[MUNUC 36] United Nations Conference on Trade and Development UNCTAD


  • Topic A: Economic Development of Indigenous Communities
  • Topic B: Healthcare Supply Chains

TOPIC A Economic Development of Indigenous Communities

TOPIC B Healthcare Supply Chains



  • Hannah Maidman (she/her)
Email Committee Chair

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) supports developing countries by helping them achieve the advantages and securities of the globalized economy in an equitable and productive manner. It strives to ensure that countries are equipped with strategies to deal with the potential drawbacks of greater economic integration by providing analysis, facilitating consensus-building, and offering technical assistance. In particular, this committee will address the economic development of indigenous communities and the healthcare supply chain on an international scale. To successfully achieve its aims, the UNCTAD relies on the cooperation and participation of member states as well as the support of other UN agencies.

Topic A: Economic Development of Indigenous Communities

The economic development of indigenous communities has long been a concern in the world due to the continuous injustice these communities have faced. For hundreds of years, indigenous communities have been forced to leave their lands and homes while facing oppression and discrimination. Consequently, indigenous communities have been unable to grow economically, becoming one of the most impoverished and poorest communities in the world. This issue regarding the well-being of indigenous people is not simply one for developing countries but also for developed countries. Indigenous people consistently fall behind the non-indigenous populations due to poorer education and higher unemployment rates. As delegates balance globalization with community identity and the interests of individual countries, they will discuss topics including sustainable economic initiatives, education, employment, healthcare, and more. The UNCTAD hopes delegates will engage their governments to assume greater responsibility for protecting indigenous communities, thus ensuring that economic needs are met for all.

Topic B: Healthcare Supply Chains

Healthcare supply chains are intricate networks of systems, components, and processes that work symbiotically to ensure medicine and other healthcare supplies are manufactured, distributed, and provided to patients. These supply chains face challenges on multiple stages, including globally, nationally, and regionally, such as overnight shipping, hidden costs, drug shortages, data shortages, and more. For many healthcare supply chains, tracking supplies from its production to its destination is not enough, as this can be a matter of life and death. Thus, healthcare optimization is needed to lower health costs, enhance revenues, and most importantly, provide higher quality care. As delegates work together to solve challenges occurring in healthcare supply chains, they will also be challenged to think critically about accessibility, sustainability, and responsibility in healthcare for both providers and patients and the effect it has on the well-being of nations.