United Nations Environment Program UNEP


  • Topic A: Ocean Conservation
  • Topic B: Energy Efficiency

TOPIC A Ocean Conservation

TOPIC B Energy Efficiency



  • Jonathan Zhou
Email Committee Chair

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the leading environmental authority in the United Nations system. UNEP strengthens environmental standards and helps to implement sustainable environmental practices at regional, national, and global levels. UNEP’s mission is to provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations. Two important topics have been selected for MUNUC 32 according to environmental priorities that have emerged from global and regional forums.

Topic A is ocean conservation. Oceans, seas and coastal areas are integrated components of the Earth’s ecosystem, and they are critical to sustainable development. They eradicate poverty by creating sustainable livelihoods – over three billion people currently depend on marine and coastal resources for their livelihoods. Additionally, oceans are crucial for global food security and human health. They are the primary regulator of the global climate, acting as an important sink for greenhouse gases, and they boast huge reservoirs of biodiversity on top of it all. Human well-being cannot be achieved without the protection and conservation of the Earth’s ecosystem. To maintain the quality of life that the oceans have provided us, change is necessary in how humans view, manage and use oceans, seas, and marine resources.

Topic B is energy efficiency. A sustainable global economy can only be supported by efficient use of its resources. Energy efficiency can mitigate climate change, increase energy security, and improve political stability, leading to environmental and social benefits. With the impending threat of global warming on human health, energy use, especially for air conditioning, is rising at alarming rates. Coal is the primary source of energy for many countries around the world, but coal consumption produces a significant amount of pollution that further contributes to global warming. The UNEP works with countries and policy makers across the globe to scale up action on energy efficiency.


Committee Members

  •  United States
  •  Afghanistan
  •  Argentina
  •  Australia
  •  Bahamas
  •  Bangladesh
  •  Brazil
  •  Cameroon
  •  Canada
  •  Chile
  •  China
  •  Colombia
  •  Congo, the Democratic Republic of the
  •  Costa Rica
  •  Croatia
  •  Cuba
  •  Denmark
  •  Dominican Republic
  •  Egypt
  •  Finland
  •  France
  •  Germany
  •  Greece
  •  Haiti
  •  India
  •  Indonesia
  •  Iran, Islamic Republic of
  •  Israel
  •  Japan
  •  Jordan
  •  Kenya
  •  Korea, Democratic People's Republic of
  •  Korea, Republic of
  •  Libya
  •  Madagascar
  •  Malaysia
  •  Maldives
  •  Mexico
  •  Morocco
  •  Netherlands
  •  Nigeria
  •  Norway
  •  Pakistan
  •  Panama
  •  Philippines
  •  Portugal
  •  Russian Federation
  •  Saudi Arabia
  •  Singapore
  •  Somalia
  •  South Africa
  •  Spain
  •  Sweden
  •  Syrian Arab Republic
  •  Tanzania, United Republic of
  •  Thailand
  •  Turkey
  •  Ukraine
  •  United Arab Emirates
  •  United Kingdom
  •  Zimbabwe