United Nations Environment Programme
The United Nations Environmental Programme is an organization that convenes, facilitates, and provides scientific assessments, analyses, and projects in order to stimulate international policy responses. It partners with and leads major programmes such as REDD+ and the GEF. The UNEP is the lead body on climate change, sustainable development, biodiversity, environmental governance, harmful substances, and resource efficiency. Perhaps most notably, the UNEP has assisted in creating guidelines and treaties on issues such as the trade of harmful chemicals, transboundary air pollution, and contamination of international waterways.
This committee is designed for both beginners and experienced delegates alike. Position papers, although strongly recommended, are not required. However, delegates who wish to be considered for an award must submit their position papers by Sunday, January 8, 2017, at 11:59 pm. More information about position papers will be found on page 3 of each Background Guide.
While environmental harm can largely be attributed to industrialized, developed nations, many developing countries pose a significant threat to the environment as well. Because it is relatively easy to profit from environmentally harmful practicest, many nations — especially developing ones — are very reluctant to adopt sustainable practices. It will be up to the delegates to work together to find a solution that benefits everyone while catering to the needs of individual states.
Though it has not received as much media attention as issues environmental issues that are global warming and chemical pollutants, desertification threatens the planet just as much as the aforementioned issues. For example, some of the widespread impacts of desertification include worsening the poverty cycle, forcing urban migration and worsening famines. Delegates will be expected to find ways that we can both reduce the impact of preexisting desertification and prevent the issue from becoming any more severe.
Colin Blackadar | Director
Colin is a senior at West Point Grey Academy, and he is beyond ecstatic to be directing UNEP at VMUN this year. In grade 10, Colin went to his first Model UN conference, and he has loved it ever since. In his spare time, you can find him spending too much money on clothes, wasting time on Netflix, or chilling with his cat, Psymon (yes, that is Simon spelled with a ‘P’). Colin is looking forward to seeing some exciting debate at the conference and creating a fun and interesting atmosphere in the committee. He wishes the best of luck to all delegates!
Zehan Zhou | Chair
Zehan (name meaning “one who gives greatly”) is currently a Grade 11 student. In his spare time, Zehan can be found engaged in a variety of pursuits besides MUN, ranging from skiing to training animals to being vegetarian at any other time except for mealtime. Zehan is a lover of literature, a proud gourmand, a polyglot, and a staunch supporter of indigenous rights (being a Chinese “First Nations” himself!). Zehan’s best MUN memories tended greatly to be in VMUN, where he made lifelong friends while debating of issues as varied from food irradiation to Lockheed Martin F-35s. Zehan truly hopes that all delegates enjoy their MUN experience in the best committee among all, UNEP!
Judith Chen | Assistant Director
A sophomore at Semiahmoo Secondary, Judith is excited to be serving as your Assistant Director in UNEP for VMUN 2017! Ever since her first Model UN conference in 2015, Judith has been captivated by the diplomacy, pragmatism and collaboration that MUN entails. Since then, MUN has encouraged her to foster her fervorous passions for international relations and debating. In addition, she believes that MUN is an excellent outlet to further understand current events, improve public speaking skills and meet like-minded youth. Outside of the exciting realm of MUN, Judith enjoys volleyball, ballet and event organization. However, one can also find Judith finding good music and binge watching Modern Family in her spare time. All in all, Judith looks forward to creating an enriching and memorable experience at VMUN for new and experienced delegates alike!
You can contact the Director at firstname.lastname@example.org. Any questions regarding the committee or its debate procedures will be answered by email. Position papers must also be submitted to this address.