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: Food and Nutrition Security

Malnutrition is a rapidly escalating global phenomenon with widespread and enduring consequences. The WHO defines nutrition as the intake of food, considered in relation to the body’s dietary needs. Not only does poor nutrition lead to greater chances of diseases, but it also has a negative effect on development and productivity. The WHO estimates that currently, about 1.9 billion adults worldwide are overweight, while 155 million children remain stunted. The WHO remains committed to ensuring the availability of safe and wholesome food worldwide. Particular areas of nutritive focus are the escalating sugar intake globally, increasing levels of sodium in food, added products in food that act as a nutritive risk, and how to ensure a healthy pregnancy and postpartum period for females. WHO member states have also outlines Global Nutrition Targets 2025 that focus on promoting nutrition through particular targets. Food and nutrition is an incredibly relevant topic for discussion, especially while considering the similarities and differences in malnutrition across the globe. Furthermore, the potential for political disruption caused by a changing food industry is another vital factor to consider for policy-makers. It is easy to often lose ourselves in the complications of politics and policy-making, especially in the face of emerging scientific research, but ultimately, access to nutrition is a universal human right, and we must be committed to upholding it to the greatest possible degree.