Committee for Development Policy

Chair: Bianca Mers
Assistant Director: Valentina Mascaro

The Committee for Development Policy (CDP) is a subsidiary advisory body of the United

Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), and advises ECOSOC on a plethora of social,economic, and environmental issues to achieve the goals outlined in the United Nations Sustainable Development Agenda. Some overarching goals for CDP are promoting productive capacity for sustainable development, strengthening international support measures for LDCs, achieving sustainable development in an age of climate change, and global governance and rules for the post-2015 era. There are 24 members a part of CDP, who are nominated by the Secretary-General and appointed by ECOSOC. The CDP meets annually and submits their recommendations in a report to ECOSOC. In this committee, we will be debating cross-sectoral development issues and international cooperation for development, focusing on both the medium- and long-term aspects.

Committee Topics

Topic A: The Emergence of South-South Cooperation for Achieving Sustainable Development Goals

South-South cooperation (SSC) refers to the processes and institutions across developing

countries designed to promote political, economic, and technical cooperation to achieve common sustainable development goals. SSC has been successful in creating a shift in the international balance of power by decreasing pressure and dependence on developed countries to provide aid. Most SSC is in the form of project finance and technical assistance with little or no conditionalities attached through loans or the transfer of goods and services. The absence of conditionalities in SSC makes it a more flexible and less restrictive model compared to the North-South model, which usually comes with policy strings attached. SSC is also more cost-effective due to less expensive financing, lower labor costs, higher productivity, cheaper procurement of materials, and more appropriate technology transfer. However, SSC has many challenges in addition to its advantages. Since this model is fairly new, effective mechanisms

and institutions to coordinate and manage SSC have not been developed. Moreover, SSC contributors are more concerned with the timely completion of projects over long-term sustainability or wider development impact of these projects. How can we increase the reliability of South-South Cooperation? How can developed countries help improve the SSC model? What policies should be put in place to manage the growing interdependence of countries?


Topic B: Policy for Population Management

Currently, the world population is 7.6 billion, and it is expected to increase to 8.6 billion in 2030

and 11.2 billion by 2100, with a growth rate of 1.1% per year. This increase in human population is not consistent across all countries, as the lesser developed countries mainly in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, are increasing in population the most, with a growth rate of 2.4%. An increase in population puts a great stress on sustainability as emissions are increased and finite resources are consumed proportionally to population growth. Policies need to be put in place to control population size and growth, age structure, fertility, reproductive health and family planning, health and mortality, spatial distribution, and internal and international migration. How can we promote population management in more conservative, lesser developed countries? How can we ensure that an imbalance of the elderly versus the young does not disadvantage the economy and quality of life in developed countries? What policies can be put in place to ensure that the current population achieves the Sustainable Development Goals?


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