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United Nations Development Programme

The United Nations Development Programme works with periphery countries especially to help facilitate sustainable and equitable development. With operations in 177 countries and territories, it is one of the most ubiquitous of UN organizations, and has proved itself to be among the most successful. Over the past decade, the UNDP has focused on achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a set of eight goals for the developing world.

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.

Topic A: Shantytowns in Latin America (Click to show summary)

Topic B: Populations in Southwest Asia (Click to show summary)


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Cassia Nasralla | Director

Cassia is a grade 12 School Prefect at Shawnigan Lake School, and has been ardently involved with Model UN for 3 years. Ever since her first MUN conference her passion for humanitarian studies has grown exponentially. Cassia has had the pleasure of attending conferences across Canada and the United States, and has enjoyed every experience a MUN conference brings. Aside from diplomatic activities she is a coxswain for Shawnigan’s rowing team, is an avid skier, and works at her school’s student-run café. Cassia is ecstatic to be the Director for the UNDP committee at VMUN 2017, as this will be her fourth time staffing for a conference. Overall, she is eagerly waiting for VMUN in January, and wishes the best to all the delegates participating!


Brandon Zhou | Chair

Brandon is currently a Grade 11 student at St. George’s School and he is thrilled to serve as the Chair of the United Nations Development Programme at VMUN 2017. He attended his first conference a few years ago and has been fascinated with world affairs and diplomacy ever since. After many conferences and caucuses, Brandon sees the importance of Model UN because it not only allows participants to broaden their perspective of the world, but also helps develop rhetoric and critical thinking skills. His extracurricular interests include debating, eating, pretending to cook, and playing percussion. Brandon procrastinates by practicing piano, sleeping, and joining non-profit organizations. Brandon cannot wait to meet all the delegates at the conference, and hopes that it will be an unforgettable experience.


Lauren Hung | Assistant Director

Lauren Hung is a grade 11 student at Crofton House School. Her first MUN was VMUN 2014 when her friends dragged her to go. She was instantly drawn in by its intense debates and exciting discussions on current events. Lauren works well with others, is easy to talk to, and loves making friends at MUN. Outside of MUN, Lauren can be found on the track at the long jump pits in the spring time practicing long and triple jump, dancing carelessly to Kanye West or Childish Gambino, or casually eating food and watching TV with close friends. Lauren looks forward to meeting all delegates in this year’s UNDP and is ecstatic to be staffing at VMUN 2017.

You can contact the Director at Any questions regarding the committee or its debate procedures will be answered by email. Position papers must also be submitted to this address.

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