The university students taking part in MiMUN-UCJC closed the Model United Nations at the Madrid Assembly. Over 120 students from 12 universities across Spain will meet this week for the fifth, an educational model that simulates the functioning of the United Nations and one of the few endorsed by the UN itself. MiMUN-UCJC is sponsored by Banco Santander through Santander Universities and Catergest, and with the collaboration of UNICEF.
The various representatives of the UN commissions have defended the resolutions and conclusions reached over these days in their addresses in the Madrid Assembly. They reached a global commitment to reach a total of 33% renewable energy production by 2030.
Trinidad Martos thanked University Camilo José Cela for organising this type of event that seeks to achieve a better world and said she ‘felt immensely proud that these young people are so committed to solving today’s global problems, some of which have been debated in this project’ and encouraged young people to ‘be tirelessly curious and seek to discover and understand the world in depth’, with ‘the critical spirit of youth’, and ‘a commitment to negotiation and agreement essential to reach agreements’.
Emilio Lora-Tamayo, rector of University Camilo José Cela, remarked on the university’s responsibility ‘to be true to what MiMUN represents’.
Elizabeth Kitulo, teacher at the Kakuma camp (Kenya) with a grant to study at UCJC, gave an emotional speech in which she requested the support and empowerment of other women in the world, and said that ‘MiMUN-UCJC is a great opportunity to train new generations and contribute to their future.’
Alejandro Cifuentes, general secretary of MiMUN-UCJC, said that ‘it is people who really matter. Whatever we create, and whatever we feel, we are all the same.”
Amador Fraile, Director of Agreements and Sponsorships at Santander Universities wished to remind attendees that “at Santander we are aware of the value that education represents and, today more than ever, ongoing learning and training are essential elements to overcoming the day to day challenges we face in our personal and professional life. Without a doubt, all students here share a common trait, talent.”
Topics and conclusions of MiMUN-UCJC 2019
Throughout the week, through different debating and negotiating techniques in Spanish and English, students represented the member countries in the different UN commissions.
In this edition, the topics to be addressed by delegates and authorities were related to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee (SOCHUM) discussed the promotion of renewable energy, the decarbonisation of the production of energy and a reinvestment of the profits produced by fossil fuels towards renewable energies. In addition, the creation of technological infrastructures in developing countries and the promotion of education for the use of new technologies in developing countries through the distribution of new permanent education volunteer programmes.
At UN Women, the main issue was the risk for the integration and health of women victims of female genital mutilation, polygamy, child marriage and the use of the veil and abaya. Given these issues, the young people recommended, among other resolutions, the provision of financial resources by the United Nations to States for victims of female genital mutilation; urged the nations to take into account the wishes of each woman in marriage, thus guaranteeing her free consent; or defended the freedom to use the veil or abaya, ensuring the right to free expression in clothing and recognising said garment as a symbol of the Islamic faith.
In the Human Rights Committee, young people addressed the problem of access to drinking water and sanitation. In particular, the privatisation of water, the creation of an international agency with a fund to improve the distribution of water in the most affected countries and the responsibility of companies in the pollution and privation of water.
As for the Security Council, the topics discussed included the humanitarian crisis resulting from the conflict in South Sudan. The specific debates revolved around the withdrawal of all the troops deployed in this conflict, the convening of new democratic elections to establish a legitimate government, opening up of the country’s economy and an industrial development programme.
Participating in the closing ceremony were the President of the Assembly of Madrid, Juan Trinidad Martos; the Rector of UCJC, Emilio Lora-Tamayo; the General Secretary of MiMUN-UCJC, Alejandro Cifuentes; the Director of Agreements and Sponsorships for Santander Universities, Amador Fraile; Ana Méndez, Deputy Secretary General MiMUN-UCJC; and Verónica Gil, Director of MiMUN-UCJC.