Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations established in 1945 that leads international efforts to defeat hunger.

Its goal is to achieve food security for all and make sure that people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives. Since 2010 all of FAO’s work is guided by a Strategic Framework, with the latest reviewed Strategic Framework 2022-2031. Being concentrated on more efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable agri-food systems, it raises the issues of better production, better nutrition, a better environment, and a better life.

Agenda: Habitat destruction caused by human agricultural activities

Honorable delegates!

 

It is a great pleasure to greet you as the FAO President! Our world is facing numerous issues and, unfortunately, we ourselves can create the challenges for our planet. 

Since the ancient times, the humanity has actively enjoyed the benefits of and developed the agriculture. Each century the used areas expanded, scientific progress presented new farming implements and technologies, the impact on biodiversity became more significant. Within the last century, unregulated and thoughtless use of lands for agricultural purposes endangered numerous wildlife species and their habitats, that consequently increased the environmental vulnerability of the planet.

Choosing FAO, you join the discussion about sustainable agriculture and preservation of habitats that can create the balance between human needs and wildlife. There’s no second Earth and our actions shouldn’t harm the one we live on. 

While you elaborate the solutions and actions for that, me and my colleague will guide you through all the stages of our Council work.

 

Sincerely yours,

Polina Dolgopolova,

FAO President

Distinguished delegates,

 

It is my greatest pleasure to welcome you to FAO MIMUN 2023 as your Vice President! 

 

My name is Panita. I am a 3rd-year student from Laos studying international relations at MGIMO. 

 

As the global population continues to grow, increasing to a projected nine billion people by 2050, agricultural demand continues to increase. However, humanity’s progress has come at a considerable cost to the environment. These extensive agricultural activities are causing habitat destruction, which poses major welfare risks that lead to the devastation of the ecosystem. The imbalance of ecosystems causes extinction for various plants and animal species. Therefore, it is crucial that we protect the biodiversity that supports all life on Earth, including humans while ensuring food and water security through sustainable practices. Agriculture should contribute to improving living standards socially, economically, and environmentally. With that being said, as the Vice President, I look forward to meeting all our future delegates with the confidence that we could achieve a constructive resolution with a clear vision to create a promising future for all living creatures.

 

Best regards,

Panita Huangphachan

FAO Vice-President

Esteemed delegates!

 

It is a great honor for me to welcome you to C-MIMUN 2023 and be your expert at FAO Сommittee. I am a fourth-year student at the Institute of International Trade and Sustainable Development at MGIMO.

The agenda of our committee is inseparably linked to the concept of sustainable development. The global community is trying to implement the principles of responsible consumption and pay more attention to the interaction between the economy, humanity and nature.

Dear delegates, I sincerely hope that you are not indifferent to the existing problems and are ready to investigate the causes and consequences of unsustainable economic activities. It would be great if during the meetings you could not only propose conservation measures, but also learn more about international cooperation, practice your English and diplomatic skills, and meet people as inspired and intelligent as you certainly are. Good luck!

 

Yours sincerely,

Tatiana Viktorko

FAO Expert

Dear delegates!

 

My name is Alexandra Belinskaya, I am a second-year environmental science student. It is an honor to welcome people who are not indifferent to the problems facing society today to FAO C-MIMUN 2023!
The goal of our meetings is to pass a resolution to reduce the effects of human activity.
I hope you are interested in the issue, and I’m sure you will make new good acquaintances here, develop your personal qualities and perform at your best. We, in turn, will do everything we can to create an environment where you feel most comfortable working and showing your full potential.
We wish you good luck constructive ideas and productive meetings!

 

Sincerely yours,

Alexandra Belinskaya,

FAO expert

Dear delegates!

This essay represents a short analysis of the Report of the Expert based on your own opinion. 

There are some criteria to write a good essay that will be accepted by the Expert:

Structure

  • Your work should count 200-300 words on the average. (+-10%)
  • Your work should be divided into 3 parts: the introduction, the main body, the conclusion. 
  1. The introduction describes the agenda in general. 
  2. The main body requires you to show the knowledge of the Expert Report. 
  3. The conclusion is a part where you can show you ideas 

Requirements

  • Principles of a good essay: focus on current situation, development of ideas mentioned in the Report, unity, coherence, and correctness
  • Your essay should represent your own opinion on the issue (with description of the current situation, measures taken by the UN), not the position of a particular country.
  • You should carefully examine the Report of the Expert in order to write the essay in accordance with the agenda.
  • Your work should be written in official style and be informative.
  • Avoid plagiarism!

Helpful questions you may ask yourself

Why is habitat destruction a problem? Who does suffer from it? Is it possible to solve the problem? Are there any obstacles preventing problem solving?

Good luck!

Dear delegates,

After writing an essay, accepted by the Expert, and passing an interview, you will be distributed a country or an organization from the list of observers for its presentation at the Churkin Moscow International Model United Nations 2023. The next stage of pre-model work is writing a Position Paper which represents a quite short speech in which delegates are to state their representative’s position on the agenda and suggest solutions that fall in line with their national stance. If you want to add some your own ideas to the position of a represented state/organization, they can’t contradict their official course, statements of the officials and the UN Charter, for sure.

Your Position Paper should be clear, well-structured and informative. The volume of your report remains at your discretion, though, in general, it varies from 1 to 2 sheets A4 (Times New Roman, 14 font). 

Please, remember about time limit for speaking that will be set up during the conference! 

P.s. This concerns only the document that you are going to send to the Expert. You can prepare any amount of written text to use during the work at the conference but in the Position Paper you need only to clarify your state’s/organization’s view of the agenda. 

Writing a Position Paper will help you examine the agenda deeper, understand better the views of the country/organization, distributed to you, and prepare yourself for the upcoming session. For those of you, who take part in the MUN for the first time, this might seem a bit intimidating but it’s extremely important for a fruitful work during the conference.

According to our committee’s agenda (Habitat destruction caused by human agricultural activities), we advise you to research and present the following aspects in your Position Paper:

  • Geographical characteristics of the country (especially climate conditions, the size of the area used for agriculture, water availability)
  • Some information on the economy of the state: the level of economic development; the share of people employed in agriculture
  • Ecological problems connected with natural resources (water, soil etc.) used in agriculture
  • Stable of ecosystems (existing challenges, for example, threat for endangered species or biodiversity loss)
  • Peculiarities of the agricultural policy of the state
  • Measures taken/suggested by a national government/organization in the field of agriculture and nature restoration
  • The information about membership in the International Organizations mentioned in the Report of the Expert
  • A list of theses to include in the Resolution, suggested by your delegation (what you would like to suggest to the International Community). 

For the delegates, representing observers, may be useful to research:

  • The history of the represented Organization, it’s credentials and competence.
  • The mechanisms of interaction with its members.

You shouldn’t do the following:

    • Completely retell the content of the Expert’s Report.
  • You hadn’t better trust Wikipedia as it isn’t a reliable source!

To prepare yourself better you can use the following sources:

We hope this information will be useful for you during preparation for the conference. We wish you fruitful and interesting work! See you in the fields of the C-MIMUN 2023!

 Country list:Representative:
1Afghanistan
2Angola
3Argentina
4Australia
5Bahamas
6Bangladesh
7Belarus
8Bosnia and Herzegovina
9Brazil
10Cameroon
11Canada
12Chile
13China
14Congo
15Costa Rica
16Côte d’Ivoire
17Egypt
18Equatorial Guinea
19Eritrea
20Ethiopia
21France
22Germany
23Guatemala
24Guinea
25India
26Indonesia
27Iraq
28Israel
29Japan
30Kenya
31Kuwait
32Luxembourg
33Malaysia
34Mauritania
35Mexico
36NetherlandsPresident
37Nicaragua
38Pakistan
39Peru
40Philippines
41Qatar
42Republic of Korea
43Russian Federation
44Saudi Arabia
45Slovenia
46South Africa
47Sweden
48Tunisia
49United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
50United States of America
Observers
1European Union (EU)
2International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
3International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural resources (IUCN)
4World Wildlife Fund (WWF)