Committee Information

Committee Name: Islamic Scientific, Economic, and Cultural Organizaion (ISESCO)
Organ: Regionals
Undersecretary-General: Jose Villalobos Gonzalez
Deputy Undersecretary-General: Julie Antão
Chairs: Laura Pedersen and Helen Lunsmann
Topic A: Technology-Based Education System Reform
Topic B: Water Scarcity and Resource Management

Access the Topic Abstract for this committee here.

A Letter from the Chairs

Greetings, delegates!

Welcome to the annual session of the Islamic Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization! The Organization contains fifty-six of the OIC’s fifty-seven member states, and discusses humanities and sciences as they pertain to the Islamic world. This year, we are tasked with finding innovative and effective measures to improve the quality of education in our constituent states. ISESCO will approach developing education as both a security and economic concern. Technological developments continue to change the shape of the economy, and likewise, increased globalization has intensified competition. Therefore, it is necessary to develop reform educational systems to ensure that the population of our constituent states are fully prepared for this competitive market. Especially important is strengthening youth unemployment to help mitigate economic frustration and address contemporary international issues. Failing to achieve so could lead to significant security problems for the entire Islamic world. Another pressing issue that must be resolved is water scarcity, a key component of ISESCO’s project concerning sustainable natural resource management. Given that climate change can precipitate conflict and violence, as well as widespread suffering, ISESCO will approach environmental protection as a security issue. The heavily Islamic regions of the Middle East and North Africa remain the most water- scarce areas due to both its natural aridness and institutional resource mismanagement. Instances of desertification and drought result in frequent dependence on resources from other non-member states, potentially mitigating the national security of ISESCO’s members. This issue threatens the economic and social development of Muslims globally, and a comprehensive solution with multilateral support is necessary to secure Islamic regions across the world. Since the founding principles of ISESCO include cooperation and compromise, member states will be expected to consider resolutions that benefit not only their respective nation, but also the overall interests of the organization. We’re looking forward to hearing your thoughts on these critical issues. If you have any questions or concerns before the conference, please feel free to contact us.

Hoya Saxa!


Laura Pedersen and Helen Lunsmann

Co-Chairs, Islamic Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization

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About the Co-Chairs

Laura Pedersen is a junior in the School of Foreign Service, majoring in International Economics with a certificate in Arab Studies and a minor in Arabic. Originally from Denmark, she moved to Bahrain in 2008. At Georgetown, Laura is involved with the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs (GJIA) and works in the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies (CCAS). She will be spending the summer in Amman, Jordan, pretending to speak Arabic while probably fooling no one. In her free time, Laura enjoys face timing her dog and going for runs around D.C.


Helen Lunsmann is a sophomore in the School of Foreign Service, studying International Politics and concentrating in International Security with a certificate in Islam and Muslim/Christian Understanding. She hails from the small rural town of Harvard, Massachusetts. On campus, Helen is a trustee of the 1634 Society and volunteers with Project Sunshine. This summer, she will be doing in internship in Brussels, and is looking forward to exploring Europe, probably getting lost, and improving her French. More importantly, she’ll be spending three glorious days in the great state of Delaware attending Firefly. In her free time, Helen binge-watches a wide range of television shows and enjoys blowing up group chats.

Learning Goals

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

  • Foresight regarding the need to preserve valuable natural resources, and a sense of urgency as they explore the increasing issues of water scarcity in the Middle East and other regions.
  • Exposure to supranational organs created not around physical proximity but a shared sociocultural identity or political structures. This organ is likely to be bound to different constraints and challenges in comparison to other regional partnerships.
  • A better understanding of large, international efforts to promote education and increase academic involvement in different societies. Delegates will be faced with the challenge of dealing with social, political and economic factors that hinder educational development–Islam sets certain standards and restrictions on educational practices, and they will be other important challenges to making education better and more accessible in these countries.