Dear Delegates,

My name is Elpida Bograkou and I am a Graduate of Archaeology and Art History from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Currently, I am on my Sophomore year of my second Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Anthropology at Deree – The American College of Greece. In September, I was awarded an Endeavor Fellowship by the Global Liberal Arts Alliance for my participation in the 5th NYT Athens Democracy Forum where I participated as a student delegate and co-author/editor of the action plan on Social Inequality published by the New York Times.

I have been attending UN Simulations all over Greece and abroad since the age of 13 and ThessisMUN 2018 will be my 33rd simulation. I have also attended simulations of the European Parliament and of the Hellenic Parliament. Recently, I was invited as a guest in various High Level Summits such as the Concordia Europe Summit, High Level Summit on Migration in Europe and the Middle East and I joined the United Ambassadors team in the UA-MUN in UN Headquarters in Geneva which was sponsored by the UAE Permanent Mission in UN Geneva.

As my chosen field of studies illustrates, I am particularly intrigued by social and political phenomena that affect our day-today interactions with fellow citizens and social institutions. My field of expertise is Criminology and the Criminal Justice System and thus, I find the proposed topic of the ECOSOC 2018 extremely interesting.

Acting as the Chair of the ECOSOC, it is my pleasure to welcome you all to engage in a fruitful and challenging debate. As I find that it high time for us, the younger generations to challenge, reshape and redefine societal norms I urge you all to seize the opportunity of your participation and explore your potentials to the fullest.

Looking forward to meeting you in Thessaloniki!

All best,
Elpida