Non-Governmental Organizations Programme

Dear Delegates,

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I am so excited to welcome you all to Harvard National Model United Nations 2019! It is an honor to be your Director for the NGO Programme and guide this unique committee as you debate the most pressing issues facing non-governmental organizations today.

I am a sophomore who plans to study Romance Languages and Literatures and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. Although I grew up in the Tulsa, Oklahoma, I currently live in sunny South Florida. I am proud tri-citizen of the United States, Brazil, and Italy, and I have a passion for language. I am currently studying Spanish and Arabic, in addition to a bit of Portuguese, Turkish, and Hindi on the side. I love to travel and have been very privileged to do so extensively. My favorite destinations so far have been Istanbul, Mexico City, and Rabat.

I am very involved with the International Relations Council (IRC) on-campus. I am a delegate on Harvard’s Intercollegiate Model United Nations competitive traveling team, and I will Direct the Commission on Narcotic Drugs at our sister conference, Harvard National Model United Nations-Latin America conference in January. However, my favorite experience in the IRC was expanding the organization by serving as the Co-President of IRC Recruitment this past semester. In addition to Model United Nations, I work in research at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and am a member of WHRB 95.3FM, Harvard’s very own radio station.

I am looking forward to directing the NGO Programme because of its non-traditional debate format. You will have the opportunity to make this community your own in a way that you could not in a standing committee, and I am committed to a delegate-driven committee experience. We will be utilizing social media as our primary means of communication, and, as a result, each of you will serve as a direct liaison between all of the committee actions of the Economic and Social Council & Regional Bodies and the real world actions of NGOs. Also, get ready for our very own special tradition starting this year: the NGO Programme dinner! While I expect that you will come prepared to debate, please do not hesitate to ask questions on anything that seems confusing or any topic that you would like further information on. I am here for each of you as a resource and will do all that I can to fulfill that role.


Amanda Laura Wasserman
Director, NGO Programme
Harvard National Model United Nations 2019

What is the NGO Programme?

The NGO Programme cannot be found at any conferences on the MUN circuit except here at HNMUN. The Non-Governmental Organizations Programme is a decentralized committee in which delegates roleplay NGOs in an assigned committees in the Economic and Social Council & Regional Bodies. NGOs shape debate through their unique perspective on committee topics and consistently have been a very important part of all of the committees. NGOs speak in committee and sponsor resolutions, but unlike country delegations, do not have voting power on final resolutions. Delegates in the NGO Programme post on social media throughout conference, and in previous years, have collaborated with Press Corps, given visual presentations during committee, and debated inside the General Assembly committees.

The NGO Programme is a truly delegate driven committee for individuals who are ready to step outside of the traditional format of Model UN and engage in a self-directive form of debate. This committee lends itself particularly well to delegates who want to bring their own personal experiences with nonprofit work to debate and are deeply interested in the actors that influence international development. The NGO Programme requires an application; to apply, please fill out the appropriate application on MUNBase.