World Health Organization


Director's Letter

Dear Delegates,

I am so honored and excited to welcome you as your director during the 2018 HNMUN conference! My name is Cora Neudeck, and this year, I will be directing the committee of the World Health Organization.

The committee topics of A) Special Needs & Disabilities and B) Global Antibiotic Resistance are of such importance, especially with the high rates of stigma, abuse, and inequality that still exist for those with special needs across the world, and the ever-involving challenges that arise in drug research and implementation. I am so looking forward to meeting you all and hearing you imagine creative and innovative solutions to these issues through your own experience.

First, to just tell you just a bit about myself! I am originally from the very small town of Reelsville, Indiana (with just slightly over 800 people), in the middle of the US, where I live with my family of seven and close to a dozen pets. I have absolutely loved growing up in Indiana, but as a current third-year student at Harvard, I have been so fortunate to explore and enjoy my time out at Boston, experiencing all the new wonders the city has to offer.

At Harvard, I study Cognitive Neuroscience & Evolutionary Psychology with a secondary focus in Global Health & Health Policy. Through experience working with nonprofits both in the US and abroad, I hope to be able to focus my career on continuing to expand access to essential health services and human rights protections for the world’s most vulnerable populations, especially young mothers and children. During my time at school, I am very involved in public service, and currently serve as Volunteer Director of Y2Y, a youth homeless shelter. Annually, I also coordinate a pediatric cancer fundraiser featuring Olympic ice skaters from all across the globe called “An Evening With Champions.” Lastly, as one of my favorite parts of being on campus, I also regularly volunteer with children and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder, a cause particularly important to me, also having a younger sister with ASD. In my free time, I love singing, traveling, swing dancing, and drinking lots of raspberry tea!

My involvement in Harvard Model UN began freshman year, when I served as an assistant director for both the Human Rights Committee and the World Health Organization. My sophomore year I was an assistant director for our Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) committee, as well as a director for our Business team. I have absolutely loved getting to be a part of Model UN while at Harvard, as well as a member of Harvard’s competitive Model UN team, and have also had the incredible pleasure to help direct in similar conferences called HMUN India and HACIA Democracy, simulating WHO and PAHO (Pan-American Health Organization) in Panamá, Colombia, and India.

Despite only becoming more recently involved in Model UN, I have absolutely loved the incredible community that it has to offer. I have been so incredibly awed by all of the amazingly talented, passionate, and intelligent individuals that I have had the ability to meet in committees from all across the world, and the opportunity that it has provided me to explore topics more and gain a deeper understanding of the world. There is so much to learn from every committee! I hope the knowledge and skills that you develop during the weekend of HNMUN will extend far beyond our time together, and allow you to help enact greater change in the world, while forming incredible friendships and long-lasting memories.

I hope you have the most wonderful time before conference, and I am really looking forward to meeting you all soon! Of course, please feel free to contact me at any time before the conference with any and all questions.

Warm regards,

Cora Neudeck
Director, World Health Organization
Harvard National Model United Nations 2019


Topic Area A: Special Needs and Disabilities

"Special Needs and Disabilities" is an incredibly essential topic to discuss - with millions of adults and children suffering from learning, developmental, and physical disabilities throughout the world. Unfortunately, many individuals who have special needs are unable to have access to quality education and employment because of stigma and lack of properly established systems. This is a deficit that often then leads to poverty, illiteracy, and social isolation. Proper care and lack of resources lead to families that are not able to care for their children with disabilities and an achievement gap that has a tremendous impact on economies throughout the world. Without an ability to understand and support these individuals with special needs, it will be incredibly difficult to ensure basic supportive and capable family and community structures, let alone access to equitability in education and political mobilization. All individuals, regardless of disabilities, are entitled to human rights and equality, as the UN Declaration of Human Rights and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) show. It is the hope of this committee to address this issue and to find sustainable, long-term solutions to this gap of education, employment, and equality for those with special needs and disabilities.

Topic Area B: Global Challenges to Drug & Antibiotic Resistance

“Global Challenges to Drug & Antibiotic Resistance,” called by the WHO as one of the greatest challenges of our time, is a growing social and biological issue that needs to be addressed. With antibiotics no longer working the way they should to help treat life-threatening diseases such as tuberculosis, HIV, and pneumonia, millions of men, women, and children across the world are at risk. This is especially true in LDCs with unstable health and infrastructure systems, which are already so reliant on the recourse that antibiotics can provide. Without solutions found in over-the-counter drug regulation, increased funding for research, and strict agricultural and environmental guidelines, it will be impossible to ensure the safety that antibiotics should provide globally.


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