Organization of American States

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Dear Delegates,

It is my distinct honor to welcome you to Harvard National Model United Nations 2019. More, specifically, it is my pleasure to be your Director for the Organization of American States (OAS), the world’s oldest regional organization.

I would first like to tell you a little about myself. My name is Carolina Jimenez. I am a sophomore at Harvard College, concentrating (majoring) in Sociology with a secondary (minor) in Government. I am originally from Boca Raton, FL, a city an hour north of Miami. I grew up in South Florida, where the weather is 80 degrees year-round. I am still getting used to Northeastern weather but was successfully able to survive my first winter in Massachusetts.

My first exposure to competitive Model UN was when I stepped foot on Harvard’s campus this past fall and joined Harvard’s Intercollegiate Model United Nations (ICMUN), our competitive traveling team. Since then I have had the pleasure of traveling to Columbia University, the University of Pennsylvania, and The University of California, Los Angeles to compete on the collegiate circuit. Through ICMUN, I have been able to find some of my closest friends on campus. Besides being a delegate on ICMUN and directing at HNMUN, I was also an assistant director for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees at Harvard Model United Nations, our high school sister conference. Outside of Model UN, I am the Vice President of Latinas Unidas and the Executive Director of the Latina Empowerment and Development Conference at Harvard College. My latinidad and Colombian heritage are extremely important to me and it is what ultimately led me to want to direct the Organization of American States at HNMUN 2019.

I am extremely excited to be your Director for the Organization of American States! These are topics that are not only extremely important to me individually, but that are also crucial to the member states of the OAS. For this committee to be successful, personal feelings need to be set aside in order for successful debate and compromise to take place. I know that all of you are capable of working with one another to solve the pressing issues that are taking place in Latin America!

I am extremely excited to meet you all in February! In the meantime if you have any questions or concerns please feel free to reach out to me at oas@hnmun.org! See you all soon.

Best,

Carolina Jimenez
Director, Organization of American States
Harvard National Model United Nations 2019


Topic Area A: The Venezuelan Crisis

The Venezuelan Crisis is affecting all of Latin America. The standard of living in Venezuela has dropped drastically- there is no food in super markets, there is limited access to medicine, and Caracas has turned into one of the most dangerous cities in the world. All of this is causing thousands of people to flee from Venezuela in what is being called the largest migration of modern Latin America. Colombia has already received 600,000 Venezuelan refugees and is receiving more every day. Thousands of Venezuelans are also fleeing to other nearby countries like Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, Argentina, and other Caribbean Islands. Many of these countries are not prepared to receive such a large influx of refugees. There are many questions about how to solve the Venezuelan crisis and the consequences of what is taking place.  First, how can member states of the OAS aid the humanitarian crisis that is taking place in Venezuela. How are member states planning to receive the large number of Venezuelan refugees? Should they open their borders? What policies are in place to receive refugees?

Topic Area B: Mental Illness in Latin America

In many Latin American countries, less than two percent of the combined countries total health care budget is for mental illness. This is extremely dangerous because of many of the issues that are occurring in Latin American countries like internal migration, sociopolitical unrest, and the consequences of natural disasters that can take a toll on individuals’ mental state. However, many Latin American countries have stigma concerning mental illness and mental health, with this stigma having various sources ranging from moral to religous.

There are many ways to tackle the issue of mental illness in Latina America. This committee will address how countries can increase their access to mental health. How can member states help change the stigma surrounding mental illness? What other barriers are present? Who can assist? These are just some of the questions that will be answered by the Organization of American States at HNMUN 2019.