United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
The UN network for the discussion of ideas surrounding development is the United Nations Development Programme. Through focusing on encouraging cooperation in fields including poverty reduction, HIV/AIDS, democratic governance, social development, and crisis recovery; the UNDP has brought governments together to enact policies that enhance global levels of human development as a whole. Given that the Administrator of the UNDP is the third highest ranking official in the United Nations after the Secretary-General and the Deputy Secretary-General, the work of the United Nations Development Programme is always central to the programme of work of the UN more widely.
Topic A: Revisiting the SDGs and MDGs pertaining to Climate Change in light of recent events
Topic B: Strengthening Disaster Risk Reduction and Reconstruction Systems and Measures in relation to the Post-2015 Development Agenda
Meet your chairs
Gowtham Srinivas is an avid MUNner who has attended 40+ MUNs in 5 cities (Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, and Kochi) spanning all over India. He is a Political Science major and often comes across various topics that help keep him up to date on the current affairs of the world as well as agendas of MUNs. Gowtham particularly enjoys MUNs as it gives people a chance to constructively debate world problems and arrive at well-informed solutions. He also enjoys the sessions themselves, the small jokes, and the heated lobbying. His ideal MUN session includes no unnecessary interventions from delegates or the EB, smooth flow of debate, a strict following of procedure, and maintenance of decorum. He found his true calling as a MUNner during his 5th MUN when he realized the true competitive nature of MUNs. Since then, he has thrived to make himself the best MUNner he could be.
Gowtham has played various roles in MUNs ranging from delegate to chairperson which gives him a well-rounded understanding of all the elements of a MUN. Being a predominantly Security Council and Crisis Committee delegate, he has also branched out into various other committees such as UNODC, SOCHUM, EU, ECOSOC, and GA to help him learn and grow as a MUNner. When he is not MUN-ing, Gowtham likes to spend his free time on Karate, Swimming, Football, Basketball, gaming, and reading.
Ralph is his final year reading Economics at the LSE. Having scheduled his vacation time around conferences, MUN isn’t just an extracurricular to him – it has become a lifestyle. He started his Model UN journey in high school, and has since progressed to chairing in the university circuit at conferences including Rome, Cambridge, Montréal and London.
He also previously served as LSE’s MUN Director from 2016 to 2017. In his free time, he enjoys a round of badminton, drumming, and (tries) to appreciate French film. He looks forward to seeing everyone at Oxford!