United Nations Commission on Human Rights, 2001

Dear Delegates,

I am so pleased and excited to welcome you all to the sixth session of Harvard National Model United Nations Latin America and the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, 2001! I have no doubt that this will be the best session to date! I very much look forward to working together to produce amazing work from our committee.

But before we begin, first a little bit about myself. My name is Olivia Novick and I am a senior living at Eliot House at Harvard College, concentrating in History of Science with a secondary in Folklore and Mythology. I am originally from Long Island, New York where I have lived all of my life. On campus I am very involved in the student-run Harvard Square Homeless Shelter as well as the Harvard Alumni Association. I first became involved in MUN during high school, where I was actually a delegate myself at HMUN, though the conference held in Boston, in ECOSOC for two years. I had such an incredible time as a delegate that I decided to become an Assistant Director for the Futuristic IGBC, again in ECOSOC, and then directed this committee at the same Boston Conference in 2015, and again at HMUN India that same year. So as you can see, ECOSOC holds a pretty near and dear spot in my heart, as does this committee. It has allowed me to explore the humanitarian and ethical standpoints of major international events and dilemmas and exposed me to crucial discussions that I would not have otherwise been able to partake in or learn about.

Because of my interest in history and my experience in participating in and organizing historical committees, I very much look forward to the work that you will all collaborate on together in order to discuss the Second Congo War and its ramifications on international human rights and policies. Balancing the dynamics between Kabila’s regime, rebel proxies and the United Nations will be very challenging, though interesting, perspectives to analyze. This is particularly intriguing specifically in relation to events that have already transpired, as well as their implications for how the world handles humanitarian and region crises in the future.

I hope through research about this topic as well as stimulating and informative intellectual discussions, you will all come away from this four-day experience a little more knowledgeable about historical events with the ability to understand how to manage similar situations in the future. After directing this committee for high school students, I can’t wait to see how students of your age and education take on this topic. I look forward to seeing you in January!

Sincerely,

Olivia Novick
Director, United Nations Commission on Human Rights, 2001
Harvard National Model United Nations – Latin America 2017