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 are mandatory and must be submitted by April 17, 2022, at 23:59 PST. More information about position papers can be found on page 3 of the Background Guide.
Thriving ecosystems populated with diverse ranges of animals, plants, and organisms contribute to a healthy environment for everyone. Particularly, ecosystems within the Pacific Ocean, which account for 30 percent of the land surface on Earth, are invaluable. However, the Pacific’s natural resources have been continually exploited for fishing and deep-sea mining, while its vastness serves as a favourable transportation route. Recently, the state of Pacific ecosystems has been worsening, with 90 percent of fish stocks overfished and only 7.5 percent of the ocean area being protected. As these effects have only been further aggravated by the impacts of climate change, preserving Pacific marine ecosystems is crucial for continued health of the world environment.
Ever since the explosive economic growth following World War II, rapidly increasing consumerism has necessitated more natural resources; thus, the increase of product use has contributed to more waste, especially from single-use plastics. However, the sustainability of plastics, especially single-use plastics, as well as other recyclable materials, has come under scrutiny. Following China—the world’s largest importer of waste plastics—and their enactment of the National Sword Policy in 2018, which banned recyclable plastic imports, recycling programs around the world have been forced to come to a halt. Along with other recyclable materials, the absence of an efficient global recycling chain will cause continued chemical leaks into the environment and health hazards to marine animals.
Christopher Yu | Director
A Grade 11 student at St. George’s School, Christopher is honoured to serve as the Director of the United Nations Environment Programme at VMUN 2022. During his first MUN conference three years ago, he was introduced to this unique yet sleep-depriving activity, and since then, its diplomatic intricacies have never failed to capture his interest. From lifelong memories to newfound friendships, he will cherish this journey forever. Apart from time with MUN and academics, Chris enjoys spending time with family and friends as well as playing soccer, curling, and badminton. Christopher looks forward to meeting delegates and hopes that VMUN 2022 will be a noteworthy conference for everyone.
Niki Tehrani | Chair
Currently in Grade 12 at Crofton House School, Niki is ecstatic to be serving as the Chair for the United Nations Environmental Programme at VMUN 2022. Niki attended her first conference at VMUN in the eighth grade and has been involved in MUN ever since. Her experience in MUN has taught her many valuable skills such as becoming a better public speaker and being persuasive. She hopes delegates can discover a new side of themselves by stepping out of their comfort zones and challenging themselves, whilst having fun. Outside of MUN, Niki enjoys spending time with friends and traveling. Niki is looking forward to a weekend full of debate and can not wait to meet all the delegates. She wishes everyone the best of luck at VMUN 2022!
Aubrey King | Assistant Director
Aubrey is in her fourth and final year at Shawnigan Lake School on Vancouver Island and is delighted to serve as the Assistant Director of the UNEP for VMUN 2022. This is Aubrey’s fourth VMUN, and staffing at this incredible conference has been a dream of hers since Grade 9. Advancing from the role of delegate to staff member over the course of four years and several conferences—not to mention the late nights, early mornings and long sessions unique to Model UN—has helped her learn and grow tremendously as a person. In her free time, Aubrey loves to hike, cycle, bake, and spend time with friends. Aubrey hopes that all delegates learn something new, push themselves to perform to the best of their ability, and enjoy every moment of this year’s VMUN.
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.