Novice United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)


Novice United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

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Chair: Samantha Wolf


1. Regulation of Biotechnology

2. Global Deforestation

Letter from the Chair

Hello delegates! It is my pleasure to introduce you to the Novice United Nations Environment Programme committee (Novice UNEP) at BruinMUN XXV.

My name is Sam, and I will be your committee chair. I am a third-year Communication Studies major with a minor in Film and Digital Media. I love learning about how we communicate with each other, from basic face-to-face interactions to complex matters of international diplomacy. I was a MUN delegate for four years in high school, and I have staffed BruinMUN and LAMUN at UCLA as well as competed on the travel team at UCLA. Outside of MUN, I am involved in UCLA student government, a kids’ screenwriting mentorship program, the Undergraduate Communication Association, and several film societies. I enjoy reading, blogging, eating vegan ice cream, hammocking, and making matcha lattes. Talk to me about movies and music!

The United Nations Environment Programme, although popular, is often overlooked. Issues regarding global climate and sustainability can be difficult to tackle because they affect the entire world, but no one body has sovereignty over everything. The environment plays a large role in politics, social work, and health care, meaning that we have a large task ahead of us.

We will be discussing two topics: regulation of biotechnology and global deforestation. It will be important for each one of you to understand how your specific country is affected by the issues we discuss, as well as what resources you can offer to others, if any. Biotechnology is under-researched but plays an important role in today’s agriculture - more and more crops are using genetic modification during the growing process. Is this ethical, and does it have more benefits or risks? Global deforestation has been an important industrial process for centuries. Now, we are starting to really see the absence of forests take a toll on local environments. What are the current and expected outcomes of this, and what can we do now to preserve our forests in the future?

This is a novice committee, which means that many of you are new to Model United Nations entirely. MUN has been such a staple of my high school and college experience, and I hope you will find that you have a place here as well. If you need any advice on writing a position paper, general speaking tips, or even how a committee runs, you can always email me. We will also be going over basic procedures in the beginning of the conference to make sure everyone is on the same page. What I like about MUN is that it brings together people from completely different interests, backgrounds and skill sets to work toward a common goal. You should be excited!

I can’t wait to see what we accomplish together. Good luck with your research, and please feel free to email me with any questions you may have. See you soon.


Samantha Wolf | Chair