ORGANIZATION OF AMERICAN STATES
Welcome to Harvard Model Congress Latin America 2016! My name is Jason Mills, and I am excited to serve as the chair of the Organization of American States (OAS). You are now policymakers with the potential to shape the direction of democracy, development and economic sustainability in North and South America.
During the conference, our committee is tasked with solving important problems caused by drug trafficking. We aim to draft multinational agreements that will appease most stakeholders, create sustainable long term goals for public health, and stop drug-related violence. The illicit drug trade is estimated to be worth upward of $320 billion dollars globally; drugs have led to violent wars, widespread corruption, and economic disruption. Occupying a little less than 50% of the total share of global drug revenue, American countries have a big task in trying to reduce the allure of organized drug trade. It is up to the Organization of American States to create impactful solutions.
Likewise, the OAS will have to determine the environmental policies it will institute to regulate corporations that may sacrifice long-term health and sustainability for short-term revenue. The growth of industry in North and South American countries has signified better economic returns, but it has also come at the cost of the environment. Going forward, we will discuss how to balance economic incentives and public goods.
This conference offers you firsthand experience in the workings of lawmaking—you witness a piece of legislation stem from an idea to a committee-negotiated resolution. As your senior staffer, I hope to offer you a transformative experience in which you will hone your negotiating, speaking, and argumentative skills. Most importantly, I hope you learn more about these important world issues and engage your minds in a way that will make you better global citizens.
At this time, I would like to tell you a little bit more about myself:
I am a rising senior in Winthrop House. A native of Queens, New York, I study Social Studies with a focus on economic and educational inequalities in the United States. In addition to Harvard Model Congress, I am involved in the Black Student’s Association and the Institute of Politics. I also advise freshmen as a Peer Advising Fellow. I love politics and hope to pursue a career in law and business. My hobbies include watching tennis, travelling, salsa dancing, and singing.
I cannot wait to experience your brilliance. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the conference, briefings, or the best tourist destinations and restaurants in New York City. I am extremely excited to be working with all of you!