UNFCCC

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UNFCCC

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is an international environmental treaty. Approaching almost universal membership, the UNFCCC treaty is of tremendous symbolic importance since it establishes a global commitment to stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous human interference with the climate system. 

Countries have met annually from 1995 in Conferences of the Parties (COP) to assess their progress in dealing with climate change. A series of landmark agreements were concluded out of these annual meetings: the most important ones being the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement.

 The contentious decision by the US to withdraw from the agreement and an increase in global emissions in 2018 stresses the need to review the conditions of the Paris Agreement in order to achieve the aforementioned goals. At the same time, the release of a critical report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) raises questions about whether efforts to limit global warming to 2.0 °C or even 1.5 °C will even be sufficient to prevent catastrophic climate change. It seems the conflicting interests of climate and development are coming to a head.

Council Topic
Achieving Global Sustainable Land use and Socio-economic growth

Knowledge on soil, water, biodiversity and environmental management is necessary in order to address conflicting claims to natural resources, while maintaining social and economic security and preserving the environment. Sustainable land use ensures a fair distribution of environmental assets in a fashion that secures the current and future human needs.

Today, most land is used for agriculture, namely 50% of the world’s habitable land area in 2019. Sustainable land use is not only important for countries facing deforestation of large areas of rainforest for agricultural use, but it is, in fact, a topic that is relevant on a global scale. This importance can be observed in monocultures in the USA, the avocado production in Argentina, the quinoa production in Bolivia, rice production in China, the use of pesticides on a global scale, and in the European Union with the associated extinction of many insects. Moreover, meat production must be taken into account, as almost 80% of the agricultural land is used for livestock: meat and dairy (including the production of animal feed).

How can a sustainable use of our lands be achieved globally without compromising the need for socio-economic growth?

Council Chairs

Celia López Escribano

Born and raised in Spain, Celia López Escribano moved to The Netherlands after completing her high school education in a British school and concluding her professional music degree specialising in piano. She is now a third year Chemical Engineering Bachelor Honours Student at the University of Groningen, her interest being focused on energy and the environment.

Celia also takes pride in that she is this year’s president of the HCSA Board, the Association within the Honours College of the University of Groningen.

Besides her studies and responsibilities, she enjoys time in nature, experiencing different cultures, practicing handstands, visiting museums and playing piano when she has the time! Celia loves to share her enthusiasm and opinion openly and is very much looking forward to GrunnMUN 2020, to meeting you all, and to listening to the different arguments and solutions that will be presented in the intense, yet fruitful, climate change debate!

Luisa Golfier

Luisa Golfier is a second year International Relations and International Organization student at the University of Groningen. Born in Berlin, her interest in international politics and intercultural dialogue developed during her stays in Madrid and La Paz.

Having been a member of the TEIMUN Society for over a year now, she is grateful to be part of the TEIMUN Society Committee as a trainer since the beginning of this academic year. In her opinion, MUN is a great way of bringing people from different backgrounds together, discussing current issues and their possible solutions and working on personal skills.

After having been a delegate at HAMMUN, GRUNNMUN and TEIMUN, this is her first time being a Chair at a conference and she is very much looking forward to this new experience. Besides MUN, her interests include swing dancing, gardening and cooking.