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Discussing drug cartels in South and Central America, a nexus of criminal activity and government laxness


South and Central America have long been plagued by the presence of powerful drug cartels, which have not only caused significant disruptions within the region but have also had far-reaching global consequences. These drug cartels operate with relative impunity, exploiting the weaknesses and laxness of government institutions in many countries across the region. As a result, South and Central America have become the epicenter of a complex web of criminal activities, including drug trafficking, illegal migration, and the transportation of narcotics. 

We urge delegates to research carefully to understand the complexity of this topic, from multiple angles such as social, economical and political. It is also imperative to understand the international and regional implications of this issue, alongside the impacts, both positive and negative, brought about by drug cartels.



Aarinie Pradhan


Zara Sheth
Assistant Director  


Dear Delegates,


Welcome! For the first time, I have the pleasure of introducing to you a new enthralling committee, UNODC, better known as the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime. As the name of this committee suggests, as a delegate you will be expected to research all things illegal, notorious and contentious. 


My name, Aarinie, means adventurous in the ancient Sanskrit language, and I urge you all to be just as adventurous, bold and creative as delegates of this fine committee. I expect my delegates to have interesting debates and motions, entertaining gestures and to be well-read, and informed in this committee. I advise delegates to be well prepared and carefully read this study guide, no matter how boring it may seem. I hope to hear confident and proactive speeches. The beauty of BDMUN, and specifically this committee, is that it doesn’t matter who you are outside of this conference, what matters is the sure-footed, diplomatic and outgoing delegate that you will be.


Aside from my passion for drugs, crime and MUN, I love to dance, paint and laze around with my three equally lazy dogs. I have been an Odissi dancer since I was 8 and enjoy all sorts of forms of performance. I have a deep love for biology and hope to be a doctor in the near future. I also consider myself a semi-professional hairdresser, due to the many colour changes I have put my hair through over the past year (it is on colour number 7, now). 


After attending many MUN conferences, I now have the privilege and pleasure of directing this committee with my partner in drugs and crime, Zara Sheth. Lastly, please feel free to reach out for any questions and concerns. 


I look forward to the exciting three days to come. Good luck! 


Aarinie Pradhan

Director of UNODC

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