Committee Name: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Organ: Economic and Social Councils (ECOSOCs)
Undersecretary-General: Connie Chen
Deputy Undersecretary-General: Chase Wagers
Chair: Julian Lark
Topic A: Peaceful Use of Nuclear Power
Topic B: Fighting the Smuggling of Fissile Materials
Access the Topic Abstract for this committee here.
A Letter from the Chair
Welcome to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)! As members of the Agency’s 35-nation-strong Board of Governors for 2016-2017, you are tasked with the weighty responsibility of steering the world’s primary force for nuclear safety. In this respect, you will be handling some of the most complex and hot-button issues of our time: rogue nations, safe and sustainable economic development, and the ever-looming threat of unaccounted-for fissile materials. In all these cases, finding lasting and thorough solutions is critical.
In the cases of peaceful and open use of nuclear power, the IAEA can handle these issues directly through assets under the Agency’s control. Thoughtful resolutions will focus on the specific protocols for inspection and oversight, delegating little to outside authorities. Given the extensive precedent for such operations, specificity will be expected. In past years, the IAEA has often struggled to maintain the support of the nations within they operate – whether on account of the hosts’ ulterior motives or exceptional political status. Though such failures of the Agency are often independent of its operations, keeping an eye on this challenge and integrating it into solutions on oversight is important.
The Agency will also work towards fighting the smuggling of fissile material, a task that requires coordination with bodies of the United Nations. Outside of Model UN, the IAEA works closely with the UN Security Council on nearly all operations. Resolutions to the problem of smuggling will necessarily be flexible and work better if formulated in a framework style. However, black boxes in resolutions will be looked upon harshly – it is better for debate to work within the existing nature of outside bodies, than for the committee to handle clearly-defined UN bodies with a lazy hand. My hope is that delegates will bring outside experience to committee, particularly security and international law knowledge, in order to create exciting and thorough solutions to the long-simmering concern of fissile material proliferation.
All that said, committee always has a mind of its own – I am both aware of this and grateful for it. I look forward to stimulating debate, creative solutions, and solution-minded tone of discourse. As always, Hoya Saxa!
Chair, International Atomic Energy Agency