Since its establishment in 1997, The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has been working to improve regulations of trafficking and abuse of illicit drugs, as well as prevention of crime, terrorism, and corruption. The UNODC pursues its goals through three main pillars: research to increase knowledge and understanding of drugs and crime issues, supporting and guiding local governments in fighting issues, as well as, providing financial/technical assistance in order to face their situations.

UNODC will run as a double delegation committee at VYMUN 2017. It is designed primarily for beginner delegates. Though position papers are not required, they are recommended to ensure delegates feel prepared and comfortable throughout the conference.

Topic 1. Responding to the rise of new psychoactive substances

Topic 2. Human trafficking

Position papers are required for anyone wishing to be eligible for an award.
Position papers are due Friday, October 27, 2017.

UNODC Background Guide

Aditi Katyal | Director |

Hey everyone! My name is Aditi and I am thrilled to serve as your director for UNODC at VYMUN 2017! I am currently in grade 11, attending West Point Grey Academy. The beginning of my Model UN journey was in grade 8 and ever since, I have had the time of my life while attending multiple sleepless conferences. I have had the opportunity to travel local and international for MUN and it has been an amazing experience for me. This year I hope that I can use my experiences to help guide you through committee sessions and make this VYMUN a rewarding and memorable one. Besides Model UN, I enjoy travelling, spending time with friends, playing sports and taking naps. I am looking forward to what will be an incredible weekend, and if you have any questions, feel free to approach me before or during the conference. I am so excited to see you all in a couple of MUNths!

Jason Zhang | Chair

VYMUNFinalHello delegates, my name is Jason and I am thrilled to serve as your chair for UNODC during the upcoming conference. My first conference was VYMUN in grade nine where I, for the first time, sat in the back corner, clueless, daunted, and confused. Since then, I have attended multiple caffeine filled and sleepless conference, both international and local, as both delegate and staff. Having a relatively short MUN history, I remember exactly how nerve wracking it can be to raise your placard for the first time. However, through these committee sessions, I hope that everyone will grow as public speaker. Outside of MUNs, I enjoy playing basketball, watching Netflix, and taking (frequent) naps. I hope that VYMUN 2017 will be an unforgettable and sensational experience for you, like it was for me.

Tessa Furey | Assistant Chair

TessFurey.jpgHello delegates! My name is Tessa Furey and I am excited to say I will be acting as your assistant chair. I attended my first VYMUN in grade 8, where I found myself somehow placed on a crisis committee, surrounded by much more experienced delegates who all seemed to know more than me (the key word there being “seemed”). As a now (hopefully) more knowledgeable grade 10, I now know that experience doesn’t matter as much as you think- caffeine and power naps are the reality behind success. Outside of MUN, I enjoy buying books and then forgetting to read them and spending more time arguing about politics than any of my friends can handle. I look forward to meeting all of you, and I hope that I can make our committee as interesting and fun as I possibly can- preferably without having to say “if there are any delegates who have not spoken yet, we would strongly recommended they do so” too many times.