TOPIC A Improving Energy Production and Access
TOPIC B Restricting the Financing of Terrorism and Money Laundering
DELEGATION SIZE Double
- Abigail Jackman
- Alexander Vinarov
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is a body comprised of 15 West African countries brought together to advance common interests. The purpose of ECOWAS is to promote regional economic integration, while providing stability and unity across West Africa. By bringing together over 349 million people from diverse backgrounds and cultures, ECOWAS has the potential to bring about positive impacts and be a role-model for regional bodies across the world.
This committee is regional body that mainly contains traditional Model UN elements. However, there will be one session with crisis elements. Crisis experience is not required nor would it incur any special advantage. Please read the background guide carefully for the special rules and procedures of this committee.
Topic A: Improving Energy Production and Access
Improving energy production and access is vital to continued progress in West Africa. Currently, energy access in the region is limited, and production is heavily reliant on inefficient methods. And as populations increase, energy demand will only rise. Delegates in the committee will have to address these problems in diverse ways, by creating comprehensive solutions that develop more reliable and efficient sources of energy that can be accessed by larger portions of the population.
Topic B: Restricting the Financing of Terrorism and Money Laundering
Terrorism financing and money laundering are issues that the region must address urgently. As terrorist groups continue to spread across West Africa, they wreak havoc and spread fear with increasing frequency and audacity of their attacks. Underlying all these activities are the financial resources that enable these groups. By targeting finances and acquisition methods of financial resources, terrorist groups can be dealt a significant blow. In the committee, delegates will need to address a multifaceted problem that has plagued governments around the world, and craft solutions that need to be applicable to the different socioeconomic environments of all member countries.