The world is experiencing extensive economic, social, and demographic changes. One of these changes is an unprecedented shift to urban areas. By 2030, six of every ten people in the world will live in cities. With the rapid transition in a world facing climate change, urbanization poses a difficult challenge to nations. Established in 1978, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme strives to promote sustainable urban development amidst these issues. Operating in more than 70 countries across the globe, UN Habitat works to improve the urban landscape in six distinct areas: (1) legislation and governance, (2) urban planning, (3) urban economics, (4) housing, (5) urban rehabilitation, and (6) research and development. The future will centre around cities, and UN Habitat strives to see them be sustainable and equitable for all.
This committee is designed for both beginners and experienced delegates alike. Position papers are mandatory and must be submitted by January 28th, 2022, at 23:59 PST. More information about position papers can be found on page 3 of the Background Guide.
The international community has always depended on energy for industrialization and development. However, our current over-reliance on fossil fuels has resulted in a multitude of repercussions that the world must face. In addition to mounting concerns regarding climate change, over a billion people, mostly concentrated in the rural regions of developing nations, lack access to modern sources of energy technology. These citizens often end up relying on dangerous alternative methods such as cheap biomass burning to generate the energy needed to complete daily tasks. As such, it is imperative collective efforts are made to achieve greater access to energy in these nations while simultaneously completing a transition into renewable energy sources.
Since the beginning of the global HIV/AIDS epidemic in the 1980s, women across many regions have been disproportionately affected by HIV. Today, women constitute more than half of all people living with HIV and the virus remains the leading cause of death for women between the ages of 15 and 49. Instances of intimate partner violence, inequitable laws, and harmful traditional practices all reinforce unequal power dynamics between men and women, further entrenching gender-based vulnerability within the epidemic. With gender inequalities so deeply rooted in the cultural and political structures within society, the HIV/AIDS epidemic among women is a multifaceted issue that can only be resolved through collaborative and nuanced international efforts.
Emma-Jane Burns | Director
Emma-Jane is a Grade 12 student at York House School and is honoured to serve as the Director of UN Habitat at VMUN 2022. Four years ago marked the beginning of Emma-Jane’s high school Model United Nations journey. Since then, MUN has taught her valuable lessons, introduced her to new friends, and built her understanding of politics and international affairs. MUN has been a fond facet of Emma-Jane’s high school experience, and she wishes to offer delegates similar opportunities that she was given by previous VMUN Dais teams. She hopes to give new delegates a fun and educational experience and to challenge more experienced delegates to improve and learn something new. As the conference date nears, Emma-Jane’s anticipation builds. She cannot wait to meet you all.
Juhyung Yun | Chair
Currently in her Grade 12 year at Sentinel Secondary School, Juhyung is honoured to be serving as the Chair of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme at VMUN 2022. Ever since attending her first MUN conference 2 years ago, Juhyung has been captivated by the inspiring, passionate debates of MUN conferences. She especially loves MUN for the exciting journeys of finding solutions to international problems, the unforgettable friendships it helps make, and the confidence it provides in public talking and debating. Outside of MUN, Juhyung can be seen reading, trying to find good songs that nobody knows, and watching Netflix. Juhyung is looking forward to having a great time with her team and delegates, and she hopes to forge an unforgettable memory for her last year in high school MUN.
Liam Hughes | Assistant Director
A Grade 10 student at St. George’s School, Liam is both excited and honoured to join the UN Habitat committee as the Assistant Director. Having joined Model UN in Grade 8, Liam has consistently been impressed and inspired by the top-tier debate, innovative solutions, and positive relationships cultivated at MUN conferences. Liam hopes to ensure a weekend of high-level diplomacy, rich debate, and a welcoming environment for all delegates at VMUN 2022. Outside of MUN, Liam has worked as an actor for film and television and participates in his school’s history bowl team and theatre programs. He is excited to meet everyone at the conference.
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.