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“United we shall stand”
Distinguished Advisor, honorable Chairs, fellow Delegates
My name is Matteo Anela and it is with great honor, as your Secretary General, that I welcome you to the 2019 international cooperation, which will occur on the 14th, 15th and 16th of March.
In the past, I performed the role of the delegate of several countries, an activity that helped me understand better and better how the UN works, how countries of thoroughly different opinions discuss and how they, eventually, come up with resolutions. It is, therefore, a real pleasure for me to be involved in all of this once again. I hope this experience will help you likewise, but most of all I hope you will enjoy it in all its challenges. In fact, a brand- new conference is about to take place, carrying along just as new issues that stress important aspects of our current society, but I sincerely believe that you are fully prepared to face them.
During the MUN you will become more aware of what is happening all over the world around you. Moreover, you will learn how to use this new knowledge both for the conference and your own personal education. Furthermore, the fact that you will be working with people from different countries is not to underestimate, as it is an example, although small, of real international cooperation.
With that said, here are the topics that Nations are struggling with today and that need a solution:
The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) will address the following matter:
Nowadays millions of children around the world are stuck in an unacceptable and widespread phenomenon known as child labour. Child labour leads to several conditions such as slavery, child soldiering, sexual exploitation and illicit activities, including drug trafficking. As a consequence, all of these children are deprived of their childhood, education and health. How can UN deal with the problem of child labour and protect the rights of children?
The Human Rights Committee (HRC) will answer the question:
What can the UN do to ensure transparency in the apparel industry? Protecting the rights of workers throughout supply chains and guaranteeing labour law compliance in factories.
The Political Committee (PC) this year is asked to cope with competition in terms of space control: We live in an age of space discovery. The cosmos holds a lot of potential, but in this new unknown expanse we shouldn’t create an opportunity for the mighty to rule over the weakened.
How can governments prevent the creation of an unjust system of outer space control?
And finally, the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will deal with the question:
What actions can governments take to equalize everyone regarding education?
As the conference unfolds, my advice is to not be intimidated to support your country’s politics and actions, because this is a delegate’s job. But, at the same time, do not allow them to prevent the country itself and others from agreeing for a global improvement. Witnessing the birth of a new resolution is a unique experience, and the chance to be part of it is even more unparalleled. Those who join the MUN for the first time will find out why the “older” ones kept on doing it year after year and they will, hopefully, take their place.
I would like to end by reporting these following verses that can sum up the meaning of this huge collaboration:
“Sounds the call to come together and united we shall stand. Let us live and strive for freedom in […] our land”