Coalition for Organ-Failure Solutions: Organ Trafficking
While the chilling urban legend of an unsuspecting touist waking up in a bathtub of ice to find one or both of their kidneys missing is just that, a legend, the truth is just as horrifying. It is estimated that up to 42% of organ transplants performed involve organs that have been illicitly purchased. This black market selling of organs includes a dark narrative of criminal networks that kidnap children from their homes to murder them and sell their organs, which are then used in often medically unsound transplants. The Coalition for Organ-Failure Solutions is an international non-profit that seeks to combat organ trafficking and improve the rates of legal and safe transplants. But with 114,000 people in the US alone waiting on a transplant and only 0.3% of deaths allowing for organ donation, how will we reduce the incidence of trafficking while still ensuring patients get the lifesaving treatments they need?
European Union 2025: Post-Brexit
The year is 2025 and after a series of tedious negotiations, the United Kingdom has left the European Union. Having been a former world power and part of the union since 1973, there is no doubt the UK's secession has had and will continue to have widespread impacts. With so many moving pieces, from trade agreements to military alliances, how will the European Union come to terms with and adapt to this brave new world?
Arab League: Pirates of the Somali Coast
Parrots, treasure chests, and eye patches. These images conjure up notions of pirates most believe to be things of the past or even just fiction. And while pirates may not match the cliché depictions of literature, they are still very much in existence. Somolian pirates operate in a relatively small region, but the impacts of their crimes disrupt trade on a global level. It is up to Somalia and the rest of the Arab League to combat these pirates and prevent any further damage to economies and as human life.
International Atomic Energy Agency
The International Atomic Energy Agency is an international organization that works towards the safe and peaceful use of nuclear energy. It was established in 1957 and reports to the United Nations General Assembly and Security Council. The agency tackles complex issues surrounding the still controversial use of nuclear energy from disposal of nuclear waste to nuclear weapons proliferation. With nine countries in the world possessing a total of 13,850 nuclear weapons and the memory of the Fukishima Daiichi disaster in Japan still fresh in the world's mind, how will the IAEA steer the world towards safe and efficient use of nuclear energy?
United Nations World Tourism Organization: Himalayan Tourism
In 1997, American author and mountaineer Jon Krakauer's book, Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Diseaster drew worldwide attention to the dangers of expeditions into mountains as formidable as the Himalayas. While many were soon made aware of the damage mountain climbers risk to their health and safety on these expeditions, few knew the amount of damage these expeditions could have on local environments and cultures. The UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is an agency that seeks to promote responsible, sustainable, and accessible tourism. With tourism in the Himalayas being such a double edged sword, how will the UNWTO balance its potential economic benefits with respect and care for the environment and cultures impacted?
International Bank for Reconstruction and Development
The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) is an international financial institution that is part of the World Bank that primarily lends to developing countries. With increasing globalization and technology advancing as fast as it is, developing countries are seeking, now more than ever, opportunities to grow and take advantage of all the benefits the contemporary world has to offer. It is up to the IBRD to help these countries fund their forays into improving infrastructure, education, sustainability, and more in a financially safe and stable manner, but is it up to the challenge?
Alzheimer’s Disease International
Nearly 44 million people in the world have Alzheimer's Disease or a related form of dementia. This mysterious disease has devastating impacts on patients and their families. Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI) is an international federation of Alzheimer's associations that works with the World Health Organization to combat the disease. Research is done every day on it but without international collaboration, our current efforts won't be enough. It is up to the ADI to help coordinate global efforts to tackle the many facets of Alzheimer's from research to patient rights to raising global awareness.
United Nations Children’s Fund
The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) was originally created in 1946 to offer help to children affected by World War II. While the war is long over, children still suffer around the globe from malnutrition, poor healthcare, violence, and other horrors. Children are an oft-forgotten demographic but are certainly among the most vulnerable. In today's messy geopolitical climate, will UNICEF rise to the responsibility of providing aid and care to our future?