Committee Name: United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP)
Organ: General Assemblies
Undersecretary-General: Claudia Alonso
Deputy Undersecretary-General: Bilva Chandra
Chair: Allen Easterling
Topic A: Toxic Waste Dumping
Topic B: Mitigating the Effects of Overpopulation
The Topic Abstract for this committee can be accessed here.
A Letter from the Chair
I am delighted to be chairing UNEP this year! We have not had UNEP as a General Assembly for several years, so I and the entire Secretariat are pleased to reintroduce it now! Let’s make this a successful GA.
UNEP is a global authority whose responsibility it is to monitor the environment across the globe and engage with governments, NGOs, and local enterprises to solve global issues and create greater equality for all.
With that said, we will be focusing in on two issues this weekend, Toxic Waste Dumping and Mitigating the Effects of Overpopulation.
Toxic waste is a critical issue that the world must tackle. Production industries, mining, aging nuclear power plants, and many other pervasive global institutions produce tons of toxic waste every year. Finding safe, environmentally-sound, and humane methods of storing this waste and disposing of it is a perennial and real issue. Historic attempts to do so have not been generally successful, leading to widespread environmental damage and harm to minority communities who were not given a voice in where the toxic waste was dumped.
Overpopulation is not getting better. The global population shows no signs of slowing its growth and this growth has been shown to be concentrated in underdeveloped and developing areas of the world. Some issues surrounding this include food security, employment, water access, and increasing gender equity. This last issue is especially pertinent, as it has been shown that increasing literacy and employment alone among women can be enough to decrease birth rates and increase reproductive autonomy.
Please be creative and informative. I like a GA that keeps me on my toes in terms of discussion and pleasantly surprises me with the results.
With that said, I look forward to a great weekend!
Chair of the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP)