Economic and Social Council

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

Dear delegates it is my pleasure to welcome you to LiMUN 2017!  My name is Carolina Coombes and I will be directing UNESCO. I study medicine at Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia and in my free time, I enjoy running, going out, playing with my dog, writing and watching a lot of Netflix. Regarding my MUN experience, I joined my debate team, Peruvian Universities, in early 2015. Since then, I have participated in Harvard National Model United Nations Latin America (HNMUN-LA), Oxford International Model United Nations (OxiMUN) and Harvard National Model United Nations (HNMUN). Through my experience, I have learned that MUN is a great tool to explore our own aptitudes and skills, which is why I expect a high quality debate and encourage each delegate to use this opportunity to embrace every part of the experience that MUN has to offer.

Topic: Preservation of Cultural Heritage

In 1648 the Treaty of Westphalia was the first time a treaty ever mentioned the protection of cultural property. Four hundred years later, wars and climate change have taken a toll not only on humanity but in culture as well. Lack of preventive measures and the ruthlessness of extremist attacks have caused the destruction of historical monuments, book and works of art that can never be recovered nor replicated. For this reason, cooperation among nations and UNESCO is necessary to define certain procedures needed in addition to reinforcing and respecting the guidelines already established in previous conventions. UNESCO has the task of protecting, conserving and recovering cultural heritage that are at risk, because an attack towards culture cannot be responded with more violence, instead it has to be counterattacked with more culture and with more knowledge.