Meet your Director, Aubrey Peterson Hague!

Aubrey is a junior at UConn and is a biological sciences and anthropology double major on the pre-med track. She has been involved with Model UN since her sophomore year of high school and joined UCMUN as soon as she came to UConn freshman year. Previously, she was an assistant director for UNEP, then director for UNEP, and is returning this year as the director of WHO. Aside from UCMUN, Aubrey is a certified EMT and plays intramural soccer. When she’s not living in the library, Aubrey enjoys playing tennis and staying active, along with watching copious amounts of Scandal and Gilmore Girls on Netflix. She encourages delegates to reach out to her before the conference at aubrey.peterson_hague@uconn.edu and can’t wait to meet everyone!

 

Meet your Topic Specialist, Anika Veeraraghav!

Anika Veeraraghav is a sophomore pursuing a cognitive science major and a women’s, gender and sexuality studies minor on a pre-med track. Last year, she was an Assistant Director for CSW, and the previous two years, she was involved in UCMUN as a delegate in both ILC and CSW. Outside of UCMUN, she plays viola in the UConn Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra Club; is a member of She’s the First, which fundraises for girls’ education; and writes for the opinion section of The Daily Campus. Her hobbies include listening to music, reading and watching Netflix. She is very excited to be the Topic Specialist of WHO! 

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Topic A: Genome Editing

The ability to alter DNA has revolutionized the scientific community. From altering bacteria for vaccines to engineering food able to nourish an entire population, the possibilities of genome editing have now extended to humans. A recent breakthrough has been the repurposing of CRISPR-Cas9. Not only is CRISPR easy to employ, but it is also readily accessible. This wider availability, however, proves problematic as ethics come into consideration. As a novel issue, there is still discourse regarding internationally accepted regulations.  The World Health Organization hopes to raise awareness by addressing the possible ethical implications regarding genome editing.

Topic B: Refugee Health

Recent unsettling of the Middle East and Africa have seen a large increase in the number of refugees. The legal status of refugees in the host countries has taken a forefront in the news, but their healthcare remains a huge human rights issue that has been overlooked. Many refugee camps struggle to provide even basic health necessities and healthcare access varies massively by country. The conditions found in camps and settlements are even worse as NGOs struggle to obtain supplies and maintain the ever growing population. The World Health Organization looks to discuss strategies to provide better healthcare to refugees and improve their overall conditions.