UNITED NATIONS development programme

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 Sunday, January 13, 2019, at 23:59 PST. More information about position papers can be found on page 3 of the Background Guide.

Topic A: Disaster Risk Reduction in the Caribbean (Click to show summary)

Topic B: Fair Elections in Emerging Democracies (Click to show summary)

Jessica Lin | Director

Currently a grade 11 student at Crofton House School, Jessica is ecstatic to serve as the Director of the United Nations Development Programme at VMUN 2019. Since walking into her first committee session in grade 8, in which she did not raise her placard a single time, Jessica has come to appreciate the professionalism and collaborative environment that encompasses Model UN, as well as the existence of caffeine at two in the morning. When she is not taking naps or binge watching Suits, Jessica can be found fretting over standardized tests, playing basketball, or volunteering throughout Vancouver. Jessica looks forward to meeting all delegates and is unequivocally excited to witness a weekend of diplomacy, debate, and discussion at VMUN 2019.

Emily Ni | Chair

Currently a grade 10 student at Crofton House, Emily is delighted to be serving as Chair of the United Nations Development Programme at VMUN 2019. Ever since her first conference as an easily impressionable delegate, she’s fostered a fondness for the uniquely nuanced discourse found within MUN. Three years later, she can confidently say that every awkward introduction, chaotic midnight crisis, and atrocious speech has been undoubtedly worth it. Outside of MUN, she can be found in the dance studio for hours on end, using buzzwords incorrectly in debate, attempting to conjugate French verbs, and consuming an unhealthy amount of bubble tea. Emily looks forward to a weekend of rewarding debate, and hopes to create a memorable experience for all delegates!

Christopher Bong | Assistant Director

Christopher is a grade 11 student at St. George’s School and is excited to serve as the Assistant Director for UNDP. Since his first attempt to explain the financial position of Honduras, he has since grown very fond of MUN. From the exhilarating debate, passionate speeches delivered, and the occasionally nasty roasts exchanged to the creative solutions negotiated, he has enjoyed every moment of MUN. Outside of MUN, Christopher can be found in his fantasy of creating Michelin-starred dishes, frantically striving to contain the flames to the stove and not the entire kitchen, spending time with friends, and finding ways to fill his curiosity towards law. Christopher cannot wait to see the delegates of UNDP and to create a memorable conference together!

You can contact the Director at undp@vmun.com with any questions regarding the committee or its debate procedures. Position papers must also be submitted to this address.