On April 29, during a Model UN (MUN) conference organized jointly by the United Nations Office (UNO) Yerevan and the Yerevan State Linguistic University, more than 30 students increased their knowledge of UN values and the importance of non-proliferation of nuclear weapons while honing their negotiation and communication skills.
The MUN was a simulation of the UN Security Council session dedicated to the issue of nuclear tests conducted by North Korea.
Students, as diplomats representing the positions of the 15 Security Council countries discussed and deliberated a resolution. Prior to the MUN Conference, training sessions were held to further educate the participants on the UN global agenda, the functions and structure of the UN Security Council as well as its Rules of Procedures.
UNO staff, former UNO volunteers with extensive MUN experience, as well as a trainer from the Armenian UN Association, guided the participants through the preparation period, while two distinguished diplomats delivered lectures on the issue being simulated.
The students learned more about the leading role of the UN and its Security Council on the UN agenda issue of non-proliferation and North Korea. They understood what a huge responsibility it is to prepare their respective country’s position, properly voice it, negotiate, and find a common ground with other states, while taking into account possible consequences not just for their country and the region, but for the whole planet. The ability to negotiate, compromise, build consensus and tolerate other points of view, was unarguably useful for their future careers and will help them in becoming more active members of their society.
Maria Dotsenko, UNO Representative in Yerevan, Ambassador Vahram Kazhoyan, Head of the Department of International Organizations within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Lusine Fldjyan, Deputy Rector of the Yerevan State Linguistic University highlighted that MUN is a useful tool which helps youth to better understand the challenges of global UN agenda and role of UN in promoting peace and security. They were impressed by the passion and enthusiasm showed by the students and the efforts they had invested into research and presentations.
Students actively discussed the agenda issue and as a result, drafted a resolution which was successfully adopted. At the end of the session, participants received Certificates of Appreciation and the best delegate selected by the participants themselves received a symbolic award.
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