Decriminalisation of Illegal Substances as a Measure to Reduce Substance Abuse

Combating the Production and Distribution of Falsified Medical Products

Combating the Threat of Maritime Piracy

Elizabeth Van Meer is a chair of the UNODC committee. She was born in Amsterdam but has lived the majority of her life around the area of Barcelona. She is currently a sophomore, attending her fourth year at the American School of Barcelona. Lis joined MUN in 8th grade because of her interest in debate and current events. After attending 4 national and international conferences, she can say that MUN has made her aware of so many aspects of the world and perspectives on issues most prominent in society. MUN has helped her overcome her lack of comfort with public speaking and has taught her to think on her feet. MUN is a chance to socialise with individuals from around the world, learning both about people and cultures.  It has brought Lis some of her best memories and it is at MUN that she has made some of her best friends. Lis looks forward to BCNMUN 2020, as it will be her first time attending a conference as a chair. She hopes that everyone has a great time- debating, learning and developing.  

Zachary Freer is a chair for this year's UNODC.  He was born in New York City and lived there for eight years before moving to Barcelona in 2014, where he has lived ever since. He participates in many extracurricular activities, including Rotary Club, NESDA (Speech and Debate), basketball, and baseball. He started participating in MUN in 8th grade and immediately fell in love with it. BCNMUN will be Zachary’s 5th conference and his first time chairing. He believes that Model United Nations allows its participants to enrich their critical thinking and public speaking skills while simultaneously becoming more knowledgeable on important current events. Through these skills, he believes that participants in the Model United Nations program receive excellent preparation to become future leaders and active members within the international community. Zachary is excited to be chair; he hopes that he will be able to grow as an MUN participant and inspire a passion for MUN in all delegates through an energetic and productive debate.

Anita Filippova is Chair of the UNODC committee.Currently, she is a senior at the American School of Barcelona. Anita was born in Tallinn, Estonia, and lived there her whole life until moving to Barcelona in 2015. In 8th grade, she joined the Model United Nations programme, which was something new to her and not her usual area of interest. However, that year she went to her first conference and ever since has been an active member of the MUN programme. Throughout 9th, 10th, and 11th grade, she participated in another six conferences around the world as a delegate, and chaired twice, first at BCNMUN 2019 and then at THIMUN 2020. Throughout her chairing experiences, Anita has learned a lot about leadership, controlling committees, and ensuring a balanced and fair debate. She always has a lot of fun chairing and can’t wait to do it once more at BCNMUN 2020!


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