Youth and Education
On May 17-18, at Radisson Blue Iveria, Tbilisi, the United
Nations Association of Georgia celebrated its 100th anniversary
Model United Nations conference in Georgia. As a culminating event of the
spring cycle of university-based MUN sessions, the conference involved up to 80
university students that discussed global environment and sustainable energy
National MUN Conference was opened by UN Resident Coordinator
in Georgia, Mr. Jamie McGoldrick, who congratulated the United Nations
Association of Georgia on its 100th MUN conference and delivered a welcoming
speech for participant students, stressing the importance of understanding today’s
global challenges and acting against their immediate and long-term implications
on the lives of individual nations throughout the world.
Over 80 students from 10 different universities of Georgia,
from Tbilisi and regions, participated in a two day simulation of the General
Assembly to discuss the issue of “Global energy Resources and Sustainable
Development”. Participants excelled in employing creative thinking and
diplomatic action while elaborating different interesting ideas on how to decrease
pollution rates and promote biomass for alternative energy production. After
two days of intensive and very interesting discussions, MUN delegates achieved
to reach consensus on two draft resolutions for final voting.
Out of 211 delegates throughout Georgia, 60 best students
were selected. Together with 20 MUN Ambassadors, they took part in the National
Session. The project covered 10 leading Georgian Universities: Ilia State
University, Tbilisi State University, Free University of Tbilisi,
Georgian-American University, University of Georgia, International Black Sea
University, Telavi State University, Gori State University, Kutaisi state
University and Akhaltsikhe State University.
Model United Nations Corners were established in all 10 participant
universities to further promote student interest and involvement in Model UN
and similar educational opportunities, which help students to gain a global
perspective on world problems, acquire and improve their leadership, speaking,
writhing and teamwork skills that they can apply in their future personal and
professional lives. This active learning experience also allows its
participants to understand the importance of their involvement in decision
making, and understand the consequences that their decisions and actions may
have both locally and globally.
UNAG has pioneered the idea of interactive role-playing in
Georgia, launching the country’s first-ever Model UN Sessions in 1996 for
junior-level students in International Relations departments at leading
Georgian universities. Since then, Model UN sessions and role-playing have been
a distinctive area of UNAG expertise. The sessions are held regularly, at times
hosted by former participants in Model UN sessions, some of whom currently
occupy important positions in public service, national and international
bodies, and academia.
Using a methodology employed worldwide and adapted by UNAG
trainers to local needs, students embrace the exciting world of international
politics through an experience that helps them understand the instruments of
multilateral diplomacy directly and have fun at the same time. On an emotional level, Model UN is a motivational
experience. It’s fun to pretend a world leader solving the world’s most important
problems in 48 hours or less. Participants explore new places, share common
experiences with teammates and friends, and make new friends with smart and
interesting students from other universities.
Spring cycle of MUN was co-supported by the United States
State Department Bureau of Education and Culture, IREX and the United Nations
Development Program in Georgia. For more information about this and other MUN
events (including future plans), please check Model UN section on www.una.ge, or visit UNAG’s facebook pages at: www.facebook.com/una.ge and/or https://www.facebook.com/SakartvelosGaerosModelireba.