In 2005, 66,000 kidney transplants, 2100 liver transplants and 6000 heart transplants were performed globally. Demand for organ transplants is high as it is one of the few effective therapies for end-stage organ failure.
However, due to low organ donation rates, there is a global shortage of organs available to meet the increasing demand for organ transplants. The high demand of organs in developed countries due to poor diet, longer life expectancy, obesity, and other diseases have resulted in the rise of illegal organ trade and transplant tourism, in less developed countries.
With poverty being a leading factor in the rise of illegal organ trade, people of lower socio-economic status are more vulnerable to being victims of the illegal organ trade industry. Despite a gradual surge in awareness about illegal organ trade amongst communities, there is still limited understanding of the issue globally due to the lack of effort invested in spreading public awareness. As such, international organ trade has become a prevalent health policy issue with little efforts made by the relevant authorities to combat the problem.
Over the past few decades, discrimination towards the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) community in the form of legal, physical and verbal abuse has been rampant. Many have struggled with unequal treatments and violations of their human rights in the form of discriminatory laws that restricts freedoms of speech and expression.
The lack of acceptance and discriminatory attitudes towards the LGBT community is often due to conservative cultures that exist within many countries and religious beliefs. Till date, 75 out of 195 countries still criminalise homosexual activities and deny members of the LGBT community the opportunity of starting a family or adopting a child. Without the recognition of rights of the LGBT community, they are subjected to more hate crimes and social exclusion.
Shuen Ling is a confused Science student who is unsure if she loves the sciences or humanities more. Having started her MUN journey recently, Shuen Ling claims that she was intrigued by the happenings of RVMUN’18 and often peeked into the lecture theatres and seminar rooms at the delegates while on her way to CCA.
Shuen Ling’s interests included obsessing over medical dramas — Grey’s Anatomy being her favourite — and she unfortunately does not understand Kpop or (seemingly everyone’s) obsession with Kdramas. She will just smile and agree with everyone at the table when a passionate discussion is ongoing. Shuen Ling is really honoured to chair RVMUN’19 and she hopes that all delegates will step out of their comfort zones and have fun discussing the two topics.
Sharlene is a JC1 student and after seeing how RVMUN’18 was like, she became interested in Model United Nations. This would be Sharlene’s first chairing experience and she is very honoured and excited to be given this opportunity. Outside of MUN, Sharlene loves watching K-dramas; however, she does not relate to everyone's obsessions over K-pop.
Sharlene looks forward to meeting everyone and hopes that all delegates will have an enjoyable and fulfilling MUN experience at RVMUN’19.
Wenqi is the living embodiment of a potato who once thought to herself, “MUN? RVMUN sounds like fun.” Thus she wandered into the world of MUN. Aside from avid procrastination, Wenqi has a deep interest in intellectual discussions about the world around her, especially the two topics that would be discussed in council.
Wenqi acknowledges that MUN is an intellectually rigorous platform, and hopes that the delegates embrace this challenge, rise to the occasion and leave this conference after learning something new about the world.
She looks forward to chairing RVMUN’19 and the lively discourse from delegates.