United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) 

(Intermediate – Single Delegate)
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the leading environmental authority in the United Nations system. UNEP uses its expertise to strengthen environmental standards and practices while helping implement environmental obligations at the country, regional and global levels. UNEP’s mission is to provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.

UNEP works on delivering transformational change for people and nature by drilling down on the root causes of the three planetary crises of climate change, nature and biodiversity loss, and pollution and waste. UNEP employs seven interlinked sub programs for action: Climate Action, Chemicals and Pollutants Action, Nature Action, Science Policy, Environmental Governance, Finance and Economic Transformations and Digital Transformations.

Topic: Bridging the Disparity between Countries in Sustainable Waste Management

Due to the rising amount of industrial activity, economic development, and population growth, the amount of waste products around the world has rapidly increased. The billions of tonnes of waste accumulated throughout  years and decades of human civilization has posed detrimental threats to the current ever-worsening environmental problem. Therefore, the objective of sustainable waste management is simple: to be more efficient in using materials, establish better disposal methods, and increase heightened environmental sensitivity. However, unlike developed countries, developing countries, specifically those in the urban poor area, haven’t been able to build a prominent waste management system. The poor waste management system also allows a stronger breeding environment for disease vectors, higher contribution to global climate change through more methane production, and even promotes urban violence. Hence, an in-depth approach to sustainable waste management by focusing on the lifecycle of a product is needed as one of the major ways to reduce the negative environmental, social, and financial impacts of 21st century consumption.

UNEP as the leading environmental authority needs to take the lead in constructing proper mechanisms to bridge the disparity between countries in sustainable waste management. Therefore, delegates of UNEP are challenged to come up with solid and prudent solutions to bridge such inequalities and create a more sustainable world for everyone.