Call of Nature

UNEP faced a set of challenging and unique topics this year and studied them to the very nanoparticle. On the first day, delegates of UNEP uncovered the details of the topic “Replacing the Kyoto Protocol.” In 1997 in Japan, the Kyoto Protocol was adopted, requiring signatory countries to reduce their production of greenhouse gas emissions. Because barely any signatories reduced their emission levels by 5.2% collectively in 2012, this document was deemed a failure. Solutions varied amongst the committee members, as some such as France recommended the creation of a committee to find clean energy solutions while Qatar encouraged a spectrum of tax percentages based on GDPs. Nigeria expressed satisfaction with the Kyoto Protocol’s policies, which, to Nigeria, proved to be rather flexible and capable of being implemented by a variety of different countries.

The delegates of this committee leapt eagerly into discussion concerning “Nanopollution,” a topic that recognizes that while innovations in technology have led to many benefits in our age of advancements, they have also resulted in pollution that threatens humans, animals, and environments. In an interview, Venezuela recommended that nanotechnology be restricted through measures such as keeping track of pollution. The delegate from Venezuela favored the resolutions of Chile and the UAE, as both seemed to benefit developing countries and recommended research without hindering the use of nanotechnology. 

The committee was then challenged with an emergency crisis in which Qatar implemented cloud seeding, or used geoengineering to enhance weather for the purpose of boosting tourism. However, in this crisis, cloud seeding led to neighboring countries such as the UAE, Jordan, and Pakistan experiencing harsh droughts. Resolutions in the committee proposed that countries in the position of Qatar have more restricted guidelines. UNEP efficiently answered the call of nature, and SHSMUN is thankful that they are dedicated to preserving the safety of our global community.