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 7, 2018, at 23:59. More information about position papers will be found on page 3 of each Background Guide.
The right to legal aid remains a prevalent issue in countries across the world. Access to legal aid is a key factor in development because individuals are empowered and protected by the system. Millions around the world, primarily in less economically developed nations, do not have access to legal aid. Providing legal aid for civil and administrative cases is crucial in empowering marginalized and impoverished populations; as well, legal aid for marital and custody cases, labour disputes, and property and inheritance issues significantly impact the wellbeing of many individuals.
As the cycle of poverty continues in communities across the globe, many civilians are left with little support as they navigate the complexities of finding a sustainable occupation while struggling to survive. However, they still seek to keep their cultural traditions and practices intact. The UNDP must come up with methods to enable economic development within these communities without destroying or harming their cultural traditions and practices.
Danica Li | Director
Danica is senior at Richmond Christian School and is ecstatic to be serving as the Director of the United Nations Development Program. Danica became captivated by the world of politics and diplomacy after attending her first MUN conference in grade 9. Truly impacted by the resolutions and positive ideas formulated in committee sessions, Danica became determined to seek out these solutions outside the committee room through becoming involved in various non-profit organizations. Outside of MUN and her non-profit work, Danica enjoys serving on the Student and Leadership Team at her school, traveling the world, and spending time with her family. Danica is honoured to help delegates begin or further develop their Model UN career and is looking forward to a great conference.
William Tiwana | Chair
William Tiwana is a Grade 11 student attending St. George’s School, and is honoured to serve as Chair of the United Nations Development Programme at VMUN 2018. Since joining Model UN in Grade 6, he has developed a passion for world issues and has created fond memories – both as a staff and as a delegate. The fierce debate and resigned diplomacy that occurs within committee sessions always keeps Will coming back for more. In his free time, he enjoys finding new ways to procrastinate on the internet and binge watching Grey’s Anatomy. Will is eager to meet every delegate and is looking forward to the exhilarating experience to come.
Agnes Lebeau | Assistant Director
Agnes Lebeau is a senior at University Hill Secondary. Introduced to MUN in Grade 10, Agnes’ passion for MUN seems to grow with each year. From delegating to now staffing, she wishes to spread her love for MUN to the delegates she encounters, whether they are new or returning delegates. She hopes for them to have an enjoyable experience, while also learning about important world issues. Outside of conferences, she can be found attempting to compose songs and writing a novel or out riding her road bike. Agnes is very excited to be UNDP’s Assistant Director for VMUN 2018.
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.