By YENA SEO, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL (interview)
The NGO Organizations Program is a committee at the Harvard National Model United Nations (HNMUN) conference that strives to cooperate with other committees and bodies in addressing global issues and crises. The Wall Street Journal sat down with one of these non-governmental organizations, Amnesty International, to discuss its influence.
Q: What is your organization?
A: Amnesty International is “a global movement of more than 7 million people in over 150 countries and territories to end human rights abuses.”
Q: What committees have you worked with so far, and which ones are you aiming to collaborate with in the future?
A: Amnesty International has worked with the Commission on the Status of Women and SPECPOL. We hope to work with the Historical General Assembly.
Q: What are your responsibilities in committees?
A: We’re hoping to collaborate with other countries and blocs on working papers, influence ideas, and try to initiate mergers between similar papers to create a more comprehensive resolution.
Q: What has the reception been like?
A: Generally, all countries at this conference have been generally receptive of NGOs in general, not just myself. Many nations also want to work with Amnesty International and incorporate our work and programs into their resolutions.
Q: What are you hoping to accomplish by the end of committee sessions?
A: My goals are to initiate mergers and to become a signatory on as many papers as possible. Amnesty International has a wide range of goals that any bloc can easily address, and I’m willing to endorse any resolution that at least attempts to tackle those goals.
Q: In 2017, is Amnesty International’s work still relevant and in demand?
A: Our work is still relevant. Amnesty International is still working diligently on the ground for refugees and ending discrimination. Amnesty International also continues to be an advocate for prisoners who are having their basic human rights taken away. It is relevant today as it has ever been.