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 Sunday, January 13, 2019, at 23:59 PST. More information about position papers can be found on page 3 of the Background Guide.

Topic A: Ramifications of Livestock Farming (Click to show summary)

Topic B: Resource Conflict (Click to show summary)

Bridget Young | Director

As a junior in her third year of Model United Nations, Bridget is more than excited to be the Director of the United Nations Environmental Programme. Ever since her first time delegating at a conference, she has grown to enjoy enduring sleepless nights in exchange for a great Model UN experience. Model United Nations has helped Bridget enjoy public speaking and in turn make countless friends. When not immersed in a Model UN setting, Bridget loses sleep with her friends over a certain mobile battle game or finds any excuse to eat at different dessert cafes. Bridget cannot wait to meet all of the delegates and would hope no less than for all to have an amazing VMUN 2019!

Alan Zhuang | Chair

Alan is a grade 12 student attending Fraser Heights Secondary and is excited to serve as the Chair of UNEP at VMUN 2019. Ever since the first time he raised his placard in grade 9, Alan has found MUN to be a fun medium for debate. The social aspects of MUN are also very alluring; from tackling global issues with new found friends to outmanoeuvring enemy blocs, MUN has managed to intrigue Alan every step of the way. Outside of MUN, you can expect to see Alan listening to music, spending time playing video games, raising his IQ through watching “Rick and Morty,” and searching Vancouver for the best steak available. Alan looks forward to a weekend of co-operation, discussion, and fun at VMUN 2019.

Maggi Bresden | Assistant Director

Maggi is currently a senior in her third year at Brentwood College School on Vancouver Island. When she was thirteen, she and her parents moved across the world to Saudi Arabia, which opened her eyes to many global issues she had not been previously exposed to. This exposure inspired her passion for the world of global affairs, human rights, and incidentally, Model UN. Since her first conference in the eighth grade, she has taken any and every opportunity to dive deep into debates and grow her knowledge, leadership, and interpersonal skills as both a delegate and a staff member. In her free time, Maggi enjoys film photography, reading, and travel. She looks forward to being a part of this incredible conference and hopes that it will be a memorable and enriching experience for all delegates.

You can contact the Director at unep@vmun.com with any questions regarding the committee or its debate procedures. Position papers must also be submitted to this address.