Macedonian Model United Nations (MMUN) is an academic simulation for high school and college students. The Conference is held in our country for the fourth time. This year the Youth plenum was held at FON University in Skopje at which attended participants from the region, more than 140 young people from Macedonia and 16 from Kosovo. The Conference is organized by the Coalition of youth organizations SEGA and Peace Corps in Macedonia. MMUN program and mission allows young participants to acquire various skills of rules of debating, public speaking, academic writing, teamwork.
Otherwise MMUN project takes approximately 8 months where the starting point is the formation of a team of delegates who has been awarded one of the Member States of the United Nations to represent at the official Conference. The delegates have the right to choose the level of participation of Conference including: individual, team – general level and team – advanced level. Each delegate, depending on their choice to participate, receives appropriate training.
During the 7-months preparation, delegates explore the given countries to them to represent at the Conference, study the problems – debate points of the Boards that are previously assigned, write an essay about them and learn the rules of MUN debate. Before attending the Conference, delegates visited 3-4 regional workshops where they have the opportunity to train and prepare for MMUN Conference in practice. This year, delegates debated and successfully found a solution i.e. voted the greatest number of resolutions within the UN Boards.
I sincerely recommend it to all who want to acquire several different skills simultaneously or to be upgraded in the field of debate and public speaking to apply for Model United Nations. Whether you sign up to participate in the advanced or general level preparatory process, cooperation with the US Peace Corps, active participation during the preparatory period and the conference are really wonderful and enriching experience.
These are some of this year’s recommendations of the young delegates regarding global issues:
• To encourage high quality free education and to give greater value to informal education;
• To condemn discrimination in terms of age and to give more opportunity for practice and volunteering;
• To promote national campaigns and programs that promotes gender equality, inclusion, tolerance and acceptance of marginalized groups;
• Provide flexible education programs for young people living in refugee camps and countries with extreme poverty;
• To foster the social development of vulnerable categories of citizens through: a) support microfinance initiatives through business grants, tax incentives and simplification of procedures; b) the establishment of national and international training programs; c) semi-annual reports and public meetings to measure progress;
• To improve: a) health and educational infrastructure; b) communication and transport systems; c) the infrastructure for delivery of electricity and drinking water;
• To commit Member States of the United Nations to rational use of natural resources and promoting a green economy and environmental protection;
• To create conditions for the rehabilitation of children who were/are part of the armed conflict and to provide conditions for practical implementation of children’s rights;
• With particular attention to approach the fight against terrorism in Africa and to ensure practical implementation of reform in the security sector.
Photo gallery of the event.