Economic and Social Council
Esteemed delegates and honourable advisors,
My name is Samuel Oh, a junior at Gyeonggi Suwon International School, and I am honoured to serve as the President of the Economic and Social Council for the first iteration of GSISMUN.
You all have probably once seen the advertisement of a poor boy fighting malnutrition by an NGO or perhaps UNICEF. That boy, however, may be the lucky few who do receive the support that all of those in poverty urgently need.
Poverty has been an issue that humanity has embattled since the beginning of time. The search for better living conditions has driven humanity to innovation again and again yet there are many out there who still remain in extreme poverty. According to the World Bank, the number of those in extreme poverty is still around 736 million and a significant portion comes from third world countries. Though that number has significantly reduced over time, many struggle to survive each day.
Nevertheless, we cannot simply embattle an unsustainable army against the issue of food security. It is necessary hence to develop a long-term plan to satisfy the changing population dynamics and the environmental impact of the methods used. Outdated and harmful technology may, in the short term, provide for the populous; however, such will cause an environmental catastrophe that the government cannot hope to reverse.
The committee will hence focus on the question of sustainable agriculture and the appropriate methods to address the issue.
I look forward to a fruitful debate amongst all delegates and hope that this committee will move forward to find a resolution to this devastating issue.
President of the Economic and Social Council
Gyeonggi Suwon International School ’21