Committee Description

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) committee is a vital platform where delegates will address critical issues in global trade. The committee focuses on two key areas: trade imbalances and protectionism, and the green tech gap.

Delegates will engage in discussions to understand the causes and consequences of trade imbalances. They will explore the impact of protectionist policies on domestic industries and global trade relations. Through dialogue and cooperation, delegates will work to promote fair trade practices while addressing national interests.

Another crucial aspect of the committee's work is the bridging of the green tech gap. Delegates will examine the challenges faced by developing nations in accessing and adopting sustainable technologies. Through the lens of international cooperation, they will seek innovative strategies for technology transfer, sustainability promotion, and environmental protection.

The UNCTAD committee offers delegates a platform to participate in lively debates, critical analysis, and diplomatic negotiations. It provides an opportunity to collaborate with peers from around the world, building bridges across diverse perspectives. By contributing to policy discussions and crafting comprehensive solutions, delegates will shape a more prosperous, fair, and sustainable global economy.

Topic A - Trade Imbalances and Protectionism

Trade imbalances and protectionism are pressing issues in the global trade landscape. Trade imbalances occur when there is a significant disparity between a country's imports and exports, leading to economic and geopolitical consequences. Protectionism refers to the adoption of measures that restrict international trade, such as tariffs and quotas, to protect domestic industries from foreign competition.

The significance of this topic lies in its potential to disrupt global economic stability and hinder the growth of developing nations. While protectionist policies aim to safeguard domestic industries, they can also lead to trade wars and retaliation from other countries, ultimately impacting global trade relations.

To address these challenges, delegates will explore potential solutions that strike a balance between protecting domestic industries and promoting open and fair trade. They will examine the role of international cooperation, the potential for alternative approaches, and the impact of protectionism on economic growth and development. By fostering constructive dialogue, delegates can work towards policies that promote sustainable and inclusive global trade.

Topic B - The Green Tech Gap

The green tech gap represents the disparity in access to and adoption of green technologies between developed and developing nations. As the world faces increasing environmental challenges, the need to bridge this gap becomes crucial. Developed countries often possess greater resources and infrastructure to invest in and implement green technologies, while developing countries struggle to access and adopt them at scale.

This topic holds significant importance as it directly impacts environmental sustainability, economic growth, and global inequality. The green tech gap poses challenges for developing nations in addressing climate change, reducing carbon emissions, and achieving sustainable development goals.

Delegates will explore avenues for international cooperation to facilitate technology transfer, financing mechanisms, and capacity building to bridge the green tech gap. They will discuss policies that balance economic development needs with environmental sustainability, while addressing the challenges faced by developing nations in adopting green technologies.

By promoting the adoption of sustainable practices, fostering innovation, and ensuring equitable access to green technologies, delegates can contribute to a more sustainable and inclusive global economy.

UNCTAD Country Matrix

The Dais

Catherine Li

Catherine Li is a grade eleven student studying at King’s Christian Collegiate. With excellent leadership and communication skills, she demonstrates dedication and passion in everything she does. For anyone wondering, she is also a june Gemini and an ENTJ-A. Some of her interests are travelling, the arts, and figure skating. In her daily life, she is content with just a cup of warm coffee and a good manga on a rainy day. Catherine has been involved in MUN for over four years now, with experience in both being a delegate and mentorship. She looks forward to sharing a welcoming and exciting experience with all CANMUN delegates!

Catherine Li


Ahrant Karthikeyan

Greetings everyone, I'm Arhant Karthikeyan, a Grade 11 student enrolled in the Alexander Mackenzie High School IB Program. My journey into Model UN commenced in Grade 9, and since then, the exhilaration of collaboration and the opportunity to make new peers have been driving forces for me. Delving into spirited debates and navigating complex diplomatic scenarios are what truly ignited my passion for Model UN. Presently, I serve as the Vice President of AMHS Model UN, alongside having chaired the Toronto Model United Nations. Beyond the realm of MUN, I enjoy spending time with my one-eyed cat, indulging my caffeine addiction, binge-watching TV shows and reading. It is a pleasure to meet you!

Ahrant Karthikeyan


Joy Choi

Joy Choi is currently a high school student studying at Earl Haig Secondary School. She has been doing Model UN since ninth grade and has attended twelve conferences throughout the past four years. With stellar analytic and leadership skills, Joy is passionate in helping others. Outside of academics, she has been a competitive figure skater during middle school and is currently a fervent guitarist. Some of her interests are attending concerts, hiking, and reading at her local library. Joy looks forward to sharing a long lasting experience with all CANMUN delegates! She can not wait to meet everyone and share a memorable weekend.

Joy Choi

Assistant Director