Committee Name: Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)
Undersecretary-General: Jose Villalobos Gonzalez
Deputy Undersecretary-General: Julie Antão
Chairs: Ben Goodman and Bianca Lambert
Topic A: Crisis in Venezuela and Actions for Economic Repair
Topic B: NAFTA Renegotiations and US Unilateral Suspension
A Letter from the Chair
Greetings, Delegates! Bienvenidos!
Welcome to the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). As a regional commission of the UN that reports to the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), your goal is to better economic development in Latin America and the Caribbean. Currently, one of the biggest impediments to this goal is the economic crisis in Venezuela. Since 2013, Venezuela’s GDP has plummeted while inflation has skyrocketed, and people now face shortages of the most basic goods leading to death and misery. Venezuela needs your help, and this committee will be tasked with addressing the economic misery currently inflicted on the Venezuelan people.
Throughout committee, we expect solid research into not only Venezuela, but also into how this conflict relates to the surrounding region—do not forget that ECLAC is concerned with the economic well-being of the entire Latin American and Caribbean region. We expect a dynamic weekend of vibrant debate, collaborative effort, and creative solutions.
We look forward to meeting you this February and diving into what is sure to be an intense but rewarding committee—and fun too, of course! If you have any questions about the committee or Model UN in general, we urge you to reach out to either or both of us as you prepare.
Ben Goodman and Bianca Lambert
Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean Co-Chairs