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The United Nations Environment Programme is the leading global environmental authority. UNEP sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations, and serves as an authoritative advocate on behalf of the global environment. It also oversees issues regarding the atmosphere, marine and terrestrial ecosystems, environmental governance and green economy.


Topic A: The Role of Extractives in Pollution and Resource Consumption

Extractives refer to the use of resources such as oil, gas, and minerals all of which play a crucial role in our world economy. However, extractives are detrimental to both people and the environment, thus requiring a dialogue about our future use of such resources

Topic B: Sustainable Development of Water Infrastructure

2005 to 2015 was titled ‘Water for Life’ International Decade of Action, but despite the progress made during this decade water scarcity still affects more than 40% of people around the world. A critical step to achieve water security and using this resource efficiently is working to identify and improve flaws in water infrastructure. 

Topic C: Bridging the Gap for Off-Grid Settlements

Nearly 2.1 billion people worldwide live without access to electricity or have unreliable access to electric grids. Goal 7 of the Sustainable Development Goals ensures affordable and clean energy for all, and in order to reach this standard it is imperative to address the disparity of access to electricity between rural and urban areas.

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