1) Rising Sea Levels and Environmental Refugees
2) Sustainable Development in the Arctic
Chair: Calvin Chiu
Co-Chairs: Deborah Chew
Matthew Van Ligten
Position Papers will be due to the Committee Email below on Tuesday, February 14th, 2017 by 11:59pm and should be no longer than one page per topic, single-spaced.
In order to be eligible for awards, delegates must submit position papers to the Dias.
Please take a look at the Position Paper Preparation Guide for further information and examples.
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is an agency within the United Nations, established after the Stockholm Conference of 1972, tasked with the goal of securing global leadership and partnership on environmental issues.
The development of this objective was prompted by the realization that the world is dynamic and sensitive, and that human actions have a direct environmental impact.
The UNEP is a relatively new organization within the framework of the United Nations, but it has nevertheless demonstrated a strong commitment to promoting sustainable development and preservation, with the belief that growth and sustainability are not mutually exclusive.
Negotiated in 1987, the Montreal Protocol, which allowed for one of the numerous accomplishments, succeeding in specifically phasing out chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in the production of manufactured goods.
The mission statement of UNEP reflects its mindset and its goal of protecting the environment by providing information and resources to Member States and the populations of the international community. In doing so, the entity hopes to improve the current quality of life without detracting from that of the future generations.
As of 2016, all 193 Member States are permitted to fully participate within the UNEP. Universal membership, as opposed to the previous system of elected membership, has enabled a fully representative platform to present new viewpoints and specific ideas. Full participation also allows for equal representation on the decisions and actions necessary to sustain a global environment, and ensures a fair distribution of resources in this process.
Currently, the UNEP places emphasis on meeting its goals for sustainable development and has adopted other aims that highlight the environment as the core of focus alongside economic and social development.
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