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Welcome to INTERPOL!
The world’s largest international police organization with 192 member countries, INTERPOL was established as the International Criminal Police Commission (ICPC) in 1923 and adopted its current name in 1956. Its role is to provide a platform for police agencies to work together to ensure stability and provide assistance in times of need. INTERPOL aims at facilitating international police cooperation even when diplomatic relations are absent between particular countries. The global police communications channels and internationally recognized alert systems provided by INTERPOL allow police around the world to share data instantly and securely. Delegates will have to debate on how to assist all national and international law enforcement bodies in tackling the topics at hand. We would like you to work as real criminal intelligence officers, capable of identifying and fighting the problem on a global scale while keeping in mind that you must unite and cooperate to work towards putting an end to transnational illicit activities.
Topic A: Combating Pharmaceutical Crimes and Counterfeit Medicine
When did a trip to the pharmacy become a game of Russian roulette?
The chances of losing the game and ending up with a counterfeit medicine are large. For someone with the technical knowledge and a devious mind, manufacturing a counterfeit pill requires nothing more than a piece of chalk and the right tools. With the labelling and packaging often imitated to perfection, it’s almost impossible to tell with the naked eye that it’s a replica.
The global counterfeit drug trade, a thriving billion-dollar industry, is flooding the markets with fake and doctored drugs. The increasing prevalence of counterfeit and illicit medication has been compounded by the rise of Internet trade, providing an easy, cheap, and prescription-free alternative for patients. These pharmaceutical crimes are jeopardizing patients’ lives because they unknowingly placed their trust in an industry tainted by corruption. In order to identify, investigate and prosecute those responsible for these illegal acts, delegates must unite, cooperate and lead this global battle against counterfeit medicines.
Topic B: Addressing Tax Fraud and Tax Evasion
Prior to the financial crisis of 2007-2008, unemployment rates were significantly low, growth rates were satisfactory, and economies were flourishing. However, the crisis played a significant role in reversing all the advancements that took place before 2007. Even in light of the crisis, establishing an international regulatory framework for tax is an issue that still eluded the global community.
The economic and financial deregulation facilitated tax evasion and led to the creation of tax havens in various parts of the world. The Panama Papers in particular are considered to be one of the largest tax-related leaks in history, listing the names of various politicians, celebrities, sport stars, and world leaders who were exploiting the benefits of offshore taxations. Economic globalization and sophisticated transaction mechanisms have facilitated tax evasion, providing opportunities for entities and individuals to cheat the system. The absence of tax regulation and monitoring has dramatically changed both the structure of taxation and the people’s perspective regarding the very same issue. This has rendered people to become concerned more than ever about the repercussions of the aforementioned changes on our socio-economic reality.
Rayan Bou-Fakhredin – Chair
Rayan Bou Fakhredin is a first-year master student majoring in Physiology, in the Faculty of Medicine at the American University of Beirut (AUB). He was born in Venezuela and currently lives in Beirut. He will be serving as Chair of the INTERPOL Committee. He has experience as both a delegate and a chair, participating in local and international conferences. He has been active in MUN since high school, totaling to 8 years. His journey in MUN began in 2010 as a high school student when he joined the GC LAU MUN 2010 conference and won the Position Paper Award. He eventually joined the AUBMUN club and took part in more than 25 conferences. As part of a delegation, Rayan was chosen to represent AUB in Model United Nations Turkey (MUNTR) in 2015 and this year, he will be representing AUB at National Model United Nations (NMUN) in New York, USA. He has also been an active member of BEYMUN in its 2 previous editions as an usher and member of the logistics team. Aside his love and dedication for MUN, Rayan enjoys martial arts, swimming and playing tennis. Rayan is looking forward to this very first BEYMUN experience involving INTERPOL! The topics chosen for this year are of top priority in INTERPOL’s agenda, so he looks forward to a heated debate and asks delegates to turn on their sirens and be prepared to act in case of any unexpected events!
Anthony Abi Fadel - Assistant Chair
Anthony Abi Fadel is an undergraduate law student at Sagesse University. Throughout his high school years, he has always maintained a passion for MUN while attending and chairing numerous conferences hosted in Lebanon and abroad. Eager to continue his MUN experience, he took part in the 2nd edition of BEYMUN as a delegate in the DISEC committee, in which he received the Best Delegate award. After experiencing an outstanding conference, he is currently participating in the 3rd edition of BEYMUN as an assistant chair in the INTERPOL committee. Anthony is looking forward to delivering an amazing experience to the delegates participating in the conference. Having a keen interest in global politics, he was an intern in the International Affairs program at the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs in the summer of 2017. Aside from his attentiveness to political affairs and MUN, Anthony enjoys playing video games and watching a wide variety of series. He also spends his free time training different types of martial arts such as MMA, Muay Thai, and boxing.
Hadi Noun - Assistant Chair
Hadi Noun is a freshman student at the American University of Beirut (AUB). He will begin the pursuit of his bachelor's degree in Environmental Health starting next fall and hopes to continue as a medical student and achieve his lifelong goal of becoming a doctor. Known to be a helping hand, Hadi has helped organize awareness campaigns, raise funds for charities, and tutored during his free time to help students thrive academically.
Hadi became involved in MUN towards the end of his high school years and developed a love for the whole process of it. He was a delegate in GC LAU MUN, LAU MAL, and SABIS MUN. As a fresh high school graduate, his first collegiate MUN experience was with the AUBMUN club and the BEYMUN team. For this year's BEYMUN conference, Hadi will be serving as the assistant chair of the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL). Aside from the fact that this is the first double-delegation committee held by BEYMUN, the topics at hand are very interesting and challenging, especially the first topic concerning pharmaceutical crime and counterfeit medicine because what better topic to discuss with a future doctor as a dais member!