United Nations Environment Programme

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

Topic A: Amazon Deforestation (Click to show summary)

Topic B: Unsustainable Farming Practices (Click to show summary)

Nick Liu

Nick Liu | Director

Currently a junior at Fraser Heights Secondary, Nick Liu is exhilarated to serve as your director of UNEP for VMUN 2020. Ever since walking into his first conference having done up both buttons on his oversized blazer, he has fallen in love with the impactful debate and heated discourse that only MUN can offer. However, even the high caliber of debate can not compare to the countless close friends and invaluable experiences that will last far beyond each conference. Outside of MUN, Nick can often be found wrapped in a movie binge, searching for good Spotify playlists, and wondering when climate change will destroy the world. Nick is thrilled to meet and hear every delegate express themselves and hopes VMUN 2020 will be a weekend to remember.

Brendon Huang

Brendon Huang | Chair

Brendon is currently a Grade 12 student at Fraser Heights Secondary School and is ecstatic to chair United Nations Environment Programme at VMUN 2020. Since attending his first MUN conference in Grade 8, where he only raised his placard once, Brendon has developed an interest in debate and diplomacy that Model UN entails. Many years later, Brendon has raised his placard a little more at several MUN conferences and progressed to become a staff member. Outside of MUN, Brendon can be found watching Youtube videos for an ungodly amount of hours, procrastinating on assignments that he should have completed long ago, working out, and hanging out with friends. Brendon looks forward to witnessing a weekend of lively debate and fruitful discussions. Brendon wishes all delegates the best of luck at VMUN 2020.

Muhan Zhang

Muhan Zhang | Assistant Director

Muhan Zhang is currently a senior at Interlake High School in Bellevue, Washington. She fell in love with MUN ever since she joined in her sophomore year. She is so honored to be staffing for VMUN 2020 as the Assistant Director of UNEP, as this is her first international conference. Muhan is currently the Director of Publicity for her school’s MUN club and was the Secretary General of WORLDMUN 2019. Outside of MUN, Muhan enjoys her IB free life, being captain of her school’s badminton team, working at her internship and two jobs, and hiking. She is so excited to see you at Pacific Northwest’s biggest conference!

You can contact the Director at unep@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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