UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific

Dear Delegates,

Welcome to ILMUNC China! My name is Rohan Rajagopalan, and I am very excited to be your chair for UNESCAP. I, along with our moderator Greg Winter have been working hard for the past few months to provide you with an awesome delegate experience and a challenging and thought-provoking committee.

For a little about me: I am currently a senior in Wharton at the University of Pennsylvania concentrating in Statistics and Business Analytics. I participated in my first Model UN conference while in Middle School and have spent three years at Penn organizing our own College Model UN conference (UPMUNC). I know from firsthand experience how rewarding and exciting these conferences can be, and I hope to make this year’s UNESCAP committee one of the best yet. Outside of Model UN, I am a huge sports fan and enjoy watching my local Philadelphia teams.

I look forward to meeting all of you this Spring, and hope you are equally excited for our committee. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to me at rohanraj@wharton.upenn.edu.

Dear Delegates,

I look forward to meeting all of you this Spring, and hope you are equally excited for our committee. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to me at rohanraj@wharton.upenn.edu.

Before we jump right in and get down to the nitty-gritty, let me say a little about myself. I’m currently a senior majoring in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering and minoring in Energy & Sustainability. I’ve been a member of International Affairs Association for three years now, having joined my sophomore year due to my roommate’s insistence. I have not made a better decision at Penn and three years later I’m now the COO of SPEV and a D-level for the Secretary Board (didn’t I tell you there would be acronyms).

Outside of the IAA, I’m a member of Penn’s engineering fraternity Theta Tau and Community Outreach Coordinator for a STEM education group called Access Engineering. As a Philadelphia native, access to math and science education in Philly public schools is a subject near and dear to my heart. Besides that, I’m an avid yoga enthusiast (don’t talk to me until you find your drishti), an amateur drone videographer (only crashed once), and a huge comic book nerd (I’ll beat you in trivia any day of the week). The long and short of it is, I’m a nerd and I can’t wait to nerd out with each and every one of you. Get ready for a conference filled with difficult debates on HIV/AIDS and stimulating discussions on sustainable development. Most importantly, get ready to have a great time at ILMUNC China!

Introduction

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) is a regional body consisting of 53 member states and 9 associate members that aims to address the greatest challenges facing the region. In this committee we will address two topics of great importance. First, we will tackle the HIV/AIDS epidemic which continues to challenge policymakers and citizens in region. While progress has been made, 50% of people with the condition still do not receive the treatment they require. Second we will examine sustained economic development through the dual lenses of economic equality and financing for development.

Topic 1: HIV/AIDS

Topic 2: Sustainable Development