Committee Name: Islamic Scientific, Economic, and Cultural Organizaion (ISESCO)
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
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.
Laura Pedersen and Helen Lunsmann
Co-Chairs, Islamic Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization