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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: Electronic Waste

In a world where new technology is introduced almost every month, 20-50 million metric tons of electronic waste (e-waste) is disposed of each year, yet only 12.5 percent of this waste is recycled. The toxins released from e-waste are detrimental to the environment and must be addressed.

Topic B: Bioaccumulation in Crops

Climate change has caused a rise in temperatures and caused severe drought in many areas worldwide. This is triggering the accumulation of chemical toxins in crops, which can be dangerous to animal and human health when these contaminated crops are consumed.

Topic C: The Impact of Climate Change on Wildfires

Although wildfires can be beneficial in certain biomes, climate change has caused many wildfires to draw ever closer to densely populated areas, leading to near-cataclysmic consequences for many people.

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