Economic and Social Council

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

Welcome to LiMUN 2017! My name is Carlos Vidal, and I’ll be serving as Director for the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. I am currently a Law student aspiring to develop my career around the tax sector, as advising domestic and international organizations in financial planning would be my ideal job. While younger I had the opportunity to travel and attend schools in France and the US. These experiences brought to my attention the immense cultural exchange possible in educational activities, such as MUN. Some of my favorite hobbies include swimming, reading novels and enjoying a vast range of national and international films. Regarding my MUN experience, I started participating in scholar level conferences during my senior year, including LiMUN 2015. Last year I joined the Peruvian Universities team and got the opportunity to participate at Harvard World Model United Nations 2017, where I earned a Diplomacy Award. To me MUN represents the perfect conjunction of profound research and dynamic debate; characteristics I’ll expect in committee, to achieve compact and holistic solutions for global problems.

Topic: Ethnic Cleansing

Ethnic cleansing, in its vague conception, is described by the UN as “rendering an area ethnically homogeneous by using force or intimidation to remove persons of given groups from the area”.  Once the process begins, ethnic minorities, which already face public backlash, are subjects to a major violation of their human rights, having access to virtually none. Forced deportation, property destruction, mass rape and mass killings by the military forces are some of the vast atrocities these people suffer. Such acts committed fall within the jurisdiction of the Genocide Convention; however, no actions are taken to protect these minorities, leaving them to vanish as desired by others.

In this committee, delegates will need to research profoundly to develop legal international mechanisms that protect minorities against abusive dominant groups; as well as social and economic solutions to end the abusive backlash faced in order to finally bring justice and peace to these communities.