dhruv pillai '17 historical general assembly, 1997

dhruv pillai '17
historical general assembly, 1997


Dhruv is a senior at Harvard College studying mechanical engineering, and is interested in applying engineering to sustainable energy generation and storage. His academic work has included research in grid-scale energy storage, industry work in solar panel R&D and photovoltaic optimization, and scientific instrument design. Dhruv enjoys watching and performing stand-up comedy, watching and playing football, and, he recently discovered, writing in the third-person. WorldMUN 2017 will be Dhruv's inaugural MUN experience, and he's thrilled to have his first experience be so special. He's pumped to meet all of you; feel free to reach out to talk everything from COP 21 to Carson Wentz. 


Topic: Kyoto

Climate change, though inherently rooted in science, is fraught with political and economic complexity. For all the answers that we have regarding the mechanisms of sea-level rise and the loss of arable land, we have many more questions about whether or not developed countries should be held more responsible for the state of the climate, to what extent climate relief efforts should be considered before poverty and disease programs, and whether energy companies should be compelled to transition away from fossil fuels. International cooperation and deliberation is crucial to navigating this complicated landscape. Indeed, delegations have met annually since 1995 and managed to pass multiple climate agreements, but scientists fear that it may already be too little too late. Hindsight is supposedly 20/20; given what we know now about the efficacy of climate agreements and our path toward sustainability, can we expose flaws in past agreements?

Delegates in this committee will be transported back to 1997 to The Kyoto Protocol on Climate Change and will determine its terms. The Kyoto Protocol was the first international treaty to restrict greenhouse gas emissions, and set important precedents and baselines upon which future action on climate change would be based. It is our hope that, by examining and critically reflecting upon the past, we will more reliably be able to predict our future.