Sinking City: Jakarta City Council 2025
Jakarta is is by far the largest city in Indonesia, one of the most densely populated urban areas in the world, and as of August 17, 2024, no longer the capital of Indonesia. There are a myriad of reasons as of why Indonesia decided to move their capital to a whole other Island. Since 1940, Jakarta has experienced massive population growth and although that has brought economic prosperity to the region, it has also created immense pressure on the city’s infrastructure and environment causing the land under the city to be sinking rapidly. Additionally, their population size and reliance on coal-fired power plants has lead to some of the worst pollution issues in the world. Jakarta is notorious for their smog and their pollution levels consistently land the city on the list of most polluted cities in the world with their average pollution levels averaging 8 times higher than the WHO recommended guidelines. Couple these issues with growing climate change concerns and poor infrastructure and the Indonesian government understood the necessity of moving the capital, and all of the foot traffic it demands, in order to alleviate some of the population pressures plaguing Jakarta.
Meet the Director
Hanan (he/him) is a third year psychology and education science major minoring in Sociology and innovation. He was born in Puerto Rico but grew up in Miami before he enrolled into the University of Florida where he first experienced Model UN. He joined the club as a freshman and has since become one of the travel team's competitive crisis delegates. Hanan is thrilled to be running a contemporary committee pertaining to such a pertinent topic at GatorMUN. He was previously a staffer at SunMUN I in the Runaway Reactor committee and served as USG of Crisis Committees at GatorMUN XX. Outside of MUN, Hanan loves politics, sports, cooking, and reading. He is also an active member in Changemakers', where he facilitates open and honest dialogue surrounding contentious topics. He's excited to see the direction delegates take in choosing the future direction of Jakarta.