The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the leading global authority on the environment since its establishment in 1972. Its mission is to inspire, inform, and enable nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations. UNEP supports its 193 Member States to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and live in harmony with nature.
For over 50 years, UNEP has worked with governments, civil society, the private sector and UN entities to address humanity’s most pressing environmental challenges. Protecting the world’s seas and promoting a green, inclusive economy are among them. UN Environment assists countries in approving the effectiveness and equitable use of marine protected areas by providing technical expertise and capacity building support on governance of marine protected areas, and their use within wider integrated ocean and coastal management systems.
Agenda:Protecting Marine Ecosystems for Sustainable Development
It is a great pleasure to greet you as the UNEP President!
Our Earth is called a “blue planet” for a reason. More than 70 percent of its surface is covered with seas and oceans. What is more, the majority of oxygen necessary for the humanity is generated underwater.
In 2015, protection of oceans and seas was outlined in a stand-alone SDG 14 – Life below water. Oceans, seas and other marine resources are essential to human well-being and social and economic development worldwide. Their conservation and sustainable use are central to achieving the 2030 Agenda, especially for small island developing States. Up to 2023, oceans and coastal areas are still extremely vulnerable to environmental degradation, overfishing, climate change and pollution.
By joining UNEP, you enter the discussion of ocean life, underwater ecosystems, preservation of marine resources, and Sustainable Development Goals achievement. While you elaborate the solutions and actions for that, me and my colleagues will guide you through all the stages of UNEP’s work.
My name is Tatiana Viktorko and I am very pleased to welcome you to the twenty-fifth anniversary Model UN, which will be hosted by MGIMO. Over the years, a community of people who care about the work of the United Nations and who really want to change the world for the better together has been formed. For a decade and a half, dozens of burning issues have been discussed, because the most important thing in diplomacy is the dialog.
Among the variety of committees, I would like to emphasize those whose agenda dealt with responsible management of nature and sustainable development. It’s incredibly important to take care of our habitat, our entire planet, as the population grows and more problems need to be solved. This year we will be discussing marine ecosystems and working together to find solutions to current challenges. As the seas and oceans are a key factor affecting life on the planet, we must protect these vast spaces that provide us with oxygen, food and other benefits.
We are delighted to welcome everyone to the UNEP committee. May your time on the committee be a wonderful experience, and may you gain experience and contribute to solving global environmental problems. See you at the UNEP meetings !
My name is Emilia Tarasova and it is with great pleasure that I welcome you as a UNEP expert at C-MIMUN-24!
This year’s UNEP agenda is one of the utmost importance, as it aligns with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal №14. International cooperation on the issue is key for ensuring a worldwide implementation of an environment-based approach to marine ecosystem management. I encourage you to delve into the topic while preparing for the Model and to get yourself familiar with the peculiarities of the country assigned to you. Keep in mind that the success of our work hugely depends on your knowledge and desire to get to the bottom of things.
C-MIMUN is a place where curious and driven people gather, so I’m sure that by the end of the Model you will have found dozens of new friends and like-minded peers.
I hope that you will find your C-MIMUN experience both educating and entertaining. In the meantime, my colleagues and I will do our best to ensure a friendly environment and fruitful cooperation at all times.
Looking forward to meeting you in person!
I invite you to spend one of the best weeks in your life full of productive work, new people, heated debates, resolutions and emotions!
Just for some time take an important role on you which can help in getting closer to your dream. See the world in a new way or propose to others to see it from your own view, do not be afraid to create something previously unknown. Make mistakes, but always try to find other ways to solve the problem. Speak from your heart, open your mind, because limits are only in our heads.
So, I am waiting for your great ideas on how to change this world, and how to make it better. Remember that your are not alone in your path. There may be dozens of such ideas, and there may be hundreds, thousands, or even millions of people who support your thoughts, offer their own, sometimes separately to yours, but who still help to come to a solution together. This is about the model of the United Nations. We are about the world and peace in this beautiful world.
From now you can be considered as a part of our big model family. Choose your side and may the force be with you!
Look forward to seeing you as soon as possible!
United Nations Environment Programme Expert
Writing an essay
To become a Churkin Moscow International Model UN delegate one should demonstrate a thorough understanding of the Committee’s agenda, as well as a high degree of elaboration of the supplementary materials submitted for study. Writing an essay is the first step in the selection process and plays a key role in the formation of the Committee.
Recommendations for writing an essay
In order to write a quality paper, it is necessary to:r
Familiarise yourself with the agenda: a preliminary study of the global issue will help form an initial idea of the Committee’s agenda.
Examine the Expert’s Report: a structured description of the international problem, its relevance and significance will improve the logical presentation of thought in the thesis writing process.
Argumentatively and logically state the relevance of the problem: Writing an essay involves a structured description of the problem, its causes and consequences.
Support data with statistical information and international agreements: a general understanding of the problem needs to be substantiated with reliable quantitative and qualitative information.
Check the style: the essay should be written in a formal business style.
Volume: 300-500 words.
Originality: at least 80%
Structured and logical presentation of thought.
Use of official sources.
Provision of reference sources.
Introduction. The introduction should provide general information on the agenda and consider its relevance.
Main part. The main part should reflect your understanding of the subpoena, your ability to highlight key statements and identify cause and effect relationships.
Conclusion. The final part is a conclusion and may contain your opinion on the issue at hand and ideas for solving the international problem.
Writing a position statement
A position statement is a formal expression of a particular state’s view on a particular international issue within a meeting of the United Nations system. The position statement reflects the state’s opinion and interests in the international arena and its strategic approach to addressing global challenges.
Recommendations for preparing a position statement
Familiarise yourself with the relevance of the agenda in the state you represent. To do this, look at the websites of agencies, non-profit organisations working on the issue. Review scholarly articles on the relevance of the agenda in the country or region. In addition, relevant information may be reflected in media publications. However, the state’s position must be based on credible sources.
Consider the state’s position through speeches at United Nations meetings. Verbatim records of meetings provide valuable information regarding the state’s perspective on international issues.
Examine the state’s contribution to the problem. To do this, consider the country’s status in international agreements as well as accountability for treaty compliance.
Provide some bullet points on the relevance of the problem to the state, the country’s key activities in addressing the global problem, and the major challenges in achieving the goals and solutions.
Systematise the theses and present them logically in a coherent speech format. Make sure that the speech is in business style and does not contain aggressive or provoking statements.
The speech should be designed to take between 2 and 5 minutes.
Originality: at least 80%
Structured and logical presentation.
Use of official sources.
The position statement is formatted in a document and sent to an expert via the Committee’s mail for verification.