UNEP: United Nations Environment Programme
Welcome to the UNEP Committee at SCMUN 2018!
The United Nations Environment Programme is an agency of the UN tasked with developing environmentally-focused policies for its member-states, particularly developing countries. Also called UN Environment, the committee will be tasked with considering pressing global environmental issues and developing sustainable plans to improve ecological and environmental conditions worldwide.
*Please note this committee will only be in session on 03/25/18 and is designed for middle school delegates.
Topic: Zoonotic Diseases
Zoonotic diseases are passed from animals to humans and are a rising concern worldwide. Recent examples include Ebola, bird flu, Middle East respiratory syndrome, Rift Valley fever and the Zika virus disease. Evidence suggests a linkage between zoonotic diseases and the health of our ecosystems. Wildlife reservoirs serve as hosts to the pathogens that breed these diseases, rendering it vital to establish mechanisms by which to control and contain these pathogens. It is also important to invest in exploring ways to prevent them altogether, as emerging diseases are also highly costly. In the last 20 years alone, these diseases have amounted to costs of more than $100 billion. Medical services and treatments need to be swiftly developed and deployed to regions affected by these diseases to prevent the loss of human life and further spreading. More importantly, a sustainable plan to improve global environmental conditions must be created to stop the onset of these diseases in the first place.