The United Nations Environment Programme, first established in 1972 to link together the physical environment and society, works with the United Nations, local governments, and the private sector by acting as a voice for the environment. Part of the Programme’s mandate is to coordinate the development of environmental policy consensus by keeping the environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of governments and the international community.

The UNEP’s current responsibilities encompass addressing environmental issues at both a global and regional level through assessing environmental conditions and trends by promoting environmental awareness and action to both developing and major environmental threats. In the long term, the Programme works to facilitate liaison and participation between all member countries through the development of regional initiatives for environmental sustainability. The three main goals of the UNEP are to build a sustainable future, protect the environment, and safeguard human health. 

UNEP offers the traditional Model United Nations experience for delegates of all experience levels. Position papers are recommended for this committee, but are mandatory for delegates to be considered for awards. Please read about CAHSMUN’s Position Paper policy, which can be found under the list of committees on the “Committees” page.

Questions, inquiries, and position papers for this committee can be emailed to unep@cahsmun.org.

The UNEP committee will participate in Summit A - more information about the Summit program can be found here


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Brandon Zhou | Director
Brandon is currently a Grade 11 student at St. George’s School and he is thrilled to serve as the Director of the United Nations Environment Programme at CAHSMUN 2017. He attended his first conference a few years ago and has been fascinated in world affairs and diplomacy ever since. After many conferences and caucuses, Brandon sees the importance of Model UN because it not only allows participants to broaden their perspective of the world, but also helps develop rhetoric and critical thinking skills. His extracurricular interests include debating, eating, pretending to cook, and playing percussion. Brandon procrastinates by practicing piano, sleeping, and joining non-profit organizations. Brandon cannot wait to meet all the delegates at the conference, and hopes that it will be an unforgettable experience.

Rio Leung | Chair
Currently attending grade 12 at Vancouver College, Rio Leung has dabbled in the world of Model United Nations for a year and a half. Throughout his many conferences as a staff member and delegate, he takes pride in the long lasting bonds he has made with others who share similar views and interests, and the confidence that has been steadily growing with each step forward in the MUN community. Away from the commotion of Model UN, Rio can be found perfecting his golf swing, or throwing a disc. He also enjoys deliberating about theories regarding the universe, enhancing his knowledge through various works of literature, and last but not least, honing the ancient art of procrastination in his everyday life. Rio hopes that CAHSMUN 2017 will be an unforgettable and eventful weekend.

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Andrew Gamble | Chair
Andrew Gamble is a grade 12 student at Fraser Heights Secondary, and is excited to serve as your Chair at CAHSMUN 2017. After attended his first Model United Nations conference three years ago, he instantly fell in love with it. When not working on his newest computer program, Andrew’s Snapchat stories mainly consist of the last meal he cooked, or running with his dog. In his spare time Andrew can be found out hiking with his friends, or sitting in the cold waiting for his timelapse to finish. Andrew is looking forward to begin a part of UNEP at CAHSMUN this year, and can’t wait to see what the weekend has in store.