Arctic. Secondly, this committee will address and work to protect endangered Arctic species and ecosystems.
I am excited to see how this year’s delegates rise to the challenge. If you have any concerns or questions - whether that be about your country, the background guide, parliamentary procedure, the committee, or the conference in general, please feel free to reach out to me via email. We are excited to see you soon!
Arctic Council - Chair
- Mining and Resource Extraction in the Arctic
- Protection of Endangered Arctic Species and Ecosystems