I warmly welcome you to the Special Political and Decolonization Committee at Hofstra Model United Nations Conference 2012! My name is Victoria Rametta, a sophomore at Hofstra University. It is my very distinct pleasure to serve as chair of this thought-provoking and rewarding committee.
I have always been all about politics. Since a very young age, my parents encouraged me to become an engaged and contributing citizen. I have strived for that in everything I do. Aside from my studies as a political science and global studies double major and keeping updated with current events, I work hard to stay active on campus. I am a senator in the Student Government Association and chair of the Academic Affairs Committee. I am also involved in our College Libertarians Club. In addition, I am secretary of Model United Nations at Hofstra . . . which entails preparing for the conferences we attend as a delegation as well as the conference we created for you.
This year our SPECPOL Committee will concentrate on two topics: 1) The colonization of the African continent more than a century ago created much of the instability that is still seen today. In order for this beautiful region to flourish, the United Nations needs to establish creative, tangible ways to remedy problems that date back to colonization. 2) Kashmir has been a disputed land, with more than five interests surrounding the area. The conflict over Kashmir has yet to be resolved to the satisfaction of all those who have a stake in the region’s future.
It will be your task to research and brainstorm for possible ways in which both issues can be resolved on a world platform, the United Nations. I look forward to debating these controversial topics and meeting my future committee delegates!