Chair: Taylor Lee
USG: Prannoiy Chandran
Topic A: Mitigating the Threat of Rising Ocean Temperatures to Marine Ecosystems
Topic B: Responding to the Threat Posed by Invasive Species to Biodiversity
Committee Type: Dual Delegation
I am incredibly excited to meet each and every one of you. My name is Taylor Lee, and I will be your Chair for Novice UNEP this year at BruinMUN. I will be embarking upon my fourth year at UCLA, and I am studying Math and Economics, with a minor in Film/TV. I have been involved in Model United Nations since high school, and my passion for international affairs has only grown since then. I believe that the skills you learn in MUN are those that will be applicable to any and everything you do - from writing papers in school to communicating effectively to improving your own personal understanding of world politics.
This year you have all chosen to be a part of a very important committee - the United Nations Environmental Programme. Currently in world politics, there is heated debate about how to save the environment, and whether climate change even exists. US President Trump’s pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord as well as rising skepticism towards climate change is a threat to the mission of this committee. Each of you represent a particular nation with its own policies and interests, but together we will work towards a common goal - creating resolutions that will ultimately benefit our planet for years to come. I truly believe that it is up to our generation - you and me - to prioritize the environment before it becomes too late.
If this is your first Model UN conference, I encourage you to challenge yourself! Whether it is raising your placard even more during committee, or stepping up as a leader in resolution groups, you can do it! When I started in Model UN, it took some time to understand all of the terminology and become confident in my speaking abilities, but the reason I love MUN is because I continued to challenge myself to speak more and work closely with other delegates.
I became especially interested in the work of UNEP after reading the book The Sixth Mass Extinction (which I would highly recommend) which details how current environmental trends show that the world is on its way to another mass extinction event, this time due to human activity. This gloomy depiction of the future is a shocking reminder of how quickly we need to change our environmental behavior. Together we will address this urgency.
Thank you for taking this opportunity to step out of your comfort zone, to challenge yourself, and most importantly to expand your understanding of important world issues. I look forward to reading your position papers, observing debates, and learning even more about environmental issues from your individual research. Please reach out to me with any questions you may have, and I wish you all the best of luck!
Taylor Lee | Chair