Future We Want

Model United Nations Conference

FWWMUN

 

From March 8-11, 2018, over 2,000 delegates will gather at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City to participate in rigorous debates about critical issues facing people around the world. The Future We Want Model United Nations Conference (FWWMUN) will provide delegates the opportunity to explore issues the United Nations faces today. Delegates will debate in the UN General Assembly Hall, Economic and Social Council Chamber, and other official meeting places giving them the opportunity to live the experience of diplomats at the UN Headquarters. As delegates debate issues picked directly from the United Nations agenda, they will have the opportunity to understand the critical need for international peace and security. Together, the delegates will work to find realistic solutions, which at the conclusion of the conference will be submitted to the United Nations Secretariat for review. Delegates will have the opportunity to impact international development, peace, and security following four days of rigorous debate.

Model UN is an incredible educational experience that helps to train future world leaders and introduce students to some of the world’s most pressing issues. In order to make this experience accessible to all students, we will be providing scholarships for the first 1500 students to confirm registration to attend the conference without any delegate or advisor fees. For students travelling to the conference from outside of the New York City area, a limited number of housing scholarships are also available on a first-come, first-served basis to cover hotel costs.

 

We are thrilled to be presenting this conference to you and look forward to seeing you in New York City!

Background

Inspired by the 2012 Rio+20 Resolution, “The Future We Want”, the World Federation of Model United Nations Associations (WFMUNA) is committed to promoting a united international community, a better future, and a more sustainable world through the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). WFMUNA has identified 10 goals from the 17 SDGs as key focus areas related to youth and education to guide the work of the organization. UN high level officials have highlighted the important role Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and Youth NGOs play in advocating for the SDGs in their countries. WFMUNA will work closely with organizations committed to bringing about the Future We Want to help all of us address this challenge together.

Our Approach

A core principle of WFMUNA programming is a commitment to substantive excellence. As a Global NGO committed to educating youth through Model United Nations programs and conferences, WFMUNA seeks to bring together future generations of leaders from all corners of the globe to gain first-hand experience in international relations, to produce high quality resolutions aimed at bringing about the Future We Want, and to submit these resolutions to relevant UN agencies and world leaders for consideration. FWWMUN is the largest Model United Nations conference held entirely within the United Nations Headquarters, and is committed to building a better world by serving the United Nations and international community.

Methodology

By bringing together the social mission of WFMUNA along with a committed secretariat led by senior officers and brilliant young enthusiasts, WFMUNA, working actively with NGOs and academic institutions across the globe, will promote and educate students in leadership, international relations, and consensus-building. WFMUNA programs bring together students from around the world to meet as youth, build long-standing friendships, and learn emotional and social skills along with gaining a new level of academic understanding of the issues discussed at the United Nations. Students will develop their critical thinking skills, cross-cultural understanding, and self-confidence through this activity to go on and become Agents of Change in their communities.

The Role of Youth in Sustainable Development: Engaged, Involved, Empowered!

Concept note

Conference: A United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI) Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) associated NGO MUN conference will be held at the United Nations Headquarters, New York, March 8th – 11th 2018.

The event is under the theme: “The Role of Youth in Sustainable Development: Involved, Engaged, Empowered!”.

Rationale: The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted by United Nations (UN) Member States in September 2015. Youths are at the centre of sustainable development and with ½ of the world population represented by youth, it is crucial to engage them in the process; at all levels. The 2030 agenda cannot be successfully achieved, if we fail to address the cultural nuances that invariably exist and bring youths to the decision-making table.

Purpose: The conference is the first of its kind engaging MUNers at the UNHQ on 10 of the 17 sustainable development goals. It will focus on the significance of youth voices from a plethora of backgrounds, in not only understanding, but implementing the 2030 SDG agenda, at all levels of the decision-making process. The conference will present a unique opportunity for a newly appointed DPI/NGO associated NGO to assert its position of placing youths at the centre of achieving the sustainable development goals, the world over. It is anticipated that after the event, the Italian Diplomatic Academy, in association with the Future We Want MUN, will be in a better position to create an entity that governs all MUN networks under one umbrella, regulated by the UN and DPI/NGO, with a focus on ensuring effective implementation and execution of the SDGs at local and regional levels, leaving no one behind.

Venue: The event will be held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City.

Planning and Format: The planning process will be organized by an organizing committee, set up under the IDA umbrella and an international secretariat, run by a Secretary General. The committee sessions will be chaired by appointed and experienced chairs within the MUN circle with the intention of sharing all passed resolutions to the UN bodies, written in UN language. The Organising committee and the Secretariat shall make every effort to ensure that perspectives from diverse regions and communities are represented, including marginalized youth groups.

Participation: We currently have youth participation from over 130 countries and are still in discussions with Permanent Missions, especially from developing countries, to increase participation and inclusion of these often-forgotten youths. Additionally, Permanent Missions are asked to support the participation of representatives from vulnerable and marginalised communities mostly affected by poverty, inequality, and injustice.

Conclusion: The Future We Want MUN builds on the commitment made by member states in 2012. However, FWWMUN has taken a new paradigm shift by focusing solely on youth engagement, the world over. We anticipate that the conference in March 2018 will serve as the pinnacle for future conferences that will serve as the international community ‘go to’ tool in engaging young persons and young professionals in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the world over. It will prove as a unique opportunity to fully engage civil society on the importance of MUN and engaging youths at all levels towards achieving the 2030 agenda.

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