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Welcome to ECOMUN 2017
April 29, 2017
With the world rapidly coming under threat from increasing climate change, it is important that we begin to take serious action in an attempt to halt and reverse the process of climate change where man has impacted unduly. In this conference, delegates will be modelling the work done in the negotiations that led to both the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, and the 2016 Paris Treaty.
In order to tackle the key Environmental Issues effectively delegates will be separated into specialised committees, focussing on Adaption, Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), Climate Financing and Capacity Building and Technology Transfer. At the end of the weekend, the Conference will all adopt a final report during the Plenary Session, comprised of the work of all the committees.
As opposed to most MUN conferences, ECOMUN will be using a consensus decision making model to pass all substantive questions. This means that all parties to the debate must agree on all aspects of the proposal for it to pass. The specifics of consensus voting will be detailed later in this handbook in the Rules of Procedure.
The Specialised Committees:
The Specialised Committee on Adaption is tasked with producing a draft decision on Adaption mechanisms and strategies that can be adopted by States. Adaptation refers to dealing with the impacts of climate change, and involves taking practical actions to manage risks from climate impacts, protect communities and strengthen the resilience of the economy.
The Specialised Committee on Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Issues will be considering further amendments and inclusions to the Clean Development Mechanism. Specifically, the committee will address issues related to market and non-market mechanisms for dealing with the effect of plastic waste on the marine environment, proposals for holding plastic waste producers (or sources) accountable for mitigation or adaption of the problem and proposals for achieving significant plastic waste pollution reductions and timescales.
The Specialised Committee on Climate Financing in the realm of climate change is a very important one. With renewable energies and the means to combat climate change only still in their infancy, ensuring a steady flow of capital towards further research and innovation is key in effectively combatting the issue into the future. The Specialised Committee on Climate Financing
should therefore, inter-alia focus proposals for finding sources of funding for climate finance, as well as identifying what “climate finance” means and proposals for ensuring there is a link between climate and development financing.
The Specialised Committee on Capacity Building and Technology Transfer will deal with the obvious disparity in wealth, capacity for action, and technology between developed and developing states. The aim of this committee is to bridge that gap more effectively, ensuring that developing states are able to properly implement and enforce environmental legislation, as well as giving access to the latest technology in the fight against climate change.
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