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Out of the Shadows, Making Mental Health a Global Priority

For much of the 21st century, mental conditions have been advancing into the realm of public health on two fronts: Not only has the number of people suffering from conditions such as depression and anxiety risen from 400 to 600 million between the years of 1991 and 2013, but awareness and recognition for them have taken the same route.
To address the issue, the World Bank and WHO held a joint summit in April of 2016 with the goal of “engaging finance ministers, multilateral and bilateral organizations, the business community, technology innovators, and civil society on the urgent investments needed in mental health and psychosocial support, and the expected returns in terms of health, social and economic benefits.”
In our joint committee of World Bank and WHO following up on the summit, we want to discuss concrete solutions to help those in psychological distress due to global forced migration, changing economies, and sustained conflict, among others, while also tackling the largest contributor to years lived with disabilities and cause of close to a trillion USD in forgone economic output.


Your Chairs

ZiyueZhu Ziyue Zhu

Ziyue Zhu is an undergraduate student majoring in Economics and Management at the University of Bordeaux. Specializing in political decision during her final year in France, she is heading for London for a master program in international social policy this September. Ziyue started her MUN career in high school back in China. She attended several conferences as head delegate across the country and organized the MUN society of her own high school. She continued her participation of MUN conferences while studying in Europe. She likes MUN especially for getting to know new friends and exchanging ideas with them. ZuMUN will be her first international conference to chair at and she can’t wait to make it an unforgettable experience. As for hobbies, she is particularly interested in Chinese poetry and calligraphy. In her free time, she enjoys music, swimming and travelling, she also writes travel notes regularly to record her adventures.

ShashankSharma Shashank Sharma

My name is Shashank and I am very excited to be serving as the Chairperson of the World Health Organization and World Bank Committee at the prestigious Zurich Model United Nations Conference 2018. I am currently working at a global management-consulting firm in India. Last year, I graduated as a ‘Young India Fellow’, with a postgraduate degree in liberal arts, from Ashoka University, India.
I have had the honour of chairing various UN committees in India and across Europe. This is going to be my first time chairing in Switzerland and I look forward to having great discussions and deliberations on the agenda at hand. Model United Nation provides young adults the opportunity of analyzing world problems and seeking meaningful solutions. I am sure that at ZUMUN, you will keep your best arguments forward to discuss the agenda – ‘Out of the Shadows, Making Mental Health a Global Priority’.
Should you need any assistance with your preparation, feel free to drop an email to
I look forward to meeting you in Zurich!

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