Councils & Agendas

Reversing the detrimental setbacks caused by the COVID-19 pandemic

Due to the large-scale COVID-19 pandemic affecting every aspect globally, multiple governments and world leaders are sent into a state of confusion; raising a plethora of health, economic and social negativities across the globe. It has also sent our collective efforts in combating global issues, namely through the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to face setbacks. This is proven by the rising number of gender-based violence, inequity in access to education, people suffering from hunger and food insecurity, environmental complications, etc. While the crisis is threatening our progress, it also emphasizes the urgency of getting back on track.  A holistic recovery from COVID-19 must be achieved. A recovery that reduces the risk of future pandemics and equips us with the means of achieving the universal goals. Therefore, we, United People Model United Nations (UPMUN), want to further explore the possibility of full recovery through the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with the grand theme “Reversing the Detrimental Setbacks Caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic”. 


Council:

DISEC is the first UN Agency with the main objective to establish the guiding provisions of collaborative efforts in the maintenance of international peace and security, including principles that govern disarmament and the regulatory frameworks of armaments, as well as to contribute in making recommendations to the Members or to the Security Council upon these principles.

Agenda:

Reducing the Illicit Arms Trade (SDG 16.4)

Another criterion in attaining agreed goals of global agendas of disarmament and development for coping with shifting threats to international peace and security is a large reduction in illicit financial arms flows. Underdevelopment, maldevelopment, and lack of development are non-military threats to international peace and security, according to the disarmament agenda, which calls for diverting additional resources from military to non-military investments in order to close the gap between developed and developing countries. A growing threat of armed conflict, without a visible reduction in its global impact, is a key impediment to reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, just as it was for the Millennium Development Goals by 2015.

SDG 16 target 4 commits to “substantially limit illicit financial arms flows and increase the recovery and return of stolen assets” in order to achieve measurable reductions. That language supports the disarmament agenda’s bifocal focus on return and recovery (R&R) of a subtype of weapons employed as principal implements of armed violence, as well as illicit trafficking as the primary mode of unlawful acquisition. The addition of stolen assets to R&R in the development agenda, as well as an emphasis on the financial dimension of illicit arms movements, expands the resource base for attaining the 2030 target with a concrete benchmark


Council:

UNDP (United Nations Development Programme is the UN agency established to eradicate poverty and protect our planet. UNDP is dedicated to ending poverty and achieving zero hunger while ensuring peace and equality among people, and living a prosperous life. UNDP is also responsible to protect our planet from degradation to ensure that it can meet the needs of current and future generations. UNDP pledged to focus on the needs of the most vulnerable one, with the help of collaboration, based on strengthened global solidarity. 

Agenda:

Ensuring Access to Affordable and Clean Energy (SDG 7)

Between 1990 and 2010, the number of people with access to electricity has increased by 1.7 billion,and the demand for inexpensive energy will continue to climb as the world population grows. Our climate system is changing dramatically as a result of a global economy based on fossil fuels and increased greenhouse gas emissions. Every continent is seeing the results of this.

However, there has been a renewed push to promote alternative energy sources, with renewable energy accounting for more than 20% of worldwide power generation in 2011. One in every five people still lacks access to power, and as demand grows, renewable energy generation must significantly increase around the world.

To ensure universal access to inexpensive power by 2030, sustainable energy sources such as solar, wind, and thermal must be invested in. Adopting cost-effective standards for a broader range of technologies might also cut worldwide electricity use by 14 percent in buildings and industry. This entails a total of 1,300 mid-sized power units being avoided. Expanding infrastructure and improving technologies in all emerging countries to supply sustainable energy sources is a critical goal that may help both the economy and the environment.


Council:

UNICEF is a United Nations agency whose mission is to protect children’s lives and rights, as well as to help them reach their full potential, as governed by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. UNICEF has the goal to achieve children’s rights as an enduring ethical foundation and universal principles of treatment of children. In order to attain the goal, UNICEF strives to enhance laws and policies, as well as improve knowledge of the Convention at all levels of society.

Agenda:

Eliminating Child Labour (SDG 8.7)

Child labor is a violation in which children are obliged to work at a young age. Certain policies have imposed restrictions and limitations on children’s employment. Children under the age of fifteen are not allowed to engage in any form of labor. This is because child labor denies children the right to a normal childhood, a suitable education, and physical and mental health. Although it is outlawed in some nations, it is still far from being abolished.

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