Organisation of Islamic Cooperation

Dear Delegates,

Hello, and welcome to the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation!

My name is Kayla Hollingsworth, and I have the absolute pleasure of being your Director for Harvard National Model United Nations 2017, a position I am both excited and humbly honored to fill.

I grew up in sunny and suburban Fullerton, California before applying to study at Harvard University. At the College, I intend to joint concentrate in Government and English with a secondary in Earth and Physical Sciences. I also have a passion for Economics and will be pursuing that interest inside and outside the classroom. I have quite a love for poetry and fiction writing and spend much of my free time writing poems and short stories.

I first became involved with Harvard Model United Nations and Harvard National Model United Nations as a freshman, acting as an Assistant Director of Administration and an Assistant Director in the Economic and Social Council. I am so excited to continue that involvement by directing such a relevant and (important) committee, and most of all working with all of you!

Part of what makes Model UN so interesting for me is the unparalleled opportunity to explore new topics that have such relevance in our world today. I am passionate about the topics proposed by this committee due to an intimate family connection to the region that this committee addresses. My grandfather and many of my great uncles and cousins grew up in Iraq before and during the Iraqi War. Writing his own collection of autobiographies documenting his youth experience growing up and his own challenge of overcoming Islamophobia coming to the United States, my grandfather has truly become an inspiration to me and an inspiration for these chosen topics.

Together we will delve into these areas of cooperation, and I hope that you will look at this committee as a truly unique chance to listen and learn from each other. Please do not hesitate to email me with any questions you may have before the conference, and I look forward to getting to know each and every one of you during our committee sessions!

Kayla Hollingsworth
Director, Organisation of Islamic Cooperation
Harvard National Model United Nations 2017

Topic Area A: Islamophobia

With increasing immigration and globalization, the OIC realizes the growing importance of addressing the treatment of Muslim minorities abroad and within our own countries. The OIC’s ten-year plan captures this responsibility. The rise of Islamophobia in the last two decades has subjected many Muslims in the international community to endure racial profiling and discrimination, not to mention incessant negative stereotyping.

Delegates will have the opportunity in this committee to make a grand effort in combating this issue. Muslims, both indigenous, residing in the member states of the OIC, and immigrants who have found homes in other countries, have been denied fundamental human rights, not to mention borne the stress of inflammatory hatred and the ignorance of misperception. The issue has been witnessed on the agenda of the United Nations and other international organizations for many years now. However, to achieve actual results, this committee will have to bind together a political commitment that this organization consisting of governments with significant Muslims within their borders must strive to uphold.

In this topic area, we will delve into this issue that transcends borders and affects Muslims in the international community in solidarity. For an organization with the documented mandate of addressing Islamophobia, a resolution on how to more specifically address this ongoing and relevant topic of contention is imperative. Considering the recent spike in hate attacks on Muslims around the world correlating with the rise of fear due to a parallel rise in violent extremism, the time for consideration of this topic is now. As migration from the Middle East continues, hopefully the international community can look at diversity as an avenue of strength and addresses the issues that threaten to hinder cooperation.

Topic Area B: Protecting the Child

The OIC is working very hard to promote global peace and stability in its member states. In order to start a path to such stability and security, the OIC ought to address the problem of the protection of children in times of disaster, whether a natural or humanitarian crisis. By addressing poverty alleviation, infrastructure and education, the OIC might pass a resolution that addresses the problems of protection that children in its member states experience.

During the last couple decades, the world has been affected by a considerable increase in the frequency of humanitarian disasters. Specifically, the states with membership in the OIC have experienced an upward trend in the frequency of floods, epidemics, earthquakes, storms, droughts, and disrupting attacks that have forced entire families to move from their home to another region, community, or even country. These instances of disaster highlight the necessity of adding strength to the notion of joint Islamic Humanitarian Action in protecting children during such regional crises.

In this topic area, we will delve into this issue that transcends borders and affects children in the international community in solidarity. For an organization with the documented plight at addressing the health and protection of the child, a substantive and specific resolution that builds off of previous regional efforts is integral to the future of the OIC and its Member States.