The benefits of globalization and industrialization have not been felt equally by all parts of the world. While some countries have enjoyed economic success, decrease in poverty, and access to information, others have been left in the dust. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) was created in 1965 in order to address these very issues. Currently, the UNDP works in approximately 170 countries and territories, helping them develop policies, skills, and institutional capabilities to ensure sustainable development, democratic governance and peacebuilding, as well as climate and disaster resilience. By 2014, the UNDP had created nearly 1 million jobs; strengthened the livelihoods of low-income communities; combated climate change; registered 18 million new voters; trained 2 million health workers to fight HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria; and improved energy access for 1.3 million people. As a result of its inclusive and efficient organization, the UNDP was judged the most transparent development agency by the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) and one of the development partners that communicates most frequently with host government counterparts. At the PACMUN Conference, the UNDP will be discussing accessibility of sustainable energy in developing nations as well as availability of quality education in post-conflict areas. Such discussion and collective problem-solving among delegates committed to sustainable development will be a step towards a stronger and more equal global community.
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Cayla Lee is currently a senior at Interlake High School and has been involved in Model United Nations for four years. Cayla is passionate about international relations and is looking forward to directing the UNDP, particularly because of its focus on helping underdeveloped countries. Outside of MUN, Cayla is a policy debater, a die-hard Nicki Minaj fan, and food enthusiast, so she would immensely appreciate food donations during the conference.
Alexandra Ash is a senior, and is currently enrolled in Running Start at Cascadia College. She has been a part of Model United Nations (MUN) for over three years, and her favorite thing about MUN is the collaboration and cooperation that is required when in conference, it is an interesting process that has resulted in many friends, and enemies, over the years. Outside of MUN, Alex can be found programming, hiking through the wilderness, and stuffing her face with food. This is her second year staffing PACMUN, and cannot wait to get this party started.
Alexandra Haworth is a junior at Inglemoor High School, and is looking forward to being the assistant director for the UNDP because of the relevant and important issues that it addresses. This is her second year of Model United Nations, and she is in full IB, so overall life-expectancy is low. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends, volunteering with animals, and eating food, so food donations are greatly appreciated. This is her first time staffing, and she’s looking forward to a lit committee.