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.
With global climate health rapidly deteriorating, the most ecologically diverse ecosystem faces a crisis unlike any the world has ever seen. Every day, companies exploit and plunder the Amazon for its valuable resources, blatantly ignoring the detriments they leave behind in the pursuit of financial gain. Consequently, the livelihood of endangered species rapidly approaches extinction and many threatened species are projected to become endangered species in the near future. Not surprisingly, because the Amazon serves as an ecosystem that regulates the global climate, environmental damage to the rainforest can be detrimental to the human population as well. When crafting a resolution, delegates must recognize the complex nature of this issue and find solutions based on science rather than speculation: the life of countless organisms and the future of our global climate relies on efficient and effective action.
For the past 12 000 years, a myriad of cultures and traditions have revolved around agriculture; however, with recent advancements in agricultural technologies, the exploitation of land has rendered previously productive land infertile. Particularly affected are the pollinators, whose plummeting populations are causing entire ecosystems to be uprooted. Proper farmland management is not just about food, rather, it stems from the necessity to preserve arable land and normalizing sustainable farming practices for future generations. Delegates must address both the environmental and economic impacts of large-scale corporate farms and carefully consider the path forward with established farming practices.
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 | 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 | 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 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.