According to the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC), global temperatures are projected to increase anywhere between 2.5 to 10 degrees Fahrenheit within the next century. The effects of this temperature rise will be drastic, with heat waves, droughts, sea level rises, and intense natural disasters being especially unforgiving. Among the most affected includes those living in poorer nations, which have historically been taken advantage of for the use of natural resources by larger, more powerful nations since the rise of the Industrial Era. Although progress has been made to negotiate international environmental policy, such as the Paris Climate Agreement, significant extra steps need to be taken to protect our Earth’s sensitive ecosystems and those most vulnerable to climate change. In this committee, delegates will be discussing various sectors of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), including risk reduction, environmental law, green economics, and the intersection between human rights and climate change. Each nation has differing views on how the future of the environment will interplay and the urgency of the situation, and it is the job of the delegates to debate and agree on what the correct course of action is for the future of our planet.
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