Committee Name: United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)
Organ: General Assemblies
Undersecretary-General: Claudia Alonso
Deputy Undersecretary-General: Bilva Chandra
Chair: Omar Torres
Topic A: Sustainable Infrastructure in Panama
Topic B: Disaster Management and Risk Reduction in the Philippines
The Topic Abstract for this committee can be accessed here.
A Letter from the Chair
Welcome to the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)! As the operational arm of the UN supporting the implementation of peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world, UNOPS’s main goals of sustainability and development will be the leading ideas of this committee. The first topic we will discuss is developing sustainable infrastructure in Panama. UNOPS has supported several partners in Panama since 2007. Most recently, they aided with the plan of the Humanitarian Hub of the Americas proposed by the Government of Panama. UNOPS has also supported other health-related infrastructure projects helping the country build hospitals and train staff. This topic will focus on the challenges, possible solutions and implications of improving infrastructure in Panama.
We will also be discussing disaster management and risk reduction in the Philippines. Through its Disaster Risk Reduction for Resilience (DR4RR), UNOPS aims to build resilience to natural hazards. The Philippines is extremely vulnerable to natural disasters and understanding how to better the conditions in the country is crucial. This topic will analyze how to reduce the potential impact of natural hazards in the country, how to promote better infrastructure practices to diminish damage, and how to provide Philippines with the necessary tools to react to the unexpected dangers of nature.
We expect a high level of debate and innovative solutions to these issues. We look forward to welcoming you to NAIMUN! Should you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact either Zach Oschin or me.