2011-10-14 | News
UN Department of Public Information Dedicates a Model UN Conference to the International Year of Forests

The UN Department of Public Information Office in Armenia, in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, organized a Model UN Conference simulation of the Caucasus Regional Meeting of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) on the theme “Reduction of green-house gases in the Caucasus as a result of multilateral regional cooperation”. The conference was held today in Yerevan.

The conference is organized in the framework of the International Year of Forests. Some 50 students represented UN Member States and partner international organizations simulating the work of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. They prepared their countries’ and/or organizations’ positions on the topic of the Conference.  

Vahram Kajoyan, Head of the Department of International Organizations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs welcomed the participants with warm words. He appreciated the challenge that the students have taken simulating such a complicated topic but which is very relevant to the current situation of the region. He voiced hope that both in the course of preparation and the conference itself will give an invaluable experience to all – learning about the United Nations and the world environmental hot issues.

Armineh Haladjian, UN DPI Officer in Charge, said: “I am impressed how enthusiastic the participants were during the whole process of preparation. I am sure the students had a unique opportunity not only to learn more about the procedures and mandates of the UN, its values and goals, but also improved their negotiation, communication and consensus-building skills, which will help them to be more active participants in the society.”

Prior to the Conference, three training sessions were held to educate the participants on the UN, the functions and structure of the UNFCCC as well as its Rules of Procedures. Experienced trainers and thematic experts guided the participants’ research and distributed specially designed guidelines.

The respective embassies/organizations operating in Armenia supported the participants in the research and briefed the students providing them with information that assisted the delegates in properly representing the respective counties’ and/or organizations’ positions on this significant issue.

At the end of the day all participants received certificates of appreciation.
Model UN Conferences simulate the UN bodies during which participants represent different UN member States and discuss issues of global importance. The models enjoy great popularity among youth in many UN Member States as well as in Armenia.  Participants do research on proposed mock study cases, present their respective country statements, learn to find consensus, discuss their positions and negotiate a joint resolution.  

The UN Department of Public Information (UN DPI) is the public voice of the UN and the principal source of information about the United Nations system. It promotes global awareness and greater understanding of the work of the UN, using various communication tools including press, electronic and new media.

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