UN Office of Drugs and Crime

Committee Information

Title: UN Office of Drugs and Crime

Organ: Economic and Social Council Committees and Specialized Agencies

Chair: Kaitlyn Ham

Topic A: Organized Crime

Topic A Summary:

Organized crime is defined as a group of professional criminals who work together as part of a powerful and secret organization. Transnational organized crime involves the trafficking of drugs, firearms, and people. This trafficking endangers the people of many nations who die from drug-related health problems, are killed by these illegal firearms, or are enslaved by human trafficking. Organized crime violates the human rights of the countless people taken into human trafficking each year. From an economic standpoint organized crime undermines financial systems by money laundering. The vast sums of money made by the people involved empower them to continue and take higher risks which further endangers law abiding citizens. The large amount of money also compromises legitimate economies which can have even larger collateral damage than the harm to people mentioned above. It is crucial to meet this issue with a concerted response from member states because organized crime transcends traditional boundaries.

Topic B: Corruption

Topic B Summary:

The large amount of money gained from organized crime is often used as a tool to corrupt governments further empowering these members by lowering the risk they are taking and elevating the reward. Despite the widely held belief that corruption is only a major issue for 3rd world countries, corruption affects all countries. Corruption slows economic development and can lead to governmental instability both of which can be factors in igniting conflict within a country. When there is corruption within governments the law becomes obsolete and the citizens of these countries can feel helpless as the ones who were supposed to protect them are no longer doing so. Direct economic issues occur because foreign investment is discouraged and small businesses find it difficult to overcome the cost the government has created to begin their business.

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Letter from the Chair

Dear Delegates,

I am beyond excited to welcome you all to the Ivy League Model United Nations Conference India. My name is Kaitlyn Ham and I am a chair for ILMUNC India this year. I cannot wait to begin what is sure to be one of the most stimulating and fun conferences ever!

I am in the College of Arts and Sciences studying Criminology and the interdisciplinary major Philosophy, Politics, and Economics as a part of the class of 2020 with the goal of becoming a civil rights lawyer. I come from a military family as both of my parents spent 20 years in the Navy. You can catch me wearing my favorite Naval Aviation baseball cap while talking about the Blue Angels and rooting for Navy to crush Army in the most important football game of the year. Although, I am a military brat I normally tell people I am form Pensacola, Florida home of the Blue Angels and the best beaches. I became interested in model UN because of the different topics that are discussed and how it is important to take into account different perspectives in order to solve problems. Model UN allows people to try to empathize with other cultures and understand views other than their own. The Model UN world mixes the just right amounts of logic and creativity that will be important in solving real world problems in the future.

I was an assistant- secretary general for the University of Pennsylvania Model United Nations Conference (UPMUNC), our college model UN conference and am the Under- Secretary General for ECOSOC committees for UPMUNC 51. This committee is sure to be engaging and incite constructive debate. I along with the secretariat will be working tirelessly to ensure that this committee ranks among your favorites in your model UN career and your enthusiasm will make it that much better. I cannot wait for what is sure to be an amazing conference!

Kaitlyn Ham
Chair, UN Office of Drugs and Crime