The United Nations Development Programme works particularly with developing countries to help facilitate sustainable and equitable development. With operations in 177 countries and territories, it is one of the most ubiquitous UN organizations and has proved itself to be among the most successful. Since 2015, the UNDP has focused on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a set of 17 goals constituting “a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity”.
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 January 22nd, 2021, 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.
Madeline Kim | Director
A sophomore currently studying at Crofton House School, Madeline is honoured to be serving as the Director of UNDP at VMUN 2021. Since first stepping into the committee room on wobbling stilettos, Madeline has quickly become engrossed in the caffeine-fueled debate and exhilarating nature of high school Model UN. Above all, she has come to appreciate the invaluable life lessons and countless friendships she has gained from the community and greatly attributes her passion for global affairs to the world of mock diplomacy. Outside of the conference room, Madeline can be found baking diabetes-inducing treats at ungodly hours of the night, falling asleep on public transit, or lamenting over her concerningly empty wallet as she orders yet another five-dollar americano. Madeline eagerly awaits a weekend of multifaceted and compelling debate, and is incredibly excited to meet all delegates at VMUN 2021!
Noah Wong | Chair
A senior in the International Baccalaureate programme at Meadowridge School, Noah is excited to be serving as the chair of the United Nations Development Program for VMUN 2021. Since speaking at his first conference in Grade 8, Noah has developed a passion for diplomacy and debate, which he hopes to pass on to new delegates. When he is not stressing about tests or procrastinating homework, Noah can be found playing with swords as a competitive fencer, spending hours on public transit trying to find new restaurants and re-watching Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Noah hopes to create a memorable experience for all delegates at VMUN 2021 and looks forward to meeting everyone!
Yian Zhang | Assistant Director
Yian is a senior at Burnaby North Secondary School. This year, she is more than excited to be a part of VMUN 2021’s UNDP committee as the Assistant Director. The engaging and highly relevant topics that Model UN conferences feature first drew her to the activity in the ninth grade and she has been attending conferences non-stop for the past three years. In her free time, she enjoys hoarding skincare products and bottle of perfume. When she isn’t doing this however, she is stressing about how she is going to get more than 65% on her multiple choice questions correct in preparation for the AP exam. She looks forward to meeting all the delegates and helping to foster fruitful and nuanced debate.
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.