The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), under the overall authority of the General Assembly, coordinates the economic and social work of the United Nations and the UN family of organizations. As the central forum for discussing international economic and social issues and for formulating policy recommendations, the Council plays a key role in fostering international cooperation for development. It also consults with non-governmental organizations (NGOs), thereby maintaining a vital link between the United Nations and civil society. The Council has 54 members, elected by the General Assembly for three-year terms. It meets throughout the year and holds a major session in July, during which a high-level meeting of Ministers discusses major economic, social and humanitarian issues.
Topic A: Regulation and Taxation of the Sharing Economy
Airbnb, Uber and co. – sharing economy par excellence. There are thousands of rooms sitting empty, thousands of cars standing around. The sharing economy allows utilizing these unused resources. The rise of shared economy services raises questions: Will it improve productivity at the expense of social safety and wages? How should governments react, given the biggest resistance comes from established companies in the sectors shared economy services operate in? The success of these new business models is largely based on evading regulations and breaking the law – the playing field is not level when it comes to shift times, licensing, pricing, taxation, insurance and inspections. Will regulations for the sharing economy need to be put in place or should existing regulations be scrapped to benefit all?
Topic B: Social Protection in the Digital Age
How can we ensure human well-being in a world that is ready for robots to do most of the day-to-day work? Digitalization already affects many aspects of our lives and it is a trend that will continue in the future. Automation will change the labor market, posing new challenges to education systems. Non-standard employment, for example in the form of freelancing and work in the sharing economy or the so-called gig economy, is increasing substantially. How can appropriate wages and working conditions be ensured? Do the social security systems in place meet the requirements of the labor market of the future?
After finishing a degree in linguistics, I have now moved on to computer science at the University of Zurich. It’s been quite a change but I’m very curious and I like challenges so it couldn’t be better. My MUN history can be summarized in just a few words: I have been a board member for MUN Bern for 2 years, a board member of Junes (UNYA Switzerland) for 2 years as well, been part of organizing committees, chaired before and mentored aspiring public speakers. During the last year, I took a break from MUN but I’m excited to be back and to be a chair at ZuMUN 2017! I am already looking forward to meet of all of you and to be part of something amazing!