MUNESRM 2020 is all about sustainability and how we as a global community can live together to create a viable future.
In our world’s current political climate, it is of utmost importance that we, as citizens, become aware of issues such as safe energy usage or agricultural reforms, which not only benefit us, but also the generations to come. Sustainability, the buzzword of the 21st century, is often considered in three different pillars which, when taken together, form a sustainable future.
The first of these pillars is environmental sustainability, a topic that especially nowadays, is of utmost importance, as it is currently being talked frequently about in the media, due to, for example the Fridays for Future movement. Thousands of young people from all over the world go on the streets every Friday to raise awareness of the critical condition of our planet. Due to the overwhelming numbers of students protesting for a better future, the issue of environmental sustainability has reached the top of political importance.
In our current era, the Anthropocene, human activity is at its all-time high. We are discovering new power sources, better ways to communicate, faster ways to harvest crops. But all of this has a price, not only in the specific regions of action, but globally. Climate change is one of, if not the, biggest issue we face today. Scientists predict that if we do not keep the rise of global temperatures under 2°C in the next 11 years, the world will face devastating consequences. This includes large parts of the world becoming uninhabitable due to rising sea levels and extreme weather events becoming more frequent. This then would trigger the world’s largest refugee crisis mankind has ever faced. According to The Independent, a billion people could be left without a home.
The number of natural disasters is also an increasing trend, which can be seen from the cost of the hurricanes, floods, storms, as well as other natural disasters. From the years 1981 to 1990, $528 billion were lost, whereas from 2001 to 2010 more than $1.2 Trillion had to be used to compensate for the damage caused by the disasters. And these numbers are only on the rise, including the displacements and death tolls these storms bring with them.
This being said, future development could be endangered if we do not act in a sustainable manner today to support tomorrow. Delegates at MUNESRM will discuss many topics surrounding environmental issues that the world faces today, and if they are not dealt with, will lead to serious consequences tomorrow.
The second pillar that is highly important to our theme, is social sustainability. Globalization has made communication with the entire planet and interconnection between countries as simple as never before in human history. Global trends emerge, a global community is created, but this comes with countless challenges. Many minority groups are neglected because they seem insignificant to the global eye. Civil wars break out, terrorism rises and white nationalism becomes more popular by the year, families leave their homes to seek refuge from the indescribable violence. But even though this displacing of large groups of people away from their home is not in any way sustainable, the numbers will only rise. Global leaders need to step in and unify their countries, create a globalized world in which no one is left behind, where everyone has access to education and safety to lead a fulfilled life.
Today, more than 72 million children do not receive primary education.. Many young children face extreme poverty or are displaced because of terrorism and civil wars raging in their home country. According to the UN Refugee Agency, over half of the currently displaced people are under the age of 18. Refugee children do not receive the vital education and childhood experiences that are needed to fully develop and become well-functioning members of tomorrow's society. Making education accessible for all not only helps children today, but will also benefit the working generation in the future.
The last pillar that is extremely important in creating a sustainable future is economical sustainability. The world's richest 1% owns 45% of the world’s wealth. Poverty is rising in many continents and the gap between rich and poor widens steadily. Corruption is a clear issue all across the globe, where it mainly harms the already poverty-stricken populations.
Yemen is a clear example of the issue. Because of the ongoing war that struck the country in 2015, the government has become severely unstable. Bribery and extortions are common practices as the government fails to prohibit such acts. Illegal practices are often overlooked, which harms parts of the population already exposed to unacceptable living situations.
The global community lacks the initiative to end corruption as many of the world's most powerful people use fraud to benefit themselves. Many do not want to make sacrifices in support of the future, only the profit of today matters. Governments need to come together and put the world’s best interest before their own and act with sustainability in mind.
Aspects of this year’s theme will be discussed at MUNESRM 2020. Don't forget to sign up on MYMUN for a spot as a delegate or chair and join us in discussing one of the most pressing issues we face today; how can we join together as one for a viable future?
Secretary General of MUNESRM 2020
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