UN Environment Programme
The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) is the leading advocate for the global environment and
supports implementation of the UN's sustainable development agenda. UNEP uses its expertise to
strengthen environmental standards and helps to put these into practice at the country, regional and
global levels. Its mission is to provide leadership, encourage partnerships and deliver solutions on a
range of environmental issues including climate change, disasters, ecosystem management, resource
efficiency and green economic development.
Topic 1: Strengthening disaster preparedness and relief assistance
Climate disasters, including extreme rainfall in China, brutal droughts in the US, and wildfires from Siberia to Greece, ravaged every corner of the globe in 2021. With natural disasters driven by climate change becoming inevitable, countries need to ensure their cities and communities adapt by building stronger national capabilities for monitoring, warning, and risk reduction. The international community also has a lot of work to do in improving the coordination of relief efforts to provide timely and effective assistance like ground support and financial aid. Delegates could also consider the question of climate refugees, a challenge that is yet to be officially addressed by the UN, and discuss the related responsibilities of their nations and potential international protection mechanisms.
Topic 2: Promoting sustainable production and consumption