The United Nations Environment Programme is a United Nations body charged with coordinating global environmental activities which promote sustainable development and sound public policies. The UNEP develops international instruments and encourages partnerships between member countries in order to achieve its goals. The agency is part of several Implementing Agencies and seeks to protect future generations without neglecting current ones. Delegates in this committee will have the opportunity to use an innovative approach to examine and discuss two unique topics.
Encouraging Sustainable Development Within the Tourism Industry
For many developing and developed countries, tourism is an important and growing industry, yet also one with the potential to adversely affect the environment. Ill-managed tourism can often lead to crises such as deforestation or over-consumption of resources, while a focus on sustainable tourism has the potential to help different economies. While the development of sustainable tourism certainly has its challenges, it is an interesting and incredibly relevant topic of discussion. It has the potential to support local economies and decrease poverty, if correctly guided by the delegates of the UNEP.
Implementing an integrated approach to ecosystems management
The UNEP has improved public accessibility to information regarding efficient ecosystem management, by sharing online research results, and has played a large role in helping create educational frameworks on environmental issues. A key issue facing the committee is helping implement education strategies for all career paths and the critical role each plays in the future of a sustainable environment. By addressing methods of implementing and engaging students from all professional fields in the importance of environmental sustainability, delegates can look at ways to build a stronger, greener economies around the world.
KATELYNN WYNEN | DIRECTOR
Katelynn is a third year University of Ottawa Political Science and Economics student. Having just spent a semester abroad at Sciences Po University in Paris, she is passionate about international relations and environmental sustainability. She has also spent time working with both the Library of Parliament and the Ministry of Indigenous and Northern Affairs of Canada. Since her first year of university, she has participated in Model United Nations conferences including Queen’s Model United Nations Invitational, the McGill Model United Nations Assembly, and the Oxford International Model United Nations. After having first participated as a delegate at CANIMUN in first year, Katelynn volunteered as a staff member at the 2016 Capital Model United Nations Conference, and is now thrilled to be chairing the CANIMUN 2017 UNEP.
PRIYANKA GOEL | CHAIR
Priyanka is in her third year of a Bachelor of Science at the University of Ottawa. Her passion for science motivated her to first participate in MWHO conferences, and then extend her participation to MUN conferences as well. She has been active in MUN since high school where she participated in various conferences across North America. Once she joined the University of Ottawa, she became Director of the MWHO Organization. She is currently organizing a University of Ottawa MWHO conference that will be held in September 2017. She has attended numerous MUN conference, representing different countries participating in different bodies of the UN. For CANIMUN 2017, she will be the Chair of UNEP for CANIMUN 2017 where she will use scientific evidence to ensure delegates create environmentally sustainable resolutions for all countries.