Meet your Director, Ariba Memon!

Ariba is a sophomore majoring in biology with a minor in political science and human rights. She has been involved with Model UN since high school, where she attended the Yale Model UN Conference multiple times and a Harvard Model Congress Conference. This is her second year working on the staff of UCMUN. After serving as an assistant director for the UN Security Council last year, Ariba is excited to direct her own committee on issues she personally believes should be solved in South Asia. Besides UCMUN, she enjoys being on the Executive Board for the Pakistani Community at UConn, and volunteers with the Red Cross. In her spare time, Ariba enjoys sitting outside the Beanery and drinking lots of coffee. She is looking forward to meeting all of the delegates and encourages them to contact her with questions at


Meet your Topic Specialist, Abishek Arokiadoss!

Abishek is a senior at UConn and is the topic speacilist . In years past, he was both an assistant director and the director for WHO, and the crisis coordinator. He is majoring in physiology and neurobiology. He is hoping to go onto medical school in the future. While he loves UCMUN, Abishek also enjoys swing dancing and watching Game of Thrones and Daredevil. This will be his sixth semester with UCMUN, and he has been involved with Model UN since his freshman year of high school and loves discussing international topics. Please feel free to contact him at


Topic A: Jammu-Kashmir Refugees and Fight for Independence

The status of refugees in Jammu and Kashmir have been a source of contention between Pakistan, India, and many other foreign powers who have interests in South Asia and the Middle East. The unrest in the region resulting from the Pakistan-India War and partition of land between both nations produced many refugees and displaced people who were a mix of the different ethnic and religious majorities that dominated within Pakistan and India, respectively. While Kashmir is a constant battle ground for power between the two nations, another source of tension comes between the West Punjab Refugees, Refugees from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, and Refugees from the Chamb. The Pakistani government and refugees of Pakistan-controlled Kashmir reject India’s claim to the entire region based on the Muslim majority demographic of the people. The Indian government and refugees of India-controlled Kashmir use the Instrument of Accession of 1947 to justify their claim in the region. Opinion in Kashmir is inconclusive, some support either Pakistan or India’s control of the region, while others want complete independence from both nations. The international community has a duty to protect refugees from war and political unrest of the region.

Topic B: Protecting Climate Change Refugees

Climate change refugees are victims of forced migration as a result of natural disasters or climate change outcomes. They must leave their homes because of sudden or gradual changes in their natural environments that lead to dangerous and uninhabitable conditions including water scarcity and crop failures through the destruction of land. Often times climate change can exacerbate an existing political conflict as depleted resources and unrest in a region can prevent aid from reaching affected communities.Although climate change itself has evolved to be a controversial issue, the UNHCR centers its efforts on the plight of refugees as a result of this natural phenomenon. Asia is most vulnerable to natural disasters and retains the largest percentage of the global population, resulting in the highest population of climate change refugees.  The UNHCR has a commitment to protect refugees, stateless people, and internationally displaced people who escape war, persecution, and often forgotten, natural disasters. Although these refugees may not necessarily be fleeing out of their country, they are displaced from their homes and must be assisted while resettling.