NEW YORK, MARCH 17 – “It’s not enough to dream your dreams, you have to work to make them real”. From the podium of the United Nations General Assembly Hall Paralympic gold medal Beatrice Vio addressed an audience of over 2,200 teen-agers coming from 105 countries the world for the 2017 edition of Change The World Model UN (CWMUN).
Vio, who defeated meningitis and went on to win the Paralympic Games of Rio de Janeiro, was one of the celebrities addressing the inaugural ceremony in New York on the first of three days of simulations of the inner works of the United Nations. The others were legendary Italian football player Marco Tardelli, diving champion Tania Cagnotto, and Oscar Farinetti, the founder of Eataly.
CWMUN 2017 is the largest ever organized by Associazione Diplomatici, the Catania-based organization which recently received the status of observer by ECOSOC. As in the past editions, the Italian Permanent Representative Sebastiano Cardi and his Deputy Inigo Lambertini addressed the students explaining that the United Nations do do what States can’t do on their own. The organization “it’s a fundamental part of our well being and it’s ideals are more actual than ever”. Cardi also recalled that “Italy is on on the front line of the migrant crisis, rescuing people in the Mediterranean every day, and working in the UN Security Council on the root causes”, a point stressed by Amina J. Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary General and former Minister of Environment of Nigeria, as well: “Migrants don’t leave Africa because they want to, but because they have no choice, no hope, no future”.
Ranging from middle school to college age students, the group was brought to New York by Claudio Corbino, the President of Diplomatici: “You are the luckiest generation ever, a generation that thrives on connectivity, that does not know distances, neither borders”, he said opening his seventh CWMUN. (@alebal)