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 February 7th, 2020, at 23:59 PST. More information about position papers can be found on page 3 of the Background Guide.
With unprecedented rates of economic growth taking root in countries all over the world, gender-based poverty alleviation has become a more prominent concern than ever before. Gender-based poverty, also referred to as the feminization of poverty, takes on a multitude of forms and is present in some capacity in every corner of the globe. From a lack of compensation for domestic work to insurmountable barriers in accessing education and employment, gender-based poverty alleviation is a multifaceted issue that can only be resolved through comprehensive and collaborative international efforts; only then will programmes that promote vocational training, micro-financing loans, and education empower women to circumvent the feminization of poverty.
In the world’s least developed countries, the UNDP strives to stimulate economic growth, which relies heavily on the development of infrastructure. However, the construction of critical infrastructure — healthcare systems, roads, energy supply, and water supply — is often mismanaged and neglected. It is of paramount importance that delegates of the United Nations Development Programme find solutions that balance foreign intervention and internal development when considering the issue of infrastructural stabilization. Solutions must also address the lack of transparency and accountability that plagues infrastructural development; failure to do so risks slowing down economic development for decades to come.
Emily Ni | Director
Currently in her junior year at Crofton House School, Emily is delighted to be serving as the Director of the United Nations Development Programme at VMUN 2020. Ever since she signed up for her school’s Model UN club one fateful September, Emily has seen the transformative nature of MUN shape her high school years for the better. Four years and 15 conferences later, Emily still marvels at the esoteric world of Model UN: further than an affectionate zeal for diplomacy and debate, Emily is lucky to have gained a greater appreciation for international affairs, the strength to pull all-nighters, and her best friends through this activity. In her rapidly diminishing spare time, Emily can be found fuelling her caffeine addiction, gesturing wildly during debate speeches, and curating her Spotify playlists. Above all else, Emily hopes to create an unforgettable experience for all delegates at VMUN 2020.
Kristy Kwok | Chair
Currently a senior at Richmond Christian School, Kristy is honoured to be serving as the chair of the United Nations Development Programme. Her three years of participating in Model UN have allowed her to grow from a ninth-grader ignorant of global affairs to a twelfth-grader passionate about debating and solving world issues, and she is confident that VMUN 2020 will afford each of its delegates a similarly exciting and enlightening experience. Outside the admittedly all-consuming world of Model UN, she spends her free time attempting to write poetry and rereading Harry Potter for the nth time. She looks forward to meeting everyone in January!
Leo Wang | Assistant Director
A lowly and sleep deprived senior hailing from University Hill Secondary School, Leo is delighted to serve as the Assistant Director of UNDP at VMUN 2020. After attending his first Model UN conference in grade 9, Leo was instantly captivated by the heated debate between delegates and their creative yet pragmatic solutions to real-world issues. Indubitably, the remarkable experience incited a sincere passion for the subject of international affairs that would last throughout the entirety of high school. Beyond the fascinating world of Model UN, Leo enjoys spending his free time reading the Financial Times, indulging in hours of Civilization gameplay, and binge watching every possible Scorsese-directed movie. He looks forward to meeting everyone at VMUN 2020!
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.