The President of the 2010 Global Model United Nations General Assembly, Yue Qiushi, gave visitors to the UN pavilion in Shanghai a taste of how the global organization works when she presented a preview of an upcoming conference scheduled August 14-18 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, intended to show young people how an international summit meeting works.
“I started by participating in a locally run University Model UN,” said Ms. Yue, who comes from China’s Harbin province. “And I was so inspired by the globally oriented atmosphere and the opportunity to learn about our world and the UN that I kept on coming back.
“Now I have had the humbling honour of being selected as President of the General Assembly by delegates from all over the world,” she said. “The Global Model UN is a great opportunity to make our voices heard as youth”.
Coordinated by the United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI), the conference will bring together the best university-level students from Model United Nations programmes around the world. They will discuss the theme, Towards an Alliance of Civilizations: Bridging Cultures to Achieve Peace and Development. Global Model United Nations 2010 will be a simulation of a summit meeting, giving delegates a forum to address issues at the highest level.
The Conference is designed to expand and deepen the Department's outreach to youth, a top priority for the United Nations, particularly with the International Year of Youth being launched on August 12.
More information on the Global Model United Nations Conference and on the student leaders can be found on the Conference website: www.un.org/gmun.