Young university students propose measures to successfully achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

Camilo José Cela University, through its UCJC Foundation, held the sixth edition of MiMUN-UCJC –Madrid International Model United Nations– in which over 100 students from universities around the world take part. Through different debate and negotiation techniques, in Spanish and English, students represent the member countries in the different United Nations commissions. The model was inaugurated at the UCJC Villafranca Campus, in Madrid, and will run until Friday, 30 April.

“We are all agents of change and more so at moments like these in which society demands from each of us an individual and collective effort to improve the ecosystem in which we live,” said Nieves Segovia, president of SEK Education Group. “Without shared reflections and without dialogue, it is not possible to reach consensus and collective agreements that promote adequate solutions and Camilo José Cela University wants to once again be a vehicle and platform for this objective to become a reality,” she stressed.

Meanwhile, Emilio Lora-Tamayo, rector of Camilo José Cela University, reviewed some recent examples of attacks on freedom and critical thinking at an international level, and warned that “communication and expression through the media must be free, without interference or censorship on behalf of states or any body or social group ”. On the part of the University, he stressed that “our vocation is that our classrooms leave young people turned into global citizens, citizens with a free, critical and supportive spirit; able to contribute to society; to add value, through the search for innovative solutions and creativity”.

Other dignitaries taking part in the opening of the event included Ana Fernández, general secretary of MiMUN-UCJC; Alexandra Barak, Deputy Secretary General of MiMUN-UCJC; Ignacio Sell, director of the UCJC Foundation and Alfredo Rodríguez, professor at Camilo José Cela University.

In this educational experience, students must put themselves in the shoes of the delegates of the country it has fallen on them to represent, and they must find solutions to specific problems on the international agenda. This year’s edition dealt with various issues that currently affect international society, such as the protection of journalists in conflict zones, the geopolitical situation of the China Sea, o the role of science and technology in the context of international security and disarmament processes.

MiMUN-UCJC seeks to recreate a full experience of the world of international diplomacy: with rules and regulations that adhere rigorously to the realities of how the United Nations work, dealing with affairs of the most current concern, with lobbying and negotiating sessions, possible crisis situations requiring emergency sessions of the various commissions.

Model united nations aim to foment a critical attitude and encourage student participation in the acquisition of the principles, values and mechanisms necessary for the peaceful resolution of conflicts. They also contribute to understanding the current international situation.

The team organising MiMUN-UCJC is made up of experts from the UN and university students with broad experience in other models, who represent member countries and different UN bodies.