United Nations Environmental Programme

Specialized

Topic A

Transboundary Air Pollution

With air pollution being the cause of one in nine deaths globally, its prevalence in today’s deteriorating environment is monumental. Air pollution is not a particularly new phenomenon. Since the industrial revolution in London in the 18th and 19th century, humans have only been worsening the quality of air with little reparations and steps taken to be more eco-friendly. Claimed by the latest report by the UN Environment Assembly as “the world’s single greatest environmental risk to health” , transboundary air pollution not only affects the region in which pollution is the most concentrated, but has the ability to travel beyond national borders through global wind currents and disseminate their harmful toxins to every corner of the world.

Topic B

Increasing Resilience Against Natural Disasters

As the global climate rises, more and more natural phenomena and disasters have been triggered globally. From droughts in the Middle East to Tsunamis and Earthquakes in Asia, natural disasters have wreaked havoc across the globe. With the rising frequency of natural disasters, there has been a growing need for more prevention tactics.

In 1989, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted Resolution 44/236, which called for the creation of the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction (IDNDR), which launched on January 1, 1990. This preventative measure highlighted the significance of climate change and the impact of natural disasters on nations. In recent years, the frequency of natural disasters has increased despite the attempts to ameliorate the environment. Thus, the main goals of developing resilience against natural disasters has come down to a couple of factors: improving mitigatory capacities through the use of warning systems, promoting scientific and technological knowledge on disaster prevention, and establishing evacuation and diagnostic protocols.

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Dais team

Nikki Wu

Director

Angel Yuan

Chair

Mikael Borres

Assistant Director

About

UNEP

Since its inception in 1972, the United Nations Environmental Programme has become the responsible actor in most environmental programmes in the United Nations. The UNEP tackles a variety of problems related to the environment. Due to the broad nature of the committee, it usually deals with issues related to the environment and leaves specific issues such as climate change and desertification to other UN committees. In the past, UNEP has worked with UN organs such as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to combat particular issues such as global warming. Currently, UNEP is the lead body on climate change, sustainable development, biodiversity, environmental governance, harmful substances, and resource efficiency. Its mission since the beginning is to provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations. This committee has held its ground as one of the most influential UN bodies.