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The World Health Organization (WHO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations that is responsible for protecting global public health. Its 194 Member States are often tasked with investigating and responding to outbreaks and emergencies. Some topics that could be discussed by the WHO include communicable diseases, sexual and reproductive health, ageing, nutrition, and substance abuse. The WHO will be made up of delegates with an interest in both Model United Nations procedure and global health-related issues, and will allow them to debate at a high level the most effective ways of responding to such issues.

Position Papers are due March 1st. See our Guidelines here.



1. Strategies for Health Emergencies in Conflict Areas
2. Mental Health Resources in Vulnerable States


Director: Lilia Brahimi

Lilia is in her second-year at McGill University, where she studies International Development Studies and Molecular Biology. She is currently involved in the International Development Studies Students Association as well as the Science Undergraduate Society, as Equity Commissionner. After completion of her bachelor degree, she hopes to pursue a Masters degree in Public Health and Epidemiology, two of her main areas of personal and academic interest. Her Model UN career debuted three years ago, and since then she has had the opportunity to be both a delegate and a chair at different conferences, a few of them pertaining to health-related issues. Returning to CANIMUN for a second year, she hopes to deepen her knowledge about the World Health Organization structure and history, and to learn about various global health issues. As a strong believer in international cooperation both in the health policy and scientific fields, she is very excited to be part of this experience and share her passion with her fellow participants.

Chair: Priyanka Goel

Priyanka Goel will be Chairing the World Health Organization for CANIMUN 2018. She is currently in her 4th year of her Bachelor of Science at the University of Ottawa and intends to pursue an MD in the future. She is incredibly passionate about improving international health care accessibility, especially among marginalized populations. Once she joined the University of Ottawa, she became President of their Model World Health Organization. After participating in MUN and MWHO conferences internationally, she decided to take part in chairing committees. These past experiences include serving as the Chair of the UN Environment Programme with CANIMUN in 2017.