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UNDPI Continues to Support Model UN Conferences in Yerevan

YEREVAN, ARMENIA 2 March 2011 -- The UN Department of Public Information Office in Armenia, in cooperation with the Armenian UN Association, the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, organized a Model UN Conference simulation of the Security Council session, which was held yesterday in Yerevan.

This Republican Model UN Conference summarized five Model UN Conferences, which were conducted for the first time all over Armenia in 2010 for 150 young people. The delegates of this Model UN were the best participants of the regional UN Conferences and other active youth from their respective regions.

Some 30 students represented 15 UN Member States simulating the work of the UN Security Council.   They prepared their countries’ positions on the topic of the Conference “Opening the Borders: Reassessment of Armenian-Turkish Relations”.  

Maria Dotsenko, Representative of the UN Department of Public Information, said: “I am impressed how well these participants are prepared. The UNDPI traditionally supports the organization of UN Model Conferences.  Youth from all over the country have a unique opportunity not only to learn more about the functioning of the UN and its values, but also to improve their negotiation, communication and consensus-building skills, which will help them to be more active participants in society.”
Mr. Vahram Kazhoyan, Head of the Department of International Organizations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs added: “Discussions about Armenian-Turkish relations will help young people to look at this sensitive issue from the global perspective and will strengthen their knowledge of Armenian foreign politics and international relations”.

Arpine Danielyan, the Executive Director of the Armenian UN Association commented: “Our Association has always encouraged youth involvement in public activities. I am sure that the participation in the Model UN Conferences is one of the best ways for youth to express themselves as decision-makers”.

Prior to the Conference, a training was held to educate the participants on the UN, the functions and structures of the Security Council and the Rules of Procedures.  Experienced trainers guided the participants’ research and distributed specially designed guidelines.

Armen Martirosyan, from Lori, Vanadzor, was chosen by participants as the Best Delegate and his work received a special recognition by a symbolic award.  
Model UN Conferences are a simulation of the UN bodies during which participants represent different UN member States and discuss issues of global importance.

The models enjoy great popularity among youth in many UN Member States as well as in Armenia.  Participants do research on proposed mock study cases, present their respective country statements, learn to find consensus, discuss their positions and negotiate a joint resolution.

Model UN Conference Held for Regional Universities in Uzbekistan

The United Nations Information Center in Uzbekistan holds Model UN Conference for the regional universities of Uzbekistan
NUKUS, URGENCH 24 - 26 March 2011 – The United Nations Information Center in Uzbekistan, in close partnership with the Berdakh Karakalpak State University and the Urgench State University, held a two-day Model UN Conference for the first time. Among the topics discussed were: 

  • Global Climate Change: Agenda for the Future
  • Millennium Development Goals: Promoting Gender Equality and Empowering Women
Over 90 students from these regional universities along with student delegates from two different universities in Tashkent participated in this hands-on simulation of international negotiation representing permanent members of the UN Security Council plus 40 countries from Asia-Pacific, the Caribbean, Africa, America, Europe and the Middle East. It is worth noting that the conference proceedings were held in English and followed the format developed by the Global Model UN that is organized each year by the UN Department of Public Information.
In the past few years, Model UN conferences in Uzbekistan have become an increasingly popular and valuable means of educating students about the United Nations and global issues. Model UN enhances students’ aptitude to employ a variety of communication, research and critical thinking skills, engage in diverse aspects of conflict resolution and it also creates a life-long opportunity to make new acquaintances.
Prior to the Model UN conference, students conducted briefings on the structure and decision-making process at the UN and its specialized agencies and drafted preliminary position papers of their assigned countries. In addition, they worked on developing their oratory, caucusing and negotiating, team work, leadership and note taking skills.  
Although the students from the regional universities of Uzbekistan had no previous Model UN experience, they took an active part in stimulating debate and worked together to write resolutions on Global Climate Change and the MDGs. Students were able to make the conference as authentic as possible .
The conference concluded with the presentation of certificates and awarded delegates with UNIC prizes in the following categories: Best Contribution, Best Delegation, Best Position Paper and Best Speaker. The next Model UN conference is scheduled to be held in autumn, 2011 with the involvement of more students from Tashkent and the regional universities of Uzbekistan.
For more information please visit www.un.uz
Submitted by the United Nations Information Center in Uzbekistan