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United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific 


Welcome to the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), you may find further information regarding the introduction of the committee, topic, and your chairs below

𝐓𝐨𝐩𝐢𝐜 :

Alleviating the shortcomings of Migrant Labor Rights in the Asia and the Pacific Region

𝐀𝐠𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐚 𝐓𝐨𝐩𝐢𝐜𝐬 𝐓𝐨 𝐁𝐞 𝐃𝐢𝐬𝐜𝐮𝐬𝐬𝐞𝐝 :

  • Agenda 𝟏 | Forced Labor

  • Agenda 𝟐 | Human Trafficking

Committee Introduction 


The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) was established in 1947, with the dedication to promoting inclusive and sustainable development in the Asian Pacific region. Serving as one of the five regional commissions of the United Nations, ESCAP strives to support its member countries to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Specific focus areas of ESCAP include poverty reduction, inclusive growth, connectivity trade, climate change, disaster resilience, gender equality, and social development. In addition, the Commission also provides policy recommendations and technical assistance to member states. The assistance brought by ESCAP helps member countries formulate effective policy and programs that aligns with the Commission's goal.

ESCAP has its headquarters located in Bangkok. Along with 53 member countries and 9 associate members, the Commision plays a crucial role in encouraging regional collaboration and addressing transboundary challenges that require international cooperation.

ESCAP is dedicated to fostering sustainable development and regional collaboration with the aim of building an Asia-Pacific region that is inclusive, resilient, and prosperous, ensuring that no one is left behind in the pursuit of a brighter future.

Topic Introduction 


Globalization has brought mankind to new heights. Under a neoliberal world order, globalization has allowed us to turn everything into export and import. Everything has a price, and this does include people. The Asia and Pacific Region has the highest amount of people that have fallen victim to forced labor and human trafficking, sinister and morbid forms of organized crime. There are roughly 49.6 million human beings logged in the cogs of modern slavery and of that populace, 27.6 million are under the wing of forced labor. Millions are spread into commercial sexual exploitation, state-sanctioned forced labor, and private-sector labor exploitation.

Forced labor, a form of human trafficking, happens when people are made to work against their will through fraudulent, forceful, or coercive manners. Traffickers do not discriminate, anyone can be a potential victim of human trafficking. InterMUN challenges its delegates to prod into these macabre organized crimes to unearth the who’s, what’s, and why’s of the Asia and the Pacific Region’s strategies to eliminate such situations, unsheath the answers to the questions on why such incidences continue to run amok in the region, and what are the proponents, catalysts, and factors that continue to push the hands of human trafficking and forced labor forward.

Chair Introduction 

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Theophilus Silas is a 23-year-old graduate of the Faculty of Law, University of Ilorin. He specialized in the field of International Law and Human Rights, where he led his faculty at international human rights competitions. He is enthusiastic about the Model United Nations framework, as he views it as a source development for delegates who participate through a refinement of their research skills, lobbying and negotiation skills as well as a development of cross-cultural relationships. He is currently awaiting his professional certification at Law School. 

𝙋𝙖𝙨𝙩 𝙈𝙐𝙉 𝙚𝙭𝙥𝙚𝙧𝙞𝙚𝙣𝙘𝙚𝙨 :

  • Best Delegate SOCHUM, Lagos Model United Nations 2020

  • Outstanding Delegate YISMUN 2.0

  • Chair Champions Cup 2022

  • Chair JMUN 2022

  • Chair INTERMUN 2022

Alex Wang, the co-chair for the ESCAP committee at InterMUN 2023, is a rising junior at the University of Michigan’s Ford School of Public Policy. Alex’s transformative journey in Model United Nations (MUN) commenced four years ago. Initially a nervous and timid participant, Alex gradually gained confidence, becoming more outgoing and expressive throughout the conferences he’s attended. Recognizing the significant impact of MUN on personal growth, Alex aspires to provide all InterMUN 2023 participants with an equally enriching experience. While acknowledging that MUN may not directly change the world, Alex firmly believes in its potential to cultivate influential individuals within the international community. Outside of MUN, Alex has a keen interest in cooking, singing, and traveling, and warmly welcomes conversations with like-minded individuals. He also serves as the President of the Taiwanese Student Association at his school, dedicating himself to promoting the interests and welfare of Taiwanese students on campus. With the ESCAP committee focused on the topic of improving migrant workers' rights, Alex encourages swift registration for those passionate about addressing this pressing issue. As InterMUN 2023 draws near, Alex eagerly awaits the opportunity to meet and engage with all participants in August.

𝙋𝙖𝙨𝙩 𝙈𝙐𝙉 𝙚𝙭𝙥𝙚𝙧𝙞𝙚𝙣𝙘𝙚𝙨 :

  • 2019/TransMUN/SOCHUM/USA/BD

  • 2020/TCMUN/UNDP/Kosovo/OD

  • 2021/WegoMUN/ECOSOC/Chair

  • 2022/TCGSMUN/ECOSOC/Chair

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Aven Mendoza is the current co-chair of the ESCAP Committee for this year’s INTERMUN. Prior to co-chairing for the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), Aven Mendoza participated in Harvard WorldMUN 2023 under the Legal Committee as the Delegate of Chile, representing his home country the Philippines, and his university, De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde. A week prior to Harvard WorldMUN 2023, he also chaired the United Nations Security Council for the Philippines’ premiere Model UN, Benilde Model United Nations (BMUN) on its 24th run. A year prior to this, Aven Mendoza was the delegate of Venezuela for the UN committee United Nations Industrial Development Organization. It was during this conference that he was awarded the Dag Hammarskjöld Award, the Carlos P. Romulo Award, Verbal Commendation Award, and the Most Outstanding Delegate Award, effectively garnering the title of the most awarded delegate in the history of BMUN. With a bachelor's degree majoring in Consular and Diplomatic Affairs and a deep passion for migration studies and international relations, he hopes for this year's conference to challenge its delegates to prod into the macabre world of forced labor and human trafficking to unearth the who’s, what’s, and why’s of Asia and the Pacific Region’s lucrative organized crime issue to eventually unite to create solutions and strategies to promote Migrant Labor Rights.

𝙋𝙖𝙨𝙩 𝙈𝙐𝙉 𝙚𝙭𝙥𝙚𝙧𝙞𝙚𝙣𝙘𝙚𝙨 :

  • 2023 Harvard WorldMUN - Legal Committee- Delegate of Chile

  • 2023- 24th Benilde Model UN - United Nations Security Council - Chair

  • 2022- 23rd Benilde Model UN - United Nations Industrial Development Organization - Delegate of Venezuela - Carlos P. Romulo Award, Most Outstanding Delegate for the 23rd Benilde Model United Nations, Verbal Commendation Award, and Dag Hammarskjöld Award

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Jackson Wu is a rising senior at Brandeis University with double majors in International and Global Studies and Anthropology. His research and studies mainly focus on international migrant rights, specifically on policies on and cultures of Southeast Asian migrant workers in Taiwan. Jackson has plentiful experiences volunteering and advocating for migrant rights. Before graduating from high school, he founded Open Box, a non-profit organization, in hope of raising awareness of migrant workers’ challenges in Taiwan. He joined The Right to Immigration Institute in Waltham, Massachusetts, to provide legal assistance to refugees and asylum speakers in the Greater Boston area. In 2022, he did his internship with Serve the People Association in Taoyuan, Taiwan, as a Coordinator of the Department of Policy on Migrant Workers, where he participated in meetings with Taiwanese and foreign officials and advocated for better labor conditions in Taiwan for migrant workers. Jackson is an enthusiastic and disciplined advocate and researcher for migrant labor rights. And he will be serving as a co-Chair in the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific in your InterMUN 2023.

𝙋𝙖𝙨𝙩 𝙈𝙐𝙉 𝙚𝙭𝙥𝙚𝙧𝙞𝙚𝙣𝙘𝙚𝙨 :

  • 2019 / HSNUMUN / UNGA-Plenary / Co-Chair

  • 2019 / TCGSMUN / UNHRC / Delegate / Honorable Mention

  • 2022 / HNMUN / ESCAP / Delegate

  • 2022 / NCSC / Cabinet of Chiang Kai-Shek / Delegate

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