CHAIR: KATE TOOLE
The Assembly of Heads of State and Government is the policy and decision making organ of the African Union. The AU is a continental body that assembles annually to promote growth and cooperation between the African states, modeled on the success of the European Union. Some of its accomplishments include resolving post-election violent conflicts in Kenya and the Ivory Coast, and coordinating with the international community to minimize conflict in the Sudan. However, it has much work to do in order to reach its main objectives, including eliminating the legacy of colonialism and coordinating internal cooperation for development. Delegates should look to protect their economies and citizens from the universal threats of disease, terrorism, and predatory foreign intervention through internal cooperation, as well as careful cooperation with external UN member states.
Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH)
topic abstract coming soon
approximate committee size: 70 (double delegation)
NAIMUN strives to provide every delegate with a well-rounded, educational, and enjoyable experience. The learning objectives for the African Union are as follows. Delegates will gain:
Awareness of the African Union’s role in promoting development and international security within the continent.
An understanding of active military operations in Africa involving conflicts in countries such Nigeria, Chad, Niger, Cameroon, Somalia, and more recently, West African states, against terrorist groups.
Nuanced reflection on international aid and intervention, and how it has promoted development while often simultaneously exploiting nations for political and/or economic gain.
About the Chair
Kate is a member of the Class of 2022 in the School of Nursing and Health Studies, majoring in Global Health and minoring in Science, Technology, and International Affairs. Originally from Syracuse, New York, she is still adjusting to life without snow. Prior to NAIMUN LVII, Kate has served as a Director for the Cabinet of Zimbabwe at NCSC XLVI, Undersecretary-General of Cabinets for NCSC XLVII, and as Crisis Manager for JCC Spain at NAIMUN LVI. Outside of Model UN, Kate enjoys planning Georgetown’s orientation programming as a Weeks of Welcome Coordinator, and helping organize No Lost Generation’s advocacy and volunteering work for refugees. Kate also loves exploring DC’s greatest study spots (shout out to the Portrait Gallery), when not getting lost on the metro. She is very excited to be serving as your Chair for the Africa Group at NAIMUN this year.