Committee Information

Committee Name: Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)
Organ: Regionals
Undersecretary-General: Jose Villalobos Gonzalez
Deputy Undersecretary-General: Julie Antão
Chairs: Ben Goodman and Bianca Lambert
Topic A: Oil Boom and Deforestation
Topic B: Crisis in Venezuela

The Topic Abstract for this committee can be accessed here.

The Background Guide for this committee can be accessed here.

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

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About the Co-Chairs

Ben Goodman is a sophomore in Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, majoring in International Political Economy (IPEC). He hails from the humble borough of North Caldwell, New Jersey, and he will defend the Garden State from its misinformed critics until his death. #JerseyStrong. Apart from his academic interests of international relations and economics, Ben’s passions include watching sports, playing sports, talking sports, hanging with friends, watching movies, and watching sports. Ben had the time of his life staffing NAIMUN LIV last year and can’t wait to deliver all ECLAC delegates an unforgettable experience.


Bianca Lambert is a member of the Georgetown University Class of 2020, majoring in Science, Technology, and International Affairs (STIA) with a concentration in Security in the School of Foreign Service. Bianca is Brazilian-American and grew up in Los Angeles, California which she will proudly defend as the best state in the US. Bianca travels with the Georgetown Model UN team, and has enjoyed staffing both NAIMUN last year in the FBI committee, and Georgetown’s sister conference, NCSC. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring DC with her friends, and searching for where she can find more coffee. Lastly, Bianca loves all things South America so she is so excited to co-chair ECLAC this year!

Learning Goals

NAIMUN strives to provide the most well-rounded educational and enjoyable experience to delegates. The learning goals for ECLAC are as follows. Delegates will gain:

  • Exposure to the mechanics of international cooperation in regards to economic development and business collaboration, in a region where this still remain a novelty and allows for a lot of flexibility on future cooperation and strategies, which delegates can brainstorm freely.
  • Consciousness regarding the environmental perils of our time, and the balancing act between economic development and ecologically-friendly strategies and structures.
  • Insight into the potential use of economic tools as a way of uplifting countries in a state of instability of poverty, and how these can be better utilized to promote international cooperation and improve development and quality of life.