World Health Organization

The World Health Organization is a part of the United Nations concerned with international public health.


chair: Anoushka Mariwala

Hello, delegates! My name is Anoushka and I’m incredibly excited to chair the WHO at PMUNC this year. I’m a sophomore from Mumbai, India, and at Princeton, I plan to major in Architecture. On campus, I am involved with the art museum as a student tour guide and a member of the Student Advisory Board. I also write and copyedit for The Daily Princetonian and am a member of the Nassau Literary Review. Aside from my extracurricular interests, I love and am most proud of my Pinterest boards, and least proud of my inability to cultivate a healthy succulent collection. Feel free to reach out with any questions, good luck, and I look forward to seeing you in committee! 


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topic a: Mental Health: Rights, Provisions, and Responsibilities

The World Health Organization classifies mental well-being as essential for an individual to realize his/her potential and contribute meaningfully to the community. However, mental health is often overlooked, despite its increasing prominence on the global burden of disease worldwide. Accessibility to mental health provisions remains disproportionate: scarce in less developed countries and for low-income households worldwide. It is, therefore, more valuable now than ever to understand the various social concerns mental health raises, and the potential for economic losses to nations it poses if not correctly addressed. As representatives of your nations, it is crucial to open up the global conversation about mental health, and break the stigma associated with mental health concerns to contribute to the creation of a healthy global community. 

topic b: Disaster Relief and Humanitarian Aid

Research indicates a steadily increasing prevalence of natural disasters worldwide, from earthquakes and heatwaves to floods and storms. Sources suggest that over 200 million people are affected by these disasters yearly. The United Nations Charter outlines solving international problems of humanitarian character are one of the organization’s foundational objectives, and the WHO is responsible for coordinating international responses to these emergencies. It is important for representatives of the global community to discuss the development of a formal architecture for disaster relief and aid, and broach the possibilities for regulatory agreements for disasters of this nature. It is valuable to consider the roles of both the public, as well as the private sector in contributing meaningfully to humanitarianism, and consider the value of preventative measures rather than relief mechanisms. This topic is particularly meaningful in light of today’s tense international political climate, allowingg representatives to consider the core tenets of the United Nations.