United Nations Environment Programme

Topic A: Reducing Plastic Pollution in the Oceans and its Knock-on Effects

Topic B: Restoration and Conservation of Mangrove Ecosystems

Working Language: English

Delegation: Double Delegation (60 delegates in total)

Rules of Procedure: Beijing Rules of Procedure (Paper-Oriented)

Introduction to the Committee and Topics:

With the rapid growth in demand and consumption of plastics, large amounts of plastic debris enter the ocean every year from both land- and sea-based activities, such as fisheries and tourism, and poor waste management. This poses a huge threat to the plants and animals, including human beings as well. In addition, the fishery and tourism industries in many coastal and island countries are economically affected by the presence of plastic debris. Growing on the land-ocean boundary zone, mangrove forests are protecting the coast under harsh conditions with their complex biological structure. Unfortunately, mangroves in intertidal zones are disappearing from our planet at an appalling rate, thus exerting an enormous impact on the environment and human livelihoods. The marine plastic pollution and the destruction of mangrove ecosystems pose a series of formidable challenges for the ecological environment and international cooperative governance. Reducing plastic pollution in the oceans and its knock-on effects, and protecting mangrove ecosystems ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns, while protecting and promoting the sustainable use of territorial and marine ecosystem and resource. In turn, we can bring health and well-being to all.