UNASMUN VI Day 03 – Guest Speakers

Here is a round-up of UNASMUN VI Day 03, with a focus on the guest speakers who shared their experience and expertise at the respective councils:

From our Guest Speakers

On International Security and International Relations

Mr. Noriman Salim, Consultant at Control Risks, spoke to the committee of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) on the role of the narcotics industry in terrorism.

Miss Namrata Ramachandran, Master in Public Policy Candidate at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, spoke to the Disarmament and International Security Committee (DISEC) about the legitimacy of several peacebuilding and peacekeeping methods, in countries which have experienced conflicts.

Dr. Collin Koh Swee Lean, Research Fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, spoke to the International Criminal Police Organisation (INTERPOL) on the question of systemic piracy in Asia.

Miss Stefanie Kam, Associate Research Fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, spoke to the East Asia Summit (EAS) about how violent extremism can be combated. Reviewing methods employed by Singapore and the United States, Miss Kam noted cultural differences on the value of privacy and how that influences the means through which governments prevent terrorism.

Dr. Graham ONG-WEBB, Research Fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, spoke to the Special Political and Decolonisation Committee (SPECPOL), spoke on peacekeeping and the different levels of which it can be improved on, from the level of the Secretary-General to the peacekeeping officers on ground.

On Human Rights Issues

Miss Nicole Ang, Undergraduate at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communications and Information, spoke to the Human Rights Council (HRC) about the question of the safety and rights of journalists from both a macro and micro perspective, invoking multiple real-world examples to help educate delegates on the matter.

Miss Sylvia Lee, Founder and Director of EmancipAsia, spoke to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Social, Humanitarian, and Cultural Committee (SOCHUM) about the pervasive problem of modern day slavery, and how everyone has a part to play as consumers of the products that have been produced by slaves.

Mr. Yip Renkai, Chairman, Athelete’s Commission of Singapore, spoke to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) about the transference of athlete nationalities and its role and impact in the international sporting arena.

The trading of counterfeit medicine is a lucrative, multi-billion industry that is relatively easy to engage in. Miss Chia Poh Ling, Consultant Forensic Scientist at the Forensics Experts Group, Singapore, spoke to the World Health Organisation (WHO) about how many organised crime syndicates and even legitimate companies are embarking on board this business, as it rakes in a hefty amount of money.

On Economic Integration and Environmental Sustainability

Dr. Ali Kadri, Senior Research Fellow at the Middle East Institute, National University of Singapore, elaborated on the historical and current challenges to economic integration, especially with regard to the Arab League. He also commented on the possibilities of diversifying the markets of countries within the Arab League, given that a majority of these countries are oil and petroleum exporting countries. His comments supplemented the delegates’ thoughts on possibilities for the development of an Arab Common Market.

Dr. Yeo Lay Hwee, Director of the EU Centre in Singapore, spoke to the European Union (EU) about the importance of trade, the feasibility of existing policies, and rhe possible accentuation of inherent infrastructure. She also conversed in depth about major challenges impeding the Union, such as the administration of President-elect Donald Trump and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

Dr. Tamara Nair, Research Fellow at the Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies (NTS Centre) at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, spoke to the Economic and Social Committee (ECOSOC) on food security and females in conflicts.

Miss Ng Lin Kai, a Master in Public Policy Candidate at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, spoke to the Group of Twenty (G20) Summit about the relevance of energy sustainability and security issues to individual nations and the world at large.

Photographs from Day 03

Here are the photographs from the third day.

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