Second Annual Model UNESCO Mongolia Conference engaged youth on the prevention of violent extremism
100 young Mongolian women and men, between 16 and 24 years old, participated in the second annual Model UNESCO Mongolia (MuM) conference on 29 October 2016 at the State Palace in Ulaanbaatar. Organized by The Mongolian National Commission for UNESCO in cooperation with the UNESCO Beijing Office and UN Youth Advisory Panel Mongolia, this years’ debate centered on Sustainable Development Goal 16: Promoting Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions.
Throughout the one-day event young delegates took on the roles of 20 UNESCO member states (including Argentina, China, Germany, the Syrian Arab Republic, Tunisia and the United States of America), and were engaged in discussion and debates around the specific topic of short and long term measures to combat violent extremism to share knowledge and experiences, and arrive at shared understandings of the necessary steps towards peace around the world.
Violent extremism is a growing global issue that demands a global response. The UN Secretary-General created a Plan of Action to Eliminate Violent Extremism in February 2016, calling for the international community to act. During this conference, Mongolian youth sought solutions to this timely and urgent issue, the outcome of which will be delivered to the UNESCO Beijing Office.
The 100 participants represented the National University of Mongolia, Amnesty International, the Mongolian International University, Y-Peer International Network and several high schools. At this year’s conference, three certificates were awarded. The young delegates representing Japan were named Best Delegates, Mrs Khaliunaa M was named as Best Delegate and the Australian position paper was named as an Outstanding Position Paper.
Model United Nations conferences, where students play the role of diplomats and world leaders and engage in high level debates on pertinent global issues, are growing and popular academic activities which attract many young people. Model UNESCO is the first conference that simulates the UNESCO General Conference.
It aims to provide a venue for delegates to engage in high level discussions on a pressing international issue and put forth creative and innovative solutions, practice diplomacy and teamwork. It also provides good opportunities for university students and youth to enhance their research and debating skills.
Last year, the Mongolia National Commission for UNESCO organized the first Model UNESCO conference on the topic of the equal participation of women and men in the sustainable development process.
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