The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system, and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment.
Agenda:Innovative methods to achieve sustainable consumption and production
The world is experiencing tough years, and the more hardships it gets through, the more relentless the UN’s toil gets. However, the tribulations are not limited to the COVID-19 pandemics alone. Certain everyday issues have become even more acute and burning, and one of them is undoubtedly linked to personal well-being, which has always been the centre of attention of the UN.
In the midst of great economic crisis and immense threats posed to the public health, it is vital to ensure sustainable production and consumption. Existing technologies, however, do not fully meet the demands of time. It is high time enlightened minds came up with previously unseen, out-of-the-box solutions. Concerted efforts will help to put these innovative methods into operation.
Come along and fight for the future! The United Nations Environment Programme is looking forward to seeing you and getting a portion of your fresh ideas!
It is my honor to welcome you to Churkin Moscow International Model United Nations 2021 on behalf of the Expert of the United Nations Environment programme.
My name is Diana Riffel and I am now a 2nd year student at the Faculty of International Relations. Being a part of a team that will be curating your work over the course of the simulation is a great honor for me, especially because of a paramount importance of our current agenda.
Innovative methods to achieve sustainable consumption and production is an agenda that aims to overcome the direct link between economic growth and environmental degradation, improve resource efficiency and promote more sustainable lifestyles. It is necessary to lay the groundwork for a transformative shift to a more sustainable future, where innovation will be harnessed to tackle environmental challenges, where the ‘take, make, waste’ culture will be a thing of the past, and where development will no longer cost the Earth. That is why we aim to work on this theme during the session to detect innovative methods for achieving sustainable consumption and production, while exploring the regulation on this subject in countries worldwide.
It is up to us today, up to the new generation, to determine the future of both states and the whole world. Moreover, it is us, the delegates and organizers of the Model of the United Nations, who are to improve people’s lives and develop our society for the better! Because we are the ones who are ready to debate, expressing and proving various views, and to find the actions that will overcome the global problems.
We are looking forward to seeing you at Model UN! Together we can change the present to achieve a better future!
It is a great honour to welcome you all to the Churkin Moscow International Model United Nations as an Expert of the UN Environment Programme committee. As a senior of environmental studies and a participant of numerous simulations on environmental aspects I would like you to try yourself in solving global ecological issues.
Innovative methods to achieve sustainable consumption and production encompasses solving different socioeconomic, political and environmental issues that can result in sustainable development of communities and nations. This agenda is intertwined with the Sustainable Development Goals implementation, which are now leading the actions of many UN bodies. Experiencing different natural disasters, social crises and economic instabilities related to intense production and unconscious consumption national governments are to face acute consequences resulting in deterioration in living standards of millions of people. Therefore, our ultimate goal is to determine innovative ways to rethink consumption and production worldwide making them more efficient, environmentally friendly and socially inclusive.
Our generation is fully responsible for the actions taken right now, so we need to start addressing above-mentioned issues immediately to make progress in achieving sustainable development. We are future decision makers who will make this world a better place for our living. That means it is our agenda to think of improving people’s lives through debating, expressing and proving various cultures view in order to overcome burning issues.
We are looking forward to seeing you at Model UN! We are ready to face current challenges in order to achieve a better future!
UN Environment Programme Expert
Honorable future delegate of the UN Environment Programme! We welcome you to our committee!
Writing theses is a significant part of selection process to the committee, as it is the very first step to become a delegate. You are to write a short essay on the aforementioned agenda not presenting the country (you write as an individual). Your theses should express your opinion on the matter as well as your own ideas upon the solution of the main issue (as to why it would be effective). These are some more standards to follow when writing theses in order to advance this process:
Review the following* documents before writing theses based on the information from the sources;
Follow the structure, as your short essay should contain three paragraphs: introduction, main body and conclusion;
Use appropriate literary style and specific terminology;
Your outlined ideas should be thoroughly explained and proved with clear examples;
Do not forget to give a brief characteristic of the current situation and concise explication of the problem;
Respect the world limit: from 200 to 400 words (+- 25 words);
Use your own thoughts and words, plagiarism is unacceptable.
*Main documents on the agenda that the delegates have to know:
Honourable delegates/representatives of international organizations, A Position Paper is a policy statement in which delegates clarify the committee topics, state their representative’s position, and suggestions solutions that fall in line with their national stance. Before C-MIMUN 2021 begins, each delegation is responsible for writing a position paper for the benefit of the conference staff and more importantly their fellow delegates.
You should write position papers explaining your country’s/organization’s stance on each topic addressed in your essay. The purpose of position papers is to help you understand your nation’s/organization’s views and interests on the various issues that you will discuss during the conference. In addition to combining all of your research into a concise document, position papers will also help you remember your state’s/organization’s views throughout the course of debate. For first time MUNers, writing a position paper might look a bit intimidating. But don’t lose heart! With enough research, you will find that writing a position paper will be easy and useful.
Sample Position Paper Outline
First Paragraph : Historical context of the topic with regards to your nation’s / organization’s past policies and positions. The first section of your papers should discuss the background of the topic. It should refer to important treaties and past resolutions or initiatives that your state or your organization, respectively, has supported. This section should NOT merely be a re-statement of the background section of your thesis. Instead, it should elaborate on the issue AS YOUR COUNTRY /ORGANIZATION sees it. According to your nation / organization, what are the fundamental issues at hand? What actions has your country / organization taken to address this problem? What general positions have you taken in the past? Which actions have been successful for your nation / organization, and in what areas is further improvement needed?
Third Paragraph : What your nation/ organization specifically would recommend the committee do in order to resolve the issue. The final portion of your paper should discuss the various solutions that your state/ organization would like the UN to consider. How do you feel the UN should address this issue? What specific actions would you like to see taken? What solutions would you support in a resolution? What remedies does your country / organization oppose? Furthermore, how will your nation’s / organization’s specific stance on this issue match up with other states’ / organization’s positions? Make sure to reference the “questions a final resolution must answer” section of your essay in this section of your paper. Finally, the paragraph should summarize your country’s / organization’s proposal for addressing the issues related to this topic.It should assess the progress that has been made on this issue, describe areas for improvement, and suggest specific measures. Conclude with a strong, forward-thinking sentence. At the conference, you can refer to these statements in your speeches and negotiate to have them included in draft resolutions.
The general format of position papers is one to two pages for each topic area, single spaced.
First of all, there must be a clear statement giving your state’s / organization’s position on the topic. Include a brief and well-defined policy statement on the topic, clearly displaying the views of the nation / organization you’re representing.
Try to briefly underline the relationship your delegation currently has, has had in the past, and aims to have in the future, with regards to the topic.
Recommend actions in order to settle the issue. In this case, bear in mind the country’s/ organization’s policy, as solutions and policy should be hand in hand.
Remember policy is not rigid but malleable and flexible, and positions are not entrenched and fixed. If that were the case, diplomacy would be at a loss.
Go into depth, stating best solutions and second best options since you clearly have more than one solution. The more solutions/flexibility you have, the easier it will be for you to move amidst the problem areas and to reach an agreement with your fellow delegates.
Remember that you have to represent the position of your assigned country / organization. Therefore you should not speak in the first person (“I”) , but with the voice of the country you represent. Use the following phrases: “Our Government / Nation/Organization”, “The Delegation of France.”
You may offer your own ideas on the solution to the problem, but bear in mind that the ideas that you present the committee with, should not contradict the policies of the state / organization you represent.
Do not stop preparation after finishing the position papers and check regularly before the conference if your nation’s / organization’s position has remained the same. In case major changes occur, notify the Chairperson and integrate them. In case the Chairperson notices changes in official policy, he/she will notify you of the same and ask you to make changes. The policy paper once sent to the Chairperson will be checked and sent back for corrections.
Your effort and commitment are highly appreciated. Please keep in mind one simple rule about MUNs: The better you prepare the more fun and experience you will have. We are looking forward to seeing you in Moscow in April and hope for fruitful debates as well as a successful conference.