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Engaging Youth in Understanding Multilateralism: The Model UN at UNGSC’s Base in Valencia


Submitted by Kristof Hamelryckx on 16 Apr 2024
16 Apr 2024

April 13-14, 2024 - 110 students from the European University of Valencia (UEV) gathered at the United Nations Information and Communication Technology Facility (UNICTF) for the 2024 Model United Nations conference. 

Participants debated issues relating to antiterrorism, the rule of law, and gender equality. A unique feature of the event was bilingualism, with English sessions interpreted into Spanish by students from the UEV Master's in Interpretation programme.

"This experience is more than an academic exercise; it's a real-life simulation of the UN’s work, crucial for understanding the complexities of international affairs," shared a student delegate. UEV faculty echoed this sentiment, "The skills these students are developing — negotiation, public speaking, and diplomacy — are needed to tackle today’s global challenges. It’s inspiring to see such commitment in the context of actual UN offices."

Representatives of UNGSC addressed the conference, noting the importance of fostering support for multilateralism and dialogue among young people, as the world grapples with conflict. The UEV Dean of International Relations closed the event, emphasizing the role of the event as a stepping stone for participants’ future careers in the international arena."
 

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