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1500 giovani alla 5a edizione di Rome Model UN

ROMA- Nel quadro dei lavori della Quinta edizione del Rome Model UN, aperti il 13 marzo alla Fao, è stato chiesto ad alcuni ragazzi è di impegnarsi sul versante dell’informazione. Questo il loro contributo.



(di Chiara Poggio, Marta Pelluzzaro e Irene Rossi. Foto di Andrea Marletta)


On March 13th, in the Plenary Meeting Room of FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization) the RomeMUN has started. It is a formative and diplomatic simulation that involves the participation of many young diplomats, journalists and translators from all over the world. The first part of the model hosted eminent speakers and guests, introduced and moderated by Minister Stefano Baldi, Director of the Diplomatic Institute of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Mr. Amir Abdullah, Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme, took the floor as first and, referring to young people,  said: “Your motivation and hard work can and will change the world in a positive way”. After Mr. Abdullah, opening remarks and welcome speeches have been done by Mr. Boubaker Ben-Belhassen, Deputy Director at FAO, Dr. Daniela Conte, RomeMUN Executive Director, Ms. Mai Al Kaila, Palestinian Ambassador in Italy, Prof. Leonardo Morlino of Luiss Guido Carli University, Dr. Francesca Del Nero, director of School of Dreamers. Former Ambassador Maurizio Melani and Minister Michele Baiano of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, both keynote speakers,  gave an interesting overview on the Italian foreign policy and what means to be a diplomat at UN.


Protagonists of the second panel, focused on United Nations Agencies in Italy, were: Brian Thompson for FAO, David Florentin Paqui for IFAD and Caroline Hurford for WFP. They highlighted the strong  commitment of their Agencies towards the building of the new agenda for development post 2015. Now the deadline is approaching and UN needs to rethink the Millennium Developments Goals in a more sustainable way.


On Friday 14th, RomeMUN has been hosted by LUISS Guido Carli University. There were many workshops which welcomed guests such as  Prof. Lombardo, Emanuela Del Re, Quintin Oliver, Alessandro Politi and Eric Salerno, from “The Messaggero”. Then, important took place on agenda topics such as: food security, cyber-terrorism, access to internet, territorial disputes and ethical dilemmas in the application of military force, reform of the Security Council, intellectual property right, expanding the euro-zona, indigenous people rights and discrimination.


Enter to the MUN adventure means understanding how people feel about it. Teresa La Marca an Italian girl representing Saudi Arabia, is expecting to learn from this experience, for example meeting foreigners and improving her English. Moreover, Lyna Uouzzani, a French girl representing Vietnam, hopes to learn more about the rules and procedures of the UN. She is participating to the RomeMUN also because she would like to pursue an international career.



(Testo di Giorgia Miccoli, Federico Aimar, Antonio Levato e Cristina Bettati. Foto di Andrea Marletta)


“If you can dream it, you can do it”. This is one of the several encouraging and hopeful sentences addressed to 1500 young people participating at the 5th edition of Rome Model United Nations – RomeMun. All eminent guests of the RomeMUN Opening Ceremony have stressed the importance of some aspects students should take into account: education, learning, training, will. Minister Stefano Baldi, the RomeMUN Executive Director Daniela Conte, Professor Leonardo Morlino of LUISS G.C.. University, Ambassadors, all of them tried and managed to encourage, reassure and above all inspire all students who are dreaming  about an international career. Seeing so many students, coming from different parts of the world, makes understand how the relationship between young people and international topics is becoming deeper and deeper, with the aim to boost the dialogue and the mutual understanding between different cultures.

“An international education is fundamental”, it is a way to develop a better thinking, a way to learn with other students, an opportunity for the career and the future. Young people’s involvement is the key to try to realize the dream of a better world, they should use their energy and will to transform the challenges into opportunities.

During the following days some of the most important global issues will be discussed such as the problem of the hunger in the world, the human rights and the traditional values.



(Testo di Giorgia Miccoli, Federico Aimar, Antonio Levato e Cristina Bettati. Foto di Andrea Marletta)

About 300 of Delegates gathered this morning in the main building of LUISS University to start the preparation with a workshop in order to debate in the afternoon. The workshop had the honour to host two important guests: the former Ambassador at the UN, presently working as President of Ferrero S.P.A., Francesco Paolo Fulci and Professor Raffaele Marchetti, who teaches International Relations at LUISS University.

Ambassador Fulci talked about the importance of the democratization of the Security Council, stressing the fact that the power of the “Big Five” (France, China, United Kingdom, Russia and the United States) is nowadays outdated. ‹‹I used to refer to the Big Five not as the “permanent members”, but as “the only non-elected ones”››. By saying so he wanted to imply that these five members don’t have the right of using the veto power anymore since time has changed and the world too. New global forces have emerged and claim their right to participate to the decision process.

Professor Marchetti, on the other hand, reported on the relevance of the democratization of the General Assembly. There are people arguing that a global General Assembly is not necessary because the current system is already enough. Prof.Marchetti argues that in fact it is not, since the GA is facing all these problems. He added that the UN Charter was cleverly made so as to say a final word on the organization. In fact the 108 article reads that every change has to be voted by the Big Five. As a consequence, the change of the General Assembly depends once again on the veto power of these member states.

In conclusion, he claims that proposals have to be put forward by several groups of states, as the European Union already did, and the involvement of the public opinion is also necessary.

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Alessandra Baldini e’ stata la prima donna giornalista parlamentare per l’Ansa, poi corrispondente a Washington e responsabile degli uffici Ansa di New York e Londra. Dirige OnuItalia.

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