RESOLUTION EVC 212

FORUM: ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE

QUESTION OF: Strengthening the link between development and climate efforts

SUBMITTED BY: Qatar

CO-SUBMITTERS:Philippines, Malaysia, Sweden, Slovakia, China, World Bank, Indonesia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Greece, Dominican Republic.

STATUSApproved

Forum: Environment Committee (EVC)

Question of: Strengthening the link between development and climate efforts

Main Submitter: Qatar

Co-Submitter: Philippines, Malaysia, Sweden, Slovakia, China, World Bank, Indonesia, Slovakia, Haiti, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Greece, Dominican Republic

 

THE ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE, 

Bearing in mind that 2019 was the second warmest year ever recorded in history, which came as a result of rapid non-sustainable development, and that global temperature levels are increasing rapidly,

Fully Aware that the global emissions of Greenhouse Gases (GHGs) like CO2 have increased by almost 50% since 1990, with an alarmingly high increase over the past 20 years especially,

Recognizing that deforestation has become one of the world’s most pressing issues today due to the high demand of raw forest materials in the industry and in manufacturing, which in turn is expected to have grave consequences,

Defining climate change as the long-term shift in average weather patterns across the world which has been occurring since the mid-1800s as humans have contributed to the release of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the air causing global temperatures to rise, resulting in long-term changes to the climate, 

  1. Urges the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to create a new agreement that includes big multinational private and public companies where all the companies need to work towards:
    1. shifting the energy source from a non-renewable to renewable sources such as but not limited to:  
      1. solar energy
      2. wind energy
      3. hydraulic energy 
      4. biomass energy
      5. geothermal energy
    2. trying to change their raw materials that are harmful for the environment to more sustainable materials so they are more environmentally friendly some of the raw materials include that could be replaced include:
      1. raw plastic
      2. fossil fuels 
      3. non biodegradable raw materials
    3. encouraging governments to tax the companies that refuse to corporate;
  2. Requests that the UNEP and United Nations Energy (UN-Energy) issue a joint decree for a mandatory GHG and non-GHG pollution monitoring and disclosure framework including a well-designed surveillance system to ensure transparency and accountability;
  3. Acknowledges the need to include programs and curriculums in the school system, such as, but not limited to:
    1. adding a subject about renewable energy that should be taught for at least 30 minutes every week that would teach children in middle school and high school about types of energy resources, how to make them more sustainable and their effect on climate change
    2. an after-school activity that would provide extra information to children on sustainable energy, climate change and the environment
    3. raising awareness in schools about university courses and jobs that contribute to decreasing climate change and working towards improving the environment;
  4. Further requests all Member States to promote and advocate for solar photovoltaic (PV) panels with the goal of integrating them into society and thus creating a more sustainable environment, by means such as but not limited to:
    1. creating advertising campaigns which underline the long-lasting financial and environmental benefits on a personal as well as universal scale, through:
      1. state-wide information campaigns
      2. television advertisements
    2. returning all waste products and waste material that come as a result of manufacturing to the recycling sector in order to be reused, by:
      1. opening numerous recycling centers  with full functionality and funding whether it be federally or privately, in order to handle incoming waste products and to recycle it
      2. placing a large reliance on humans as a resource instead of machines to combat unemployment and poverty, whilst promoting sustainability
    3. encouraging local governments to begin to push public and private industry to rely on recycled materials for production, by:
      1. ensuring recycled materials are present in great quantities and in lower prices to companies and factories so that they are preferred to raw new materials,
      2. applying restrictions to the use of raw materials in the industry to prevent further damaging the environment and to promote use of recycled materials;
  5. Emphasizes maximizing energy efficiency in terms of transportation, in order to lessen pollution by:
    1. further relying on pool freighting services to minimize the number of trucks needed to transport items from one location to another, in order to encourage:
      1. their use by lowering the shipping price of products when people order online
      2. shipping companies to come together and to plan pool freighting services together
    2. transitioning to transportation services that are powered by renewable energy derived electricity to include vehicles, aircrafts, and vessels;
  6. Urges Member Nations to take a local to regional and finally national basis to work on community based adaptation, including:
    1. using well-managed climate infrastructures and storage reservoir
    2. using alternative methods of energy such as nuclear power and provide new regulations through the decision of public authorities in order to ensure the safety of nuclear plants.