United Nations Development Programme

Letter from the Chair

Honorable Delegates, 

Welcome to the 46th Houston Area Model UN conference! Prepare yourselves for two days of dynamic yet fruitful debates that will challenge you as delegates and allow you to meet students from diverse backgrounds and experiences.

My name is Eisha Khan and I have the privilege of being your chair for the United Nations Development Programme. I am a senior at the University of Houston, majoring in human development and family studies with a minor in biology. Currently, I work as a medical scribe at the Memorial Hermann Memorial City ER and my hobbies include drinking coffee, baking, reading fiction, and bothering my cat.

My HAMUN journey began my freshman year of high school as the delegate for Finland in WHO. I cherish my MUN experiences a great deal and hope to pass on my passion for it to the next generation of MUNers. I had the honor of being Secretary General for HAMUN 44 and I am thrilled to be returning as a staff member. This will be my 9th year in HAMUN overall and my 6th year as part of the HAMUN staff. 

Given the dire situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, HAMUN will be held virtually for the first time since its founding. This is a new avenue for all of us to navigate and I will do my best to make sure the committee runs smoothly with the help of our vice-chair, Chandler Scott. Please take every opportunity to raise your hand, join all discussions during unmoderated caucuses, and think outside of the box – this year’s virtual conference will require that! 

This year, we will be discussing two topics of global significance: addressing the issue of displaced women in South Sudan and utilizing renewable energy to achieve sustainability goals. UNDP has a responsibility to address how member states are making progress in achieving their Sustainable Developmental Goals. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has negatively impacted socio-economic outcomes across the world, halting the progress of the SDGs and leaving vulnerable communities in worsening humanitarian crises.

Some of you may be more familiar with these topics than others; however, I encourage you all to further research your country’s history and unique involvement in the issues – using just this background guide will NOT fully prepare you for a proper debate. 

I look forward to seeing what all of you have to offer! I expect each one of you to be well read and give your absolute best at this conference. I can’t wait to meet you all virtually and having a once in a lifetime experience together. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions or concerns. 

Yours sincerely,

Eisha Khan

Chair of the United Nations Development Programme, HAMUN 46

Ekhan2@uh.edu

Committee Topics

  • Utilizing renewable energy to achieve sustainability goals
  • Addressing the issue of displaced women in South Sudan

Chair

Eisha Khan

Vice Chair

Chandler Scott