Letter from the Chair
Welcome to the 46th annual Houston Area Model United Nations Conference! Over the course of two days of intense debate and engaging diplomacy, all of you will be tackling some of humanity’s most pressing issues.
I am Ramy El-Dowek, an international student from Egypt and I have been given the honor of being your chair for the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Right now, I am a senior at the University of Houston. I am about to finish my Bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a minor in Business Administration.
MUN has been a huge part of my life since middle school, for the last 7 years, I had the chance to learn a lot about the United Nations and its committees. MUN gave me the chance to learn a lot about countries I never thought I will get a chance to read about as part of my research. As a delegate, I attended many conferences, in many countries during my time in high school. In college, I was able to attend many conferences all over the United States. However, I am particularly excited about being a chair with HAMUN for the first time, so I’m very excited to see the performances of all delegates.
This year, UNESCO will be debating two very interesting topics; The Uses and Ethics of Artificial Intelligence, and Saving the World’s endangered Languages. These topics are changing rapidly and almost on a daily basis. So, it is important to keep up with the progression of current events, and understand the institutional instruments working behind the scenes in the context of geopolitical events. By doing so, you can be better prepared to incorporate such instruments in whatever solution you all as a committee create.
I highly recommend you research your own countries policies on these issues, especially since this background guide barely covers the intricate world of global communications. I expect you to come prepared with many ideas and an intense spark to debate. I look forward to meeting you all, and I am sure you will have a great experience at HAMUN 46. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Chair of Scientific and Cultural Organization, HAMUN 46
- The uses and ethics of Artificial Intelligence
- Saving the world’s endangered languages