UN Habitat

United Nations Human Settlements Programme 

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Environmentally-Conscious Urban Development

As the debate over the validity of climate change wages on, some politicians use facts and images to solicit change, whereas others use jokes and theatrics to sway audiences. The ones truly laughing are the Antarctic ice sheets, as they are cracking up over this ineffectual debate. The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, better known as UN-Habitat, has prioritized the development of sustainable human settlements as climate change poses a greater threat with every passing day. Arctic sea ice has decreased by a shocking 95% over the past 30 years. At the current rate of climate change,  an additional 250,000 deaths will occur annually  as an aftermath of health risk factors, including safe drinking water, air quality, and secure shelter. In such times, every citizen must ask themselves : what can I do to save our world? Urban development has also been an imperative topic of discussion throughout UN bodies—by 2050, two-thirds of the world’s population will be living in cities, furthering the urgency for standardized regulations. The planning and refinement of urban areas creates an opportunity for nations to minimize their climate impact. The environment’s effect on a city is as vital to its prosperity as the city’s effect on the environment—as even the World Bank reveals that if nations fail to invest in urban resilience, tens of millions of city dwellers will fall into extreme poverty. In this committee, delegates will discuss how urban planning may allow settlements to be more environmentally-friendly, survive natural disasters, and maximize development. 


Tiffany Kurniawan

Elizabeth Mendez

Josephine Books

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