United Nations Environment Programme

UNEP Study Guide RMUN 2018

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Water is an essential resource for human life, without which one can only survive for a matter of days. The water crisis in Africa is the most acute, as it is afflicted with the pressures that come with high water usage, rampant poverty and the underdevelopment of infrastructure. In late 2017, Cape Town – a city renowned for its world class water resource planning – became the first major city in the world at risk of running out of potable water. The threat of Day Zero looms, where the city would be forced to turn off all non-essential water supplies and deploy police to ration pipes just to control the usage of potable water. Delegates of the United Nations Environment Programme need to be wholly aware of the vast ramifications that the lack of this invaluable resource will bring about, and take on the mantle of devising innovative solutions to alleviate the water crisis, revive the ailing agricultural industry, and deter conflicts that may possibly arise over interstate aquifers and water bodies.

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Agriculture not only plays an integral role in developing economies, but has garnered economic clout in developed economies as well. Yet, this food source is heavily reliant on the climate, where minute changes in temperature or precipitation patterns may threaten crop yields. The disruption in agricultural processes causes a shortage in the supply of produce, which will then influence global food prices and food distribution, threatening the food security of the world’s most vulnerable populations.

Delegates of the United Nations Environment Programme will have to consider the wide-ranging impact that the fall in crop yields would entail for food security, and also devise measures that would support the ailing agricultural industry, keeping in mind that rural families depend on agriculture for their livelihoods.

Head Chair: Calista Chong Jia Ning

Co-chairs: Audity Binta Tareq, Sadia Tasneem

SECR_CalistaCalista is a Y6 student in the Humanities Programme. Besides vetting study guides in the capacity of Deputy Secretary-General, Calista is also pleased to be doubling up as chair of the United Nations Environment Programme, and writing one of her own in the process. Besides being a member of the History and Strategic Affairs Society, she also writes for the school’s journalism society, Raffles Press. In the free time that she finds by procrastinating on school work, she sustains herself by watching adorable baby and animal clips on Instagram, or listening to jazz and pop. She hopes that delegates take a meaningful interest in the affairs that the committee will discuss, and most importantly, leave the conference having made at least a new friend.

WhatsApp Image 2018-05-19 at 11.54.48Audity (was) a student in Raffles Institution. Having graduated last year, she has since been enjoying her new found freedom by adhering to a very rigorous netflix schedule and doing a plethora of important things such as (procrastinating) learning driving and coming back to help out at RMUN because who can say no to the angelic faces of her HSTA juniors? Having attended an X number of conferences (she has lost count), both as a delegate and a chair, she is excited to be able to step into the MUN scene once again after a hiatus. She hopes that she will be able to make RMUN 2018 an enjoyable conference for all delegates in the council.

WhatsApp Image 2018-05-19 at 11.54.34Sadia Tasneem (was also) a student in Raffles Institution. After graduation, she has been spending most of her time working a part time job (and spending her pay immediately after she gets it). She enjoys reminiscing about the plethora of activities she was involved in before graduation (MUN being one of them) and wondering why she has not done anything productive since. She is thus eager to return and even postponed her basic theory test for driving so as to comfortably fulfill her chairing duties at RMUN 2018. Having attended a number of conferences (that she cannot remember as well) in various capacities, she wishes to impart some of the knowledge she has gained along the way to the younger generation.