My name is Shane and I will be your director for DISEC at RUMUN this year. I am a sophomore in the Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences Honors Program double majoring in computer science and mathematics while minoring in Russian linguistics. I have to admit I’m a bit jealous of all of you as my high school did not have Model UN. However, I’ve discovered IDIA at Rutgers and have never looked back and it has been an extremely rewarding experience so far! Aside from IDIA, I also participate in the Rutgers Model UN team, serving on the executive board.
In regards to our topic about energy security, a lack of universal energy security gives way to energy poverty that causes human suffering. The problem is inherently tied into geopolitics and political instability. Delegates will need to develop solutions to improve energy security, thus ending the vicious cycle of energy poverty and political instability and work towards a world with more accessible energy to all.
Our other topic touches upon small arms proliferation in Uganda. The illicit trade of small arms and light weapons fuels violent conflict and intensifies regional instability. This problem is particularly acute in Uganda and neighboring areas. With one of the fastest projected population growth in the world, Uganda is now faced with a serious problem. If small arms proliferation cannot be curtailed, the country will experience even more conflict in the future as a larger population is armed. Delegates must cooperate and work toward stifling the illegal spread of these weapons in order to secure stability in Uganda and the entire region.
Good luck with your research and I will see you in November!