2020-2021 Jr. Model UN Committee Topic

In preparation for the 2021 Jr. Model United Nations Final Conference, student participants will work in small groups assigned to represent both a country delegation and this year's committee topic. Each student will be responsible for researching and writing a short position paper from the perspective of his/her assigned country delegation as well as drafting a final resolution recommending solutions to key issues within his/her assigned committee.  Delegates participating in the Council's 2020-2021 Student Diplomat /Jr. Model United Nations Program will focus on the following committee topic: Ensuring Healthy Lives and Promoting Well-Being for All. 

Ensuring Healthy Lives and Promoting Well-Being for All

Regarded by many, as one of the most existential threats facing the world today, climate change is among the most complex international challenges of our time. A growing body of evidence indicates that the Earth’s climate is changing rapidly in ways that will dramatically impact the world’s human, animal, and ecological ecosystems. Increasing global temperatures have been linked to severe droughts, rising sea levels, and increased instances and of severe natural disasters. These effects threaten millions of people around the world, depleting water resources, displacing millions of climate refugees and impacting global agriculture.

Regardless of the cause, scientists agree that international action to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions may be the only way to slow climate change. In December 2015, members of the United Nations met in Paris, France for the most recent global effort to address climate change. An international agreement was established, with the Foreign Minister of France describing the agreement as an “ambitious and balanced plan” and a “historic turning point” in the goal to slow climate change.

In this committee, delegates will come together to build upon the work accomplished in Paris and will further develop a unified and enforceable international standard to mitigate the effects of climate change. Delegates will also identify effective plans to help developing nations without significant resources, adapt to the changing global climate.

Click on the link "Ensuring Healthy Lives and Well-Being for All Resources" on the right-hand side of this page to access the topic briefing paper and other resources to help students research and prepare.