UNEP Division of Environmental Laws and Conventions (DELC)
Head Chair | Nate Parke
Vice-Chairs | Kendra Singh, Joanne Qi
UNDELC is a department in the United Nations that focuses on creating environmental standards for the global community to follow. This committee will focus on two topics. The first being compensatory mitigation banking on a global scale. The second being common but differentiated responsibility surrounding environmental goals or the United Nations.
Topic 1 | Compensatory Mitigation in a Global Context
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Compensatory mitigation banking is a method to offset environmental damage that has been adopted by a number of environmental leaders. The space has been tested on smaller nation-sized scales, but a global framework for mitigation banking has not yet been created. The goal of this topic will be to use the existing frameworks as case studies, to inform what a global system would look like. The end goal of this committee will be to formulate a base set of laws, and standards that will outline what a global compensatory mitigation banking economy would look like.
Topic 2 | Common but Differentiated Environmental Responsibility
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As developing nations go through a period of growth there are trade offs between sustainability and speed. Typically it is more expensive and time intensive for these nations to invest early in their environments, but wanton use of non-renewables can have devastating impacts on future growth and environmental health. Contrastingly developed nations largely progressed through a developing state unconcerned with their effects on the environment. This topic will investigate where the responsibility lies for developing nations’ environments and how the global community can ensure that irreparably damaging practices are not perpetuated.