Committee Name: Asia Cooperation Dialogue
Undersecretary-General: Jose Villalobos Gonzalez
Deputy Undersecretary-General: Julie Antão
Chairs: Jinia Sarkar and Casey Wang
Topic A: Combatting Food Insecurity
Topic B: Development and Distribution of Vaccines
Access the Topic Abstract for this committee here.
A Letter from the Chairs
Welcome to the Asia Cooperation Dialogue Summit (ACD)! Established in 2002, the ACD is a relatively new and smaller committee consisting of 34 member states from both Asia and the Middle East. Currently exploring 20 areas of cooperation, especially in the realms of improving overall quality of life and sustainable development, the ACD is especially unique in that it was built to “strengthen the voice of Asia in the international arena”.
To succeed in this committee, delegates should familiarize themselves not only with their own country policies and past experiences within their own state, but also with the workings of other international organizations in Asia and the Middle East. This is critical as ACD is a regional cooperation organization based on bringing unity to the works of separate international entities. The top-down nature of ACD will test delegates on their ability to cooperate and engage in diplomacy effectively.
The Asia Cooperation Dialogue develops in two areas – international dialogue and regional projects. Two of the projects we will highlight are “Combatting Food Insecurity” and the “Development and Distribution of Vaccines.” These two issues affect all of the member states and each state has unique previous experiences that will assist in presenting political, economic, and social solutions to each issue. Both topics have also been explored in other international organs – again, reinforcing the mission of ACD as a means of unifying the works of multiple IGOs.
We expect a weekend filled with engaging debate, critical thinking, and creative cooperation as you devise innovative solutions to the topics in question. If you have any questions regarding the committee or the topics, please do not hesitate to reach out to either of us. We wish you the best of luck and we look forward to meeting you soon!
Jinia Sarkar and Casey Wang
Co-Chairs, Asia Cooperation Dialogue Summit