North Model United Nations 2020

United Nations Development Programme


The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) works in over 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. They help countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and build resilience in order to sustain development results.

UNDP strives to unite nations together by advocating for peacebuilding within government, sustainable development in all global aspects from climate change to agriculture, in addition to disaster support and rebuild advice for nations frequently plagued by natural disasters. UNDP focuses on approaches called the Signature Solutions which include keeping people out of poverty and crisis mitigation. UNDP is open to all sources of financing regardless if it is public or private, international or domestic, anything to serve as the means to accomplish the United Nations’ Social Development Goals (SDGs). It sees itself especially promoting human rights for women, minorities, the poorest and most vulnerable.

UNDP is an intermediate level committee. It is recommended that delegates wishing to register for this committee have some prior experience with Model UN. Position papers are highly recommended and must be submitted if the delegate wishes to be eligible for an award. Questions, inquiries, and position papers for this committee can be emailed to

Climate Change and the Global Energy Crisis

With the rapidly growing population, the world may be facing its greatest global climate crisis yet. From rising sea temperatures to frequent natural disasters, climate change is threatening the global atmosphere and economy. Fossil fuel burning is causing emissions of carbon dioxide into the Earth’s atmosphere, which in turn is causing global temperatures to rise significantly over the last decade. Fossil fuels fuel over 80% of the world’s demand of energy, yet that energy demand is expected to grow by almost half by 2030. It is estimated that the consequences of these climate changes could cause more than 300 million people to sink into extreme poverty or be displaced by 2030. The overdependence and overexploitation of natural resources has also caused conflicts and protests around the world, most prominently in the Middle East region where tensions are rising tremendously over the renounced oil industry. Over 80% of the world’s oil reserves are concentrated in Africa, Russia, the Caspian Basin, and the Persian Gulf, while over half of the world’s remaining gas reserves are limited to Russia, Iran, and Qatar. However, some of these countries are known to be politically unstable, causing other governments (such as the US) to extract their dependence from those countries by developing their own new technology (eg:home-grown biofuels). Fortunately, the wide range of new and unconventional technology from solar to tar sands may be the solution to more sustainable energy.

UNDP works with governments by investing nearly $2.1 billion USD to early warning systems, new improved policies, and long-term resilient recovery on nature disasters.These new technologies and energy sources that reduce GHG are crucial in providing communities with water, social services like health and education, transport and communication. It also plays a critical role in regenerating rural economies. UNDP is working with governments and other sectors to create a more concrete, long-term vision comprehensive action plan. Albeit there has been a number of conferences in the past such as the Paris Agreement, UNDP encourages the global community to prioritize resources toward Long-Term Climate Strategies to fulfil the need for sustainable and affordable energy.


Byron Edwardson | Director

A Junior attending Abbotsford Senior Secondary, Byron is ecstatic to serve as the director of the UNDP for NorthMUN 2019. Beginning his journey in Grade 9, a change in schools led him to the creation of his own Model United Nations Club, which has continued to grow since its inception. He loves the competitive aspect of Model UN, but continues to value experiences that it offers just as much as any outcome. Besides Model UN, Byron finds himself reading Nietzsche, playing guitar, managing various projects, or catching up on IB homework while attempting to maintain a social life. He is delighted to serve as the director of the UNDP!


Jessica Yao | Chair

Jessica is a Grade 11 student at Semiahmoo Secondary and is beyond thrilled to serve as chair for UNDP at NMUN. In the fifteen months that she has been in the MUN community, she was able to grow from a shy and easily intimidated delegate to a more confident and open minded individual (albeit one still easily intimidated by loud noises). MUN provided a platform for her to connect with other talented individuals, to explore global issues and to challenge her problem-solving skills with her new friends. Outside of Model UN, Jessica can be found cuddling cats, hibernating with a book, convincing herself to run in the rain, or planning birthday surprises for her friends. She looks forward to meeting everyone this April!


Kathy Wu | Assistant Director

Kathy currently attends Burnaby South and is honoured to be the Assistant Director for this years United Nations Development Programme. Although her MUN journey started not that long ago, the passionate debates and world issues have kept her intrigued and captivated. Outside of MUN you can find her playing Ultimate Frisbee, sleeping, and drinking bubble tea by the gallon. Kathy looks forward to meeting everyone and creating memorable experiences for the delegates at this years NorthMUN!