NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL MODEL UNITED NATIONS The 41st Annual Conference • March 4 – March 7, 2015 Shirley Wu Secretary-General Princeton University Lily O’Connell Director-General University of Pennsylvania Brody Duncan Conference Director McGill University Alec Guertin Director of Security University of California, Berkeley Jason Toney Chief of External Relations Bard College Laura Beltran-Rubio Chief of Staff Parsons The New School for Design Jinny Jung Under-Secretary General of Administrative Affairs University of Michigan Helen Robertson Under-Secretary General University of Virginia Joe Sherlock Under-Secretary General Bowdoin College Erin Corcoran Under-Secretary General Harvard University Costanza Cicero Under-Secretary General University of Bologna Alyssa Greenhouse Under-Secretary General Duke University Paula Kates Under-Secretary General Tufts University Dear Delegates, November 2014 Hello and welcome to NHSMUN 2015! My name is Costanza Cicero, and it is my utmost pleasure to serve as your Under-Secretary General for the Economic and Social Council of Specialized Committees (ECOSOC for short). My job involves a variety of tasks to ultimately insure that your committee runs smoothly and you have a fantastic experience at the conference. At NHSMUN I’ll always be checking on the progress of your sessions and keeping track of resolutions, so you’ll probably often see me walking in and out of your committee room. I have worked closely with your Director and Assistant Director on the Background Guide and other projects leading up to the conference. I’m extremely proud of all the effort they put into their work and I could not be more excited to see how it all finally comes together in March. ECOSOC covers a wide array of topics – from Poverty reduction in Sub-Saharan Africa to Preventing the Spread Ebola. They are all exceptionally diverse and current, so I advise you to research thoroughly and prepare accordingly for the debate. Your committee Twitter page is a great resource for current events on your committee and topic. I also encourage you to reach out to your Directors and ask as many questions as possible, whilst investigating the topics. About me, I’m an Italian senior student majoring in International Development and Cooperation at the Alma Mater Studiorum of Bologna. I was born in the Eternal City (Rome), but my family is originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina. This will be my fourth time attending NHSMUN; I was in the World Trade Organization as a delegate, and as a member of staff I was the Assistant Director of the World Intellectual Property Organization and the Director of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization. I have also devoted my time to other Model UN conferences, particularly to the Italian Model United Nations that is held at the FAO Headquarters in Rome. I was its Secretary General last year and I now operate as Liaison for the conference on the Board of Directors. Work and school aside, my passions lie in the world of ballet, indie music, art, and Youtube. Please feel free to reach out to me before and during the conference with any doubts or concerns. I’m more than happy to help and provide any sort of support for your future NHSMUN experience. Until then, happy researching! Sincerely, Costanza Cicero Under-Secretary General, Economic and Social Council of Specialized Committees firstname.lastname@example.org NHSMUN is a project of the International Model United Nations Association, Incorporated (IMUNA). IMUNA, a not-for-profit, all volunteer organization, is dedicated to furthering global issues education at the secondary school level.