Mesa de la Unidad Democrática, 2017

Committee Description

The Mesa de la Unidad Democrática (MUD) is a catch-all electoral alliance of Venezuelan political parties that was formed in 2008 as opposition to then-President Hugo Chavez’s United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV). The MUD became the largest group in the Venezuelan National Assembly in the 2015 parliamentary election, putting an end to sixteen years of PSUV rule of the country’s parliament.

The committee is set in 2017, a pivotal point in Venezuelan government and politics. The country is in the midst of yet another economic crisis, and the people are protesting against President Nicolás Maduro and his unpopular authoritarian reign. Venezuela is at a crossroads, and the decisions made by the leaders of la Mesa de la Unidad Democrática will definitely leave their marks on the nation’s future.

Venezuela 2017 is an advanced committee. Prior experience in MUN and debate is highly recommended; however, anyone with interest or strong delegating skills may participate if they wish to.

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Matthew Cheng
Currently a junior struggling at St. George’s School, Matthew is thrilled to serve as the Director for Venezuela at CAIMUN 2018! Having started Model UN in Grade 8, Matthew has since fell in love with the fierce debates, creative resolutions, and unforgettable memories. Outside of committee session, Matthew can be found trying to convince his friends that he doesn’t use any hair products, or that he didn’t lie about his height on his driver’s license. Matthew also enjoys attempting to produce a sound on the flute, narrowly avoiding 21-0 defeats on the badminton court, and nonsensically screaming "sapnu.” Matthew is excited to spectate the unparalleled level of debate that will unfold at CAIMUN, and hopes to create an unforgettable experience for all delegates!

Angelina Zhang
Angelina is a grade 11 student at Crofton House School and is ecstatic to serve as the Chair of MUD at CAIMUN 2018. Ever since her first conference as an ignorant grade 8, she has been captivated by the enthusiasm and intelligence of the delegates she’s encountered. Outside of MUN, Angelina can be found attempting to cook, watching random YouTube documentaries, or wandering aimlessly around Vancouver. On occasion, she also enjoys randomly yelling “puas” in public. In the rare cases where she is productive, she enjoys debating competitively, playing tennis, and volunteering in her community. Angelina cannot wait to meet everyone at the conference and will strive to make it nothing short of excellent!

Geneviève Dubuc
Geneviève Dubuc is currently a senior attending École Secondaire Jules-Verne and she is delighted to serve as the Chair of the Mesa de la Unidad Democrática at CAIMUN 2018. Passionate about international affairs, MUN piqued her curiosity when she attended her first conference at the beginning of eleventh grade. Conference after conference, she only delved deeper into the world of debate and has not turned back since. When she is not in school, sleeping, or doing both simultaneously, you can find Geneviève being an avid dogspotter and seeking new eateries to feed her insatiable sweet tooth. Geneviève looks forward to a weekend of fervent debate and she is excited to meet you all at CAIMUN 2018.