1st Global Model UN Conference (GMUN)
For the first time ever a Global Model United Nations (GMUN) conference was organized by the UN Department of Public Information New York Headquarters (UN DPI NY) in partnership with World Federation of UN Associations (WFUNA).
The theme of the Conference was “The Millennium Development Goals – Lifting the Bottom Billion out Poverty” and took place in Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland, from 5-7 August 2009.
Armenian UN Association represented a nine-member delegation in the conference. Nine best students from the Yerevan State University, French University of Armenia and Armenian-Russian Slavonic University were among 700 participants from 60 UN member states in the GMUN conference.
The conference aimed at serving as a bridge for exchanging experience on UN modeling and decision making in the framework of United Nations. It encouraged the next generation of world leaders to take part in dealing with national and global problems, to voice their own solution mechanisms and approaches concerning these core issues.
For the selected participants the UN New York Headquarters initiated special online classes and video-conference sessions with the officials of UN in New York and Geneva.
Before the Conference the Armenian delegation also visited the RA Consul in Switzerland, Mr. Gagik Hovhannisyan where the delegation’s members learnt about the consulate works in Switzerland, the Armenian Diaspora there and also discussed the conference items. Mr. Hovhannisyan outlined necessary information and diplomatic nuances for the delegates to get prepared for a speech in the UN Geneva Headquarters.
The Conference Opening
The Conference opening ceremony was held in the UN General Assembly Hall in Geneva. The participants received a greeting from the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon. At the opening ceremony a number of UN high officials were present.
The Work in Committees
For three days the participants worked, debated and adopted subsequent resolutions in fourth different committees: Disarmament and International Security; the Economic Crises and Climate Change; Human Rights, Environment, Children of Conflict and MDG; UNRWA's (UN Relief and Work Agency for Palestinian Refugees) and the Achievement of MDG.
After three-day intense debates each Committee adopted a resolution related to the problems raised above. The resolutions were completed in a Declaration for all.
The Conference closing
The conference was concluded by the gathering in the General Assembly Hall, during which the Declaration was read up. The young delegates adopted it by consensus calling different countries to follow their example and reach an agreement for a more efficient realization of the MDGs.
The closing of the conference was processed by the Certificate Awarding Ceremony.
Participation of the Armenian UN Association's Delegation
- The Armenian delegation's participation in the 1st GMUN was of core importance. Firstly, the young people learnt on practice about the work, done by the UN office in Geneva, got to know UN agencies and bodies, which is a huge professional upgrade.
- Secondly, they affirmed and enriched their diplomatic skills and knowledge during the international negotiations and discussions.
The Armenian delegation’s participation was highly sponsored and supported by the RA President Mr. Serzh Sargsyan, RA General Aviation Department, UN Department of Public Information Yerevan office and the Armenian UN Association.
3rd WFUNA Asia and Pacific Regional Model UN (APMUN)Partners: WFUNA, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea, UNA ROK, Incheon Metropolitan City, Ewha Women’s University
Nearly 300 university students from 20 member countries of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) met from 21-25 July in Incheon, Republic of Korea in the context of the third WFUNA Asia and Pacific Regional Model UN Conference.
The theme of the conference was "Achieving the Millennium Development Goals by 2015: Proactive Approaches beyond Conventional Wisdom".
In considering how to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, the delegates discussed in a Plenary and three Committees, the need for pursuing alternative energy sources to ensure the future against threats of climate change, diminishing the risk of natural disasters especially in impoverished areas, advancing towards a knowledge-based economy, and regional collaboration to stop human trafficking.
The delegates adopted by acclamation several resolutions and the Incheon Declaration, which advocates drawing on support from international organizations, civil society and the private sector to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.
AUNA delegation, with support of UN DPI Armenia and Department for International Development of the British Embassy (DFID), took part in the 3rd WFUNA Asia and Pacific Regional Model UN Conference for the first time. It had a very successful participation and was warmly welcomed by all the participants of the Conference.
Armenian delegation succeeded in creation of new relations which helped to prepare a ground for further collaboration with different UNAs.
In the official opening ceremony of the 3rd WFUNA Asia and Pacific Regional Model UN Conference the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon commended students at the APMUN conference on the Millennium Development Goals for exploring proactive approaches to the achievement of the Goals by 2015. Ban Ki-moon’s video message encouraged the students to "build a better understanding of our United Nations – what it is, what it does, and what it can do".
The opening ceremony was attended by high-level guests including the Mayor of Incheon, Ahn Sang-soo, Deputy Minister, Ambassador Oh Joon, WFUNA Secretary-General, Pera Wells, and former Executive Secretary of ESCAP Kim Hak-su.
APMUN served as an excellent tool in extending the value of the Model UN to the Asia Pacific region and the Armenian delegation does its best to be one of the multipliers of those values.