UNDP: United Nations Development Programme
Welcome to the UNDP Committee at SCMUN 2018!
The United Nations Development Programme is tasked with improving the world by ending the major threats to humanity and improving the quality of life for all. They do so by implementing the Sustainable Development Goals, a group of 15 goals that the organization believes are the most important issues humanity needs to fix by 2030.
Topic A: Gender Equality (Sustainable Development Goal 5)
Women are the largest group of people that faces discrimination worldwide. Across continents, women are victims to sexual violence, discrimination, and lack of representation. They also have unique health needs which often are critical to establishing their independence. However, the most universal issue that must be tackled for women is the extremely high unemployment rates they face in comparison to men, and the lack of job opportunities available to them, especially in higher level and skilled positions. This topic covers many different issues from labor to health to personal security, and countries must solve these issues for women as a critical step in creating a fair and equitable society for all.
Topic B: Responsible Consumption and Production (Sustainable Development Goal 12)
Many individuals limit environmental issues to climate change alone, but much of the damage of the environment can be tied to excessive resource extraction and waste. This includes greenhouse gasses, but also includes the production of trash and hazardous chemicals. In certain regions such as East Asia, there has been a recent increase in the amount of resources used in production of domestic goods from 2000 to 2010 from 1.2 kg to 1.3 kg per unit of GDP. Increases like this, if not managed, will lead to widespread economic crisis if the earth exhausts its economic resources. It also can lead to adverse effects to climate and health due to toxins released into the water and air. This committee will be tasked with addressing such issues, and ensuring that states be responsible in their production and consumption.