The United Nations Environment Programme is an organization that convenes, facilitates, and provides scientific assessments, analyses, and projects in order to stimulate international policy responses. It partners with and leads major programmes such as REDD+ and the GEF. The UNEP is the lead body on climate change, sustainable development, biodiversity, environmental governance, harmful substances, and resource efficiency. Perhaps most notably, the UNEP has assisted in creating guidelines and treaties on issues such as the trade of harmful chemicals, transboundary air pollution, and contamination of international waterways.
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.
Transboundary air pollution has been an environmental concern throughout history. With the rise of industrialization and urbanization, one of the most prevalent forms of pollution is the toxins that are emitted in the air. In addition, as air pollution is prone to movement due to changing global wind control and changes in the climate, countries all around the world are impacted by air pollution, regardless of whether they produce substantial pollution themselves. With hegemonic countries and quickly developing nations emitting the majority of the world’s air pollution, many counties with sustainable environments are threatened. The difficulties of dividing responsibilities and seeking a solution to mitigate the harms of transboundary air pollution ultimately prove to be a difficult and multifaceted problem.
Throughout history, war has always affected the environment, both directly and indirectly. From the use of Agent Orange by the United States during the Vietnam War and Saddam Hussein’s draining of Mesopotamian marshes in Iraq during the Gulf War, armed human conflict has constantly posed a threat to both the environment and communities who depend on natural resources. These environmental consequences are rarely discussed, although their impacts can last for generations and often take a toll on some of the most biodiverse areas on Earth, including destroying entire ecosystems. Delegates in the UNEP must pay attention to all current events; every current and future armed conflict has an environmental impact.
Nikki Wu | Director
Currently a senior at Crofton House School, Nikki is beyond ecstatic to be serving as Director for the United Nations Environmental Programme at VMUN 2021. Since attending her first MUN conference at the start of grade 8, she has found herself immersed in the intriguing world of Model United Nations. Whilst her experience in MUN has taught her valuable skills such as being persuasive and constantly argumentative, she has mostly mastered the art of catching up on sleep after a weekend of all nighters and exciting debate. When not overconsuming chocolate and bubble tea, she can be found debating, swimming competitively, or writing short stories. Nikki is looking forward to a fun weekend of productive debate, effective resolutions, and a plethora of new friendships!
Lincoln Lee | Chair
Lincoln is a grade 12 student at Port Moody Secondary School and is excited to be a part of VMUN this year. With an interest in political discussion, debate and public speaking, Lincoln fit right into Model United Nations in grade 9. After four years in the Model UN community, Lincoln owes everything to it: the passions he has discovered along the way, the lessons he has learned, and most importantly, the incredible people he has met who are now his best friends, mentors and role models. Lincoln wholeheartedly encourages any newcomers to try their hand at MUN and looks forward to a successful iteration of VMUN.
Yirui Tao | Assistant Director
Currently embarking on her sophomore year at Hugh McRoberts Secondary, Yirui is ecstatic to serve as the Assistant Director of the United Nations Environment Programme at VMUN 2021. Ever since mustering up enough courage to deliver a 30 second speech in her first committee session, Yirui has been captivated by the world of fast paced debate and pressing international affairs. With camaraderie exchanged, friendships forged, resolutions drafted and memories formed after every conference, her love for Model UN has only grown. Outside the committee room, Yirui enjoys spending time in nature, exploring various dessert shops and browsing through Netflix. She looks forward to a weekend of passionate discourse and hopes that VMUN brings cherished memories and a pleasant experience for all.
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.