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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 January 22nd, 2021, at 23:59 PST. More information about position papers can be found on page 3 of the Background Guide.

Topic A: Transboundary Air Pollution (Click to show summary)

Topic B: Environmental Consequences of War (Click to show summary)

Nikki Wu

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

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

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 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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