United Nations Development Programme
Chairs: Mustafo Mustafokulov & Luigi Aiello
Topic A: Addressing Political Corruption in Voting Systems
Political corruption, the abuse of government power for private gain, destroys government faith, slows economic growth, and widens inequality. It most often exists in the form of bribery or theft. Through underhanded tactics like voter suppression and political persecution, government officials have the ability to alter the fate of an election process in an unfair manner. In this committee, delegates are expected to research how voting policies like identification cards and direct interference from government powers have affected election integrity. While autocracies display more corrupt electoral methods, even liberal democracies and electoral democracies can be perpetrators. For this committee, delegates should keep in mind their country’s policy towards elections and their previous record for maintaining fairness!
Topic B: Developing and Implementing Climate-Resilient Infrastructure
Infrastructure is defined as the “the system of public works,” consisting of buildings, roads, power supplies, and other facilities. As climate change has worsened in the past decade, the cost of damages to public infrastructure has increased. In addition to reducing emissions, many countries are turning to reinforcing their infrastructure to resist climate-fueled disasters like floods, hurricanes and droughts. This infrastructure may cost more up-front, but can save countries billions in later years as they can weather natural elements. However, there are challenges in developing climate-resilient infrastructure, notably the lack of data, resources, and funds in less developed nations. Within this topic, delegates are encouraged to research the various examples of climate-resilient infrastructure present not only in their country but also around the world.