UNITED NATIONS STABILIZATION MISSION IN HAITI
CRISIS MANAGER: CHARLOTTE PHILLIPS
CHAIR: HELLEN KUANG
APPROXIMATE COMMITTEE SIZE: 22
The year is 2010 and Haiti is still recovering from a devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake -- the largest natural disaster that the country has ever seen. Approximately 250,000 individuals died, 300,000 people were injured, and 1.5 million civilians were internally displaced. The earthquake severely damaged vital infrastructure including schools, hospitals, housing, and businesses. The United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) is tasked with managing the international humanitarian response in coordination with local actors. However, eight months after the earthquake hit, the UN-led rebuilding efforts have been strongly criticized as slow, ineffective, and inadequate. MINUSTAH efforts must be quickly reformed in order to regain the trust of the Haitian people and successfully rebuild the country.
Rebuilding Haiti’s Infrastructure Including Schools and Businesses
Coordinating Humanitarian Aid Delivery with Local & International Actors
Manage Conditions in Camps for Internally Displaced Individuals
BACKGROUND GUIDE COMING SOON
NAIMUN strives to provide every delegate with a well-rounded, educational, and enjoyable experience. The learning objectives for the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti are as follows. Delegates will:
Understand how sudden-onset disasters such as earthquake exacerbate existing structural inequalities and disproportionately affect disadvantaged and vulnerable communities including women and the poor
Participate in creating a comprehensive development response plan that engages local stakeholders and addresses issues of internally displaced populations, health, and infrastructure
Critically consider the role of international institutions, foreign humanitarian assistance and outside actors in disaster relief for third-world countries such as Haiti
About the Chair
Hellen Kuang is a member of the Class of 2022 in the College, majoring in Economics and Government. Hailing from Washington, DC, Hellen enjoys showing her friends around the city and finding cute coffee shops. Hellen was a debater for four years in high school and now enjoys traveling with Georgetown’s Model UN Team and staffing Georgetown’s two conferences, NAIMUN and NCSC. Outside of Model UN, Hellen volunteers as a tutor DC Reads, teaching young students literacy skills. She is so excited to meet everyone!
About the crisis manager
Charlotte Phillips studies history and government, with a minor in Spanish in the College. Originally from New York, Charlotte spends too much time telling people D.C. “isn’t a real city.” Charlotte has staffed NAIMUN three times before (twice serving on its senior staff), and has staffed NCSC, NAIMUN’s sister conference for college students, three times. Currently, she serves as the Chief Operations Officer for GIRA, the organization that sponsors NAIMUN. In addition to staffing conferences, Charlotte is a trip leader with Georgetown’s Outdoor Education program. She can’t wait to serve as CM for the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti!