Annual Tunbridge Wells Model UN debate showcases young talent
UNA-UK Executive Director, Phil Mulligan, gave a closing address to the 25th annual Model UN debating event held at Tunbridge Wells Town Hall on 30 November 2012. Over 150 students from local schools participated in committees that examined environmental sustainability, human rights and the Middle East.
UNA-UK branch members have played a key role in supporting this event for many years, but this year, the event was delivered entirely by the students. Speaking at the event Mulligan said, “It is incredibly impressive how pupil-led this Model UN event is, with young students chairing the committees, providing secretariat support and acting as reporters and editors to produce ‘newspaper’ coverage. The world faces huge challenges and we need young people to engage seriously with the issues of concern and multilateral processes that will be required to find solutions.”
Phil Mulligan went on to urge the young people taking part to become UNA-UK supporters and join UNA-UK’s new membership scheme for young people - Generation United Nations. “Today’s young people are tomorrow’s world leaders,” Mulligan reminded the delegates. “UNA-UK can spark a lifetime of interest in the UN and Generation United Nations offers you a chance of starting your journey with other people who care about these issues”.