UNEP’s mission is to provide leadership and encouraging partnerships in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing and enabling notions and people to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.
Wildlife trafficking involves the illegal trade, smuggling, poaching, capture, or collection of endangered species, protected wildlife (including animals or plants that are protected by government regulations such as quotas and natural reserves),by-products or products thereof. The main reason for the illegal wildlife trafficking is the rapidly expanding demand for a variety of products across the world that are derived from them. This includes exotic pets, trinkets, ingredients for traditional chinese medicine, bushmeat, jewelry, objects such as chess sets as well as the furs of animals for a variety of reasons such as coats, trophies and even costumes. On World Wildlife Day, 3 March 2016, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) reported that animal poaching increased by an astounding 8,000% in the past seven years. It raises a profit estimated between $10 and $23 billion annually and is the fifth most profitable illegitimate trade globally.
It is my privilege to be your Chair for the most salient committee of the United Nations for environmental stability, the ‘United Nations Environmental Program’ for this edition of intra-SBSMUN. MUNs have taught me essential skills such as finding creative solutions to issues, and I hope this experience teaches you the same as we discuss one of the most complex and prominent conflicts, wildlife trafficking. I hope you are as excited as I am to participate in the cogent debate, and to think critically as well as dynamically. As delegates of this committee, you shall be expected to be well prepared for a fast-paced debate on this platform of deliberation. I hope that this stimulation of the UNEP prepares you for your future. If you have any doubts do not hesitate in reaching out. Cheers!
I am honoured to be the vice chair of the UNEP for this year’s Intra-SBS MUN. We hope to make these few days an unforgettable and amazing learning experience with exciting and stimulating debate. Wildlife trafficking is one of the most urgent issues our world faces today with many different social, economic and environmental aspects at risk. I hope to see you engage critically with this topic and provide some constructive solutions as well. If this is all relatively new to you, don’t be scared as all of us have been in the same situation once. It is natural to feel nervous in the beginning, but as you start talking and giving your own opinions, it will be thrilling and riveting! Wishing you all the very best!
Established in Kenya in 1972, the United Nations Environment Programme rose with the paramount objective of “care for the environment.” As your rapporteur I expect you to delve deep into the problem of wildlife trafficking with special emphasis on India, but mere research won’t be sufficient. It is only when you combine it with your ability to think quickly and adapt to the committee proceedings that you succeed. I look forward to a stimulating and fruitful committee!