UNSC: The Conflict in Kivu


Background Guide Coming in Jan. 2020


Jessica Wang

Welcome to UCBMUN XXIV, and welcome to the United Nations Security Council! I’m honored to serve as your chair. This committee will delve into a vastly underreported crisis that has ravaged the Democratic of the Congo and shows few signs of stopping. John and I are excited to see what innovative solutions that delegates can come up with solve this intractable conflict. Born and raised in a suburb in Ohio, I became interested in international relations while living abroad in Beijing. At Berkeley, I’m a junior studying Economics and Rhetoric. I’ve participated in Model UN since my first semester here and now serve as the Head Delegate of General Assemblies and Specialized Bodies for UCBMUN. Thus, I travel extensively with our competitive team, and it’s been my home for the last three years. Last year, I served as chair of the Trial of Adnan committee, but this will be my first time chairing a crisis. When not doing MUN-related things, I conduct research at Berkeley Law and edit videos for Cal Athletics. In my free time, I enjoy exploring the Bay Area, listening to podcasts and watching Vox documentaries. See you soon!

Yours,
Jessica Wang
Head Chair, UNSC: The Conflict in Kivu



John McCloud

Hello delegates! I am beyond excited to welcome you to UCBMUN XXIV, and more importantly, to this year’s UNSC! You will tackle an incredibly pressing and complex topic, and I look forward to seeing what creative arcs you come up with solve this crisis - or maybe further it, that’s up to you! A far cry from international relations, I’m a Mechanical Engineering senior here at UC Berkeley, and a transfer student from College of the Canyons. I’ve been doing Model UN since the second semester of my sophomore year, and as soon as I stepped into my first Crisis committee, I fell in love. After spending the past year traveling with UCBMUN, and getting the chance to meet so many amazing people on this circuit, I now serve as the Head Delegate of Crisis Committees. Having only served as an Assistant Crisis Director in the past, ACDing The Assassination of JFK at COCMUN and The North Korean Board of Longevity at last year’s UCBMUN, I am ecstatic to fill the role of Crisis Director. When I’m not studying and stressing about school, I’m usually thinking about MUN, and in the miniscule amount of time I’m not doing that, I try to get at least a little bit of sleep. Welcome again to UCBMUN XXIV! I can’t wait to meet each and every one of you!

Yours,
John McCloud
Crisis Director, UNSC: The Conflict in Kivu