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 February 7th, 2020, at 23:59 PST. More information about position papers can be found on page 3 of the Background Guide.

Topic A: Gender-Based Poverty (Click to show summary)

Topic B: Infrastructure Development in Least Developed Countries (Click to show summary)

Emily Ni

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

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

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 undp@vmun.com. Any questions regarding the committee or its debate procedures will be answered by email. Position papers must also be submitted to this address.

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