Economic and Social Council

President’s Letter:

Dear Delegates,

Think about the world around you, economies running, people thinking and societies functioning. While one might think that “The Economic and Social Council” is another subordinate committee, I believe that it is at the center of it all. Here we are proposing solutions for real world problems that matter. The issues that we discuss are broader, deeper and more volatile than any other committee, because of the simple fact that societies make people. This committee doesn’t put its self in the now, but it thinks ahead to the future of our world. The issues deal with how economies are going to evolve, how people’s minds function. The decisions that are made here might affect people decades, even centuries in the future, like the decisions on how the United Nations will deal with natural disaster; these decisions will affect an unimaginable amount of people for an indefinite number of years. In this conference, we are dealing with limiting radical ideologies, long term alliances and pacts between societies and the stability of an entire country. This is the committee to be creative. Together with you the delegates, this committee will be the epitome of sophisticated and productive debate.

Best,

Laith Kassisieh

President of the Economic and Social Council

Laith Kassesieh
President of the Economic and Social Council

Email: laithkassesieh18@kingsacademy.edu.jo

Phone Number: +962 7 7630 0257

Deputy President’s Letter:

Delegates,

For those of you who are reading this letter, I thank you for your time, insist that you continue to read, learn, analyze and question the rest of the packet. Let’s imagine that I’m a trusted baker, because my predecessor had the same qualities; let’s just call me Nicolas. Since I can never get my business as good as it was before it became mine. I thought I’d make it much worse with horrible flavor and design ideas. After a while, I stop making those flavors all together and only make one, not good and not bad, but not sustainable. I don’t really like the rich, unless it’s me, so I like to charge them a lot for my cheap cake. So many of my richer customers stopped coming to my bakery and visit other ones. Consequently, now I have the middle and lower class coming in, and every once in a while the upper class do make their way in.  But I can’t have all the fun in my bakery, sometimes I give lower prices to some friends, and other times id let them help me bake some of my cakes. Also, because I’m not making enough of revenue, I buy cheaper ingredients and sometimes skip them all together. This bakery is called Venezuela, and while it may be crude to call Venezuela a bakery, in essence this is how it’s functioning.

With their heavy reliance on the oil economy, this has caused a lot of inflation on their currency; the current situation of four different exchange rates is both unmanageable and unsustainable. Firstly, it undermines efforts to promote domestic production, whether in the public, private or social even the economy. It also implies a permanent and unsustainable flow of highly supported foreign currency to pay for imports of food and other basic consumer goods, intermediate inputs and supplies, as well as luxury items. Basically what I’m trying to write to you are that Venezuela is going through a critical time, and any wrong move may be a step closer to the inevitable civil war. So like all the professionals on this topic, I want you to take this as serious as possible.

Bon Appetite,

Sakhr Al-Dabbas

Deputy President of the Economic and Social Council

Sakhr Al-Dabbas
Deputy President of the Economic and Social Council

Email: sakhraldabbas18@kingsacademy.edu.jo

Phone Number: +962 7 9850 0522

Topic 1: Developing a coherent counter-radicalization strategy for the radicalization of youth due to economic hardships.

The radicalization of youth has been a hot topic for the past few years. With the emergence of Islamic extremism and the large influx of refugees in Europe, the world needs a coherent counter-extremism program for youth. The world is divided on this topic, because of the definition of extremism, and many countries have very different plans on tackling this issue. For example: the Tory majority win in the United Kingdom has allowed for the introduction of a rigorous anti-extremism campaign that seeks to rid the UK from extremist youth. This program has been the topic of major debates that argue that this marginalizes muslims, which in-turn increases extremism. However, countries like Saudi Arabia have a very different definition of extremism and do not have a coherent program on stopping radicalization within their borders. We chose this topic because we thought that participants in the conference might have a bit more knowledge about it, due to it being close to home. Nevertheless, the topic is not controversial to the point where delegates choose to go by their own opinions rather than their country’s’ foreign policy. The topic also combines economic and social aspects, focusing on morality and the economic viability of refugees.

President Packet 1: link

Topic 2: The decline of economic stability in Venezuela.

Since the 1998 elections, President Hugo Chavez had compared himself to the South American Revolutionist Simon Bolivar, promoting an independent Venezuela. Chavez had promised to help the poorest masses and position himself in opposition to the US free-market economy. He vowed to produce a great “peaceful and democratic social revolution.” Chavez had caused much violent conflict after rewriting the constitution. He cemented his rule by showing influence in the neighboring South American nations, and began to expand programs into the United States. As all these feeble new developments came in, the energy and water shortages began to eclipse the luxuries. In an attempt to ease the inflation, Chavez had instilled many controversial policies including price controls on basic foodstuffs, shortages on those same foodstuffs. After his death in 2013, Nicolas Maduro had taken over, still driving Venezuela down its path of destruction.Venezuela had been in a downward spiral for the past 50 years, leaving hundreds of thousands displaced, and in poverty. There are major social and economic gaps, and a crumbling political and governmental infrastructure. Which is why we must find solutions to prevent or minimize the damages.

President Packet 2: link

Topic 3: The effect of natural disasters in Asia-Pacific on the world’s economy, and devising a strategy to improve aid.

Natural disasters in the Asia-Pacific region have been the most devastating events of natural disasters in the world. From the Japanese tsunamis to the Filipino typhoons the events truly cause great hardships in those countries. For example: a greatly devastating natural disaster that has occurred in the past is the 2004 tsunami in Indonesia. Although most of us were children most of us still remember the devastating effects of that tsunami that killed 200,000 people in total across Asia and displaced millions more. A death toll due to a natural disaster of that caliber is simply unheard of in today’s world, but the Asia-Pacific region is incredibly prone to such devastating events. This topic is incredibly important to discuss because it tackles an issue that needs much more attention than it currently gets. It deals with the deaths of millions upon millions of human beings that happen so unexpectedly. This topic is also greatly debatable because it requires a lot of questions of funding and debate upon the aid strategies that would be created. Another important point that this topic covers is climate change and the Paris Climate Change Summit.

 

President Packet 3: link