Former United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon delivers keynote speech at inaugural GWAMUN conference
• GEMS World Academy Model United Nations (GWAMUN) hosts first conference in Dubai from January 9 to 11, 2020
• Guest of honour and 8th Secretary-General of the United Nations – His Excellency Ban Ki-moon and ambassador of GWAMUN - addresses the inaugural session and delivers keynote on ‘Global Citizenship’
His Excellency Ban Ki-moon, the former Secretary-General of the United Nations and co-chair of the Ban Ki-moon Center for Global Citizens, inaugrated the first GEMS World Academy Model United Nations (GWAMUN) session. The two-day conference was held at GEMS World Academy, Dubai (GWA) from January 9-11, 2020 and was attended by more than 500 delegates from 34 GEMS Education schools along with GWA Singapore and other schools in the UAE. The conference was additionally attended by government officials, educating faculty and students from all over the region. The South Korean statesman was currently appointed as the ambassador of the Model United Nations(MUN) at GEMS World Academy offering students the extraordinary chance to obtain precious insights from one of the world’s most admired leaders.
The conference, under the theme of “Challenges of Intervention in a Complex World,” was organised by the GWAMUN Secretariat – a crew of seven students from GWA. Model MUN periods focused on driving speech and sharping perceptions as well as gaining a vital grasp of the social, political, economic, and environmental challenges confronting the global community. Delegates mentioned key factors such as the difficulties of intervention in an increasingly complex, connected, and multipolar world - one of the greatest challenges dealing with the global community.
In his keynote address, Ban Ki-moon said: “We have to be stimulated to go out into the world and to work not only for the betterment of our own country but additionally for the betterment of humankind. It is crucial that we all are international citizens first and act with zeal and compassion. Today’s youth ought to be empowered to discuss about these issues. I am assured that together, we can make the world safer and more sustainable for today, and for generations to come.
“I am delighted to attend the first conference where I had the privilege of meeting the GEMS World Academy students and thank the Secretariat crew led by their Director-General Lihong Wang, and Deputy General Aditya Joshi for organising the Model United Nations Conference. These students are passionate and dedicated to the MUN concept. They are our future as I look ahead to seeing how they will deal with crucial subjects impacting our world,” he added.
GWAMUN’s ambition is not simply bringing simulation advantages to individual however cultivating an ethic of service, and a personality of mindfulness. The conference objectives to convey into nearer contact the magnitude of the challenges confronting all of humanity and encourage each and everybody to fit words with meaningful actions.
Dino Varkey, CEO of GEMS Education, said: “We are delighted to be joined by our guest of honour – the 8th Secretary-General of the United Nations – His Excellency Ban Ki-moon – our Ambassador for the Model United Nations at GEMS World Academy Schools worldwide. It is actually a privilege for us, and for the students from across the region who are attending the conference debating on actual world problems from climate change to eliminating poverty. With the beneficiant aid of Ban Ki-moon, our students have already began receiving an unrivalled learning chance to take notes from such an inspirational personality. They can strengthen a better grasp of diplomacy and obtain a clearer worldview on contemporary issues, assisting them turn out to be absolutely international citizens.”
Since leaving the United Nations, the South Korean diplomat set up the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens, an independent, non-profit organisation focuses on reducing youth mortality, assisting education, women and youth entrepreneurship – and raises awareness for international citizenship problems by enforcing the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. For the subsequent three years GEMS Education will play a key function in assisting the Centre.
GEMS World Academy Dubai, established in 2008 as a member of the GEMS Education network of schools, has gone from power to strength and now welcomes more than 1,500 students from 85 countries each day.