United Nations Environmental Programme
The United Nations Environmental 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 Sunday, January 7, 2018, at 23:59. More information about position papers will be found on page 3 of each Background Guide.
The Arctic Circle undoubtedly contains some of Earth’s most valuable resources, ranging from oil to diamonds. These resources are a massive economic boon; however, there are many environmental risks associated with the extraction of natural resources from the Arctic. As the UNEP, it is your job to protect the environment, and mining for oil in the Arctic is a major problem that you must work together to solve.
Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is the process of drilling the earth and then injecting fluid into it. This process allows more remote and less accessible deposits of hydrocarbons, such as natural gas or petroleum, to be accessed. While this does allow more fossil fuel deposits to be extracted, there are numerous environmental risks with regards to the practice. Fracking can contaminate the water supplies for the surrounding areas and can cause minor earthquakes, among other negative environmental impacts. Solutions must be multifaceted and measured to create an adequate response to this complex issue.
Katherine Zheng | Director
Katherine is currently a grade 11 student at Crofton House School, and she has participated in Model United Nations since grade 8. Through the several conferences she has attended, Katherine has found a passion for public speaking, international relations, and learning about different perspectives on global issues. As well, she has made several lifelong friends and cherishes the memories she has made with them. Outside of school, Katherine loves traveling, exploring new restaurants, and spending time with her friends. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to serve as director of UNEP, and she hopes she can help make this weekend memorable!
Jaskirt Brar | Chair
Jaskirt is currently a junior at Southpointe Academy and is ecstatic to Chair the United Nations Environmental Programme. He has participated in a plethora of different Model United Nation conferences throughout the past three years from which he has developed a strong passion for public speaking, and international affairs. Ever since his first MUN, he has always been attracted to the pragmatic and professional nature of the endeavour. In addition, he believes that MUN allows people to meet like minded youth, foster a deeper understanding of current events, and challenge people to come outside their comfort zone. Outside of MUN, when he is not found carrying his soccer team, running, or getting lost in downtown, Jaskirt can be seen reading. He looks forward to an amazing weekend full of productive, and enticing debate at VMUN 2018!
David Ni | Assistant Director
Ever since his younger and more vulnerable years, David has been entrenched in the cryptic and esoteric subject that is politics; thus, MUN naturally became an opportunity to quench his thirst for glory on the bureaucratic battlefield. During the small gaps of time between school and studio, David prefers to enjoy the finer things in life such as staying up late to binge a profound audiobook, entering a meditative sketching trance, or simply pondering the ephemeral wonders of life. When he is not found indulging on matters that others may label as a “trivial,” David can be found playing the flute, learning foreign languages, or slaving away at his art portfolio. David looks forward to staffing at VMUN 2018.
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.