On May 3-4, the University of World Economy and Diplomacy (UWED) hosted its 10th Model UN Conference, organized with support from the UN Office in Tashkent and attended by over 170 students from 23 Uzbek higher education institutions.
Delivering welcome remarks at the start of the conference, UN Resident Coordinator in Uzbekistan Stefan Priesner said that the Uzbek youth’s interest in the UN role-play event is growing year after year. He also underlined the significance of UWED as the host of the conference because it trains future diplomats that must have effective negotiation skills. Mr. Priesner reminded those gathered that each MUN conference should focus on three UN pillars: respect for human rights, the Sustainable Development Goals, and mitigation of climate change consequences.
This year’s conference drew students from a record number of 23 higher education schools from Andijan, Bukhara, Fergana, Gulistan, Jizzakh, Namangan, Navoi, Samarkand and Urgench, as opposed to 13 institutions last year.
The conference participants sat in four General Assembly committees that focused on: strengthening of regional and international scientific and technology ties in the provision of international security; efforts to create sustainable peace; peacemaking in a post-conflict world; and Security Council measures to ensure peaceful use of cosmic space.
On the second day of the conference, the audience was treated to dance and singing performances by students.
The students that gained important skills in discussing global problems and making crucial decisions were given MUN Conference Certificates. Participants that demonstrated distinctive activity were honored with commemorative presents in the Best Delegate, Best Delegation, Best Report and Best Costume categories by the UN Office in Uzbekistan and the UWED MUN Club.