Committee Information

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

Dear Delegates,

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!

Hoya Saxa,

Allen Easterling

Chair of the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP)

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About the Chair

Allen Easterling is from Baltimore, Maryland, and he is so excited to chair UNEP this year! He is a Junior in the SFS, majoring in Regional and Comparative Studies with a focus on the Middle East and minoring in Arabic. Along this line, he is spending Summer and Fall of 2017 in Amman, Jordan. In addition to NAIMUN, he is very involved in the Philodemic Society and is a Student Assistant at the LGBTQ Resource Center. I have been a part of the DISEC Dais for the past two years, so his main experience with MUN is in the GA organ. He loved NAIMUN every time he went as a delegate, and he pledges to strive to make sure that each delegate has a great experience! He looks forward to meeting everybody at the Washington Hilton this February.

Learning Goals

NAIMUN strives to provide the most well-rounded educational and enjoyable experience to delegates. The learning goals for UNEP are as follows. Delegates will:  

  • Understand the importance of environmental policy in the protection against global warming
  • Comprehend why low income and minority communities are usually those who are most affected by toxic waste dumping
  • See the interconnection between a country’s economic growth and the environmental regulations implemented in said country