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Model United Nations Conference, New York

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Between 9th and 11th of March I had the opportunity to attend the 'Future We Want' Model United Nations Conference (FWWMUN) at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

With more than 2500 university and high school students attending the conference from more than 140 different countries, the FWWMUN is considered to be the biggest modern Model United Nations Conference to have ever been organized.

At the opening ceremony, students could meet some of the permanent representatives to the UN. The 50th anniversary of the foundation of Rotary International was also celebrated as, together with the Italian Diplomatic Academy, they were the co-organizers of the event.

The next day the actual conference started in full swing. After collecting the security pass to the UN headquarters, I was ready to start the work in the Disarmament and International Security Committee (DISEC) where I represented Vietnam and debated the issue of nuclear disarmament. After a full day of debates together with other nations believing in nuclear-free world, we managed to come up with a draft resolution which I had the chance to sponsor and present in the committee.

In the evening once the demanding debates were over, the delegates headed to the Grand Hyatt Hotel for the networking event. Not only could the students meet their peers from almost any part of the world, but could have a private conversation with some of the diplomats about the pros and cons of working in diplomacy.

The third and last day of the debates was held in the Hilton Midtown Hotel. During the committee session, there came a time to vote on the proposed resolutions. After reaching a consensus, the organizers held three separate closing ceremonies (it was very hard to get a room fitting over 2500 delegates!). Not only did the delegates hear the closing remarks from the organizers of the conference, but each committee gave an award for the best delegate and one honorable mention. I had the pleasure of receiving an honorable mention for proposing a resolution in my committee, urging for development of nuclear-free zones.

The very last point of the conference was proposing a resolution for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2030 Agenda. All students agreed and officially became the honorary ambassadors of the resolution, aiming for the sustainable future we want for the next generations.

Bogdan Oworuszko (L6)