THHSMUN and RSMISMUN are proud in supporting UNICEF USA as our conference charity for our fifth session of Intermediate Invitational. Please consider donating any amount in marked containers found in your committee on the day of the conference to help us raise $100 towards UNICEF USA.
In MUN, the United Nations Children’s Fund is often referred to as an organ mandated by the United Nations General Assembly; however, it is so much more than a committee to debate in. Every year since the inaugural session of Intermediate Invitational in 2011, UNICEF had always been a mainstay in our roster of committees. This year, however, to break our tradition, we would like to shed a different light on UNICEF not as the committee, but as the charity and organization itself.
UNICEF was created in 1946 as a response to the increasingly decrepit conditions children faced in the aftermath of World War II. In 1959, six years after UNICEF officially became a permanent part of the UN “as a practical way of international cooperation”, the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child, which worked to promote the right to health care, adequate nutrition, education, and welfare to children worldwide.
Today, the US Fund for UNICEF (otherwise known as UNICEF USA) is committed to the same mission as it had when it was created—to establish and protect children’s rights as well as help meet children’s basic needs to expand their opportunities and reach their full potential—and has since then made great strides in In 2013, UNICEF provided humanitarian relief and clean water to more than 10 million Syrians as a result of many campaigns including the UNICEF Tap Project, and in 2014, India is certified polio free due to UNICEF’s work in providing vaccines in lesser-developed regions.
In a world where we are globally connected, empty gestures such as retweeting a tweet from Twitter, sharing a post on Facebook, or reposting a picture on Instagram do nothing to solve the very problems of the world we decry but are at a loss as to how to help resolve. In 2013, UNICEF Sweden went so far as to promote a campaign to raise awareness about the disparity between social media and actual charitable contributions in a “Likes Don’t Save Lives” campaign.
As delegates, advisors, and volunteers alike, we are connected by so much more than the actions that we make online. Though we are not celebrities or multinational corporations, we wish to do our part to the best of our ability and raise funds for UNICEF. Please help us achieve our charitable donation goal of $100 with your generosity and donate on the day of our conference in marked containers found at each committee.