United Nations Development Programme

As the United Nations lead agency on international development, UNDP works in 170 countries and territories to eradicate poverty and reduce inequality. It helps countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities, and to build resilience to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Their work is concentrated in three focus areas; sustainable development, democratic governance and peace building, and climate and disaster resilience. UNDP’s mandate is to end poverty, build democratic governance, rule of law, and inclusive institutions. They advocate for change, and connect countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life.

Topic 1: Impact of COVID-19 on Global Poverty Topic 2: The Next Generation of Data Governance

There has been an alarming rise in the number of people living under extreme poverty, COVID-19 exacerbating the situation. However, the complex links that lead to this crisis for global poverty remain underexplored. For this council, delegates will explore the incomes and living costs of vulnerable households, analyze the impact of government initiatives — such as lockdowns, examine historical trends, and debate on global preparedness and economic resilience to future pandemics. Ultimately, delegates will be required to recommend ways to alleviate the situation and provide suggestions for future crises.

Topic 2: The Next Generation of Data Governance

Organisations today are beginning to realise the value of the data they hold and generate, and are actively looking to exploit it. While there has been a lot of focus on external data to enhance business, there is still a very small proportion of organisations that come close to exploiting their internal data. The focus of traditional data governance has been on policies, procedures and roles. However, the pandemic has exposed vulnerabilities in existing methods of data governance. As a delegate in this council, one will be required to analyze and project trends in the governance of digitalization over the years, exploring emerging data governance models, and to rethink data governance for inclusive and sustainable development.