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Meet your Director, Emma Sheahan!

Emma is a sophomore at UConn, planning to graduate with a major in business management with a focus in international business, as well as a minor in Spanish and professional sales leadership. This is her second conference with UCMUN, having previously served as substantive assistant director of the CCPCJ. Besides tackling global issues within UCMUN, Emma is an active member of many business-oriented clubs and organizations. In her free time, she loves to adventure outdoors. Some of her favorite things to do are cliff-jump with her friends and travel the world, immersing herself in new cultures and languages. Emma is extremely excited for the 2018 conference. She hopes to lead and inspire her delegates through positive reinforcement and a tad bit of fun! Please email her with any questions, comments, concerns, or just to say hi at emma.sheahan@uconn.edu.

 

Meet your Topic Specialist, Simran Thakur!

Simran is junior, double majoring in SLHS and human rights. She is working towards going to law school. This will be her third year with UCMUN, having been an administrative assistant for the CCPCJ her first year, and the topic specialist of the UNHRC last year. Outside of UCMUN, Simran is the Language and Literacy Coordinator for Community Outreach. Additionally she is a part of the Nepali Student Association and the IHWA. When Simran isn’t at her myriad of meetings and classes, she is catching up on her shows, listening to SYSK, or sleeping. She is looking forward to this upcoming conference! Please feel free to contact her at simran.thakur@uconn.edu.

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Topic A: Prevention of Emerging Pathogens by Terrorism

Terrorism continues to pose a major threat towards civilization, with a goal of debilitating governments and disrupting both economic and social systems. Bioterrorism, a unique form of terrorism, is the intentional release of biological agents in hopes of harming those come in contact with these agents. The agents could be bacteria, viruses, fungi, or toxins, and may be deployed in a naturally occurring or human-modified form. The CCPCJ has focused heavily on the prevention of terrorism since its creation. However, because bioterrorism is difficult to detect, it has flown under the radar. It is important that the CCPCJ take bioterrorism into account due to its ability to wipe out entire populations. All nations are vulnerable to a (microbiological, contagion, something descriptive like that) attack. With the threat of Category C agents, such as HIV/AIDS, being spread intentionally, it is important that the CCPCJ focuses on forming a unified plan of prevention against these emerging pathogens and their use in bioterrorism.

Topic B: Drug trafficking by Sea

Maritime crime is an extremely pertinent crisis, occurring daily across the world’s oceans and seas. Specifically, the smuggling of illicit drug cargo across international waters is a rising problem. Today, world heroin consumption and seizures represent an annual flow of 430-450 ton, and that is just one of the many widely used drugs. This infiltration of drug smuggling is scene in the Horn of Africa, Atlantic Ocean, Indian Ocean. Due to the unique nature of the high seas, maritime crime falls outside the jurisdiction of any single State. It is the collective responsibility of all nations to prevent such drastic crime. The CCPCJ must focus on unifying nation states in creating a system which prevents the smuggling of drugs across international waters.