RESOLUTION EVC 233

FORUM: ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE

QUESTION OF: Strengthening the link between development and climate efforts

SUBMITTED BY: Dominican Republic

CO-SUBMITTERS:United States of America, France, India, Denmark, Turkey, Mexico, Jamaica, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia.

STATUSSubmitted

THE ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE, 

 

Acknowledging the immediate danger that climate change poses to the entire world,

 

Deeply concerned with the rising intensities of climate change,

 

Realizing that if action is not taken immediately that the results will be catastrophic,

 

Recognizing that in order to combat climate change in an effective manner global initiation from all nations is essential,

 

Taking into account that the cost of renewable energy is greater than the cost of fossil fuels, however recognizes that it is worth it long-term,

 

Confident that climate change can be reversed if all member nations do their part,

 

Aware of the reduction of emissions in many nations resulting from COVID-19 implications,

 

Reminding the importance of the aid from MEDC’s to LEDC’s during times of crisis,

 

Noting with deep concern that greenhouse gas emissions have increased by almost 50% since 1990, 

 

Noting with satisfaction that several agreements and regulations have been made regarding the protection of the climate, 

 

Emphasizing that some communities are more vulnerable to the effects of climate change than others,

 

Deeply concerned by the fact that 4.9 million litres of petroleum are spilled into Oceans yearly,

 

Bearing in mind that 3.5 billion to 7 billion trees are cut down worldwide per year,

 

Reminding that climate change has detrimental effects on the environment, biodiversity, and nations,

 

Strongly condemns countries that use the COVID-19 pandemic as an excuse to dial down on their climate efforts, 

 

Confident that the UN Member States will engage in discussion with each other, find solutions to the issue, and cooperate on executing them properly, 

 

  1. Calls for all member states to share research developments with other member states of the Paris Agreement to expedite the implementation of renewables on a larger scale by:
    1. encouraging all Member States to announce their set targets for 2030 of the Paris Agreement,
    2. urging all Member Nations, who have not already, to join the Paris Agreement;
  2. Endorses the offering of financial aid by the World Bank for Member States facing difficulties balancing finances of the COVID crisis, the expansion of renewable energy sources and other environmental matters;
  3. Calls for the establishment of an online forum focusing on:
    1. discussion surrounding environmental matters regarding the Paris Agreement,
    2. proposing methods on how to approach the accomplishment of targets,
    3. news articles about Sustainable Development Goals;
  4. Requests the implementation of educational and awareness programs regarding the issue of the ecosystems due to climate change and that teaches the dangers and issues this causes as well as Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Agreement by ways such as but not limited to:
    1. educational programs in schools such as:
      1. guest speakers from all over the world who were impacted by the issue,
      2. nature experts and advocates,
      3. ages of participants are from 8-18 years old in order to impact the country’s youth,
      4. guest speakers reach students from third world countries by sponsoring from the state,
      5. workshops offered by schools or the United Nations,
    2. articles and advertisements sponsored by the state or United Nations printed in local newspapers,
    3. increase the quantity of students that choose vocations related to ecological preservation by producing new school curriculums covering content relevant to environmental progress, including topics such as:
      1. explaining the effect of climate change on local ecosystems and biodiversity,
      2. learning the inner workings of technologies related to renewable clean energy production, such as fusion and elemental turbines,
    4. raising awareness promoted through 
      1. podcasts
      2. social media
      3. newspapers
      4. television channels and campaigns
      5. radio
      6. seminars at schools and universities
      7. lectures at public facilities
      8. having celebrities as ambassadors;
  5. Promoting and adding on to the organization titled International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), so as to support countries in their transition to a sustainable energy future and add functions such as but not limited to:
    1. evaluating which renewable energy sources should be implemented, in order to ensure that the economy and social peace are not harmed, 
    2. evaluating what the safest course of action would be,
    3. including more qualified economists and sociologists, who will have to be in close communication with the government, so as to assist them in calculating and assessing, what decision would be more beneficial,
    4. the documentation of ecofriendly solutions through the local authorities keeping track of measures such as but not limited to;
      1. wind turbines and and solar panels
      2. taking feedback into account from the local community, neighbouring regions and national services on the eco-friendly actions,
      3. tracking success rates from implemented solutions over a period of time,
      4. when success rates are kept over a period of time, analyses can be done where professionals can also be consulted to use the data for scientific research;
  6. Further recommends the incorporation and promotion of eco friendly solutions into the management of cities and neighbourhoods through ways such as but not limited to;
    1. encouraging the use of reusable and sustainably produced bags, cutlery, and straws in stores and restaurants,
    2. solar panels or wind turbines to create clean energy,
    3. materials given out by local volunteers or volunteers from the United Nations,
    4. encouraging local entrepreneurial endeavours regarding the promotion or sale of eco-friendly solutions by implementing the following measures:
      1. providing tax incentives for businesses to invest in sustainable products,
      2. investing in local businesses to minimize the consumption of imported products with large carbon footprints,
      3. awarding Government funding to entrepreneurial organisations that intend to create sustainable products which advance sustainable development goals,
    5. invest in the development of more ecologically friendly public transportation services such as, but not limited to:
      1. publicly offered, community owned electrical vehicles such as bikes or scooters,
      2. personal electrical or biofuel vehicles such as cars or busses, 
      3. bus rapid transit systems;
  7. Encouraging all Member States to remain seized on the matter.