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Project Goal: Model United Nations Conferences (MUNs) are a common tradition occurring globally that have made an impact on the youth wishing to participate in discussing global matters. We believe that such events are hosts to many promising youngsters. It is our purpose to foster a community that respects human rights, peace and security, and sustainable development in Albania. We aim to turn MUNs into a tradition and put Albania on the map of International MUNs.
Project Description: Model United Nations (MUN) conferences have marked their place as a preferred extracurricular activity by students worldwide. In the absence of such a project in Albania, UNAA introduced this experience to our country in 2017, organizing the first MiniModel UN, a smaller scale simulation attended by thirty participants. Since then, UNAA and UNYAA have organized five Model United Nations conferences. They have outgrown the first conference with the largest editions taking place in December 2019 and September 2021. MUN Albania 2021 welcomed approximately 70 participants from Albania, Hungary, Italy, Azerbaijan, Germany, Croatia, and Ukraine, and it was one of the few on-site, international conferences in the world, amidst the pandemic-related restrictions.
Although the interest, enthusiasm, and feedback have been extremely positive, at the above-mentioned conferences, at first, our team observed a lack of specific skills of the Albanian participants when compared to their international peers where these conferences occur more often. They showed a level of reluctance to take the floor and entertain speeches coupled with a fear of public speaking. Many were new to the concepts of lobbying and advocating for an idea/policy and unfamiliar with a country’s policies and setting strategic goals. For this reason, we upgraded to the Model United Nations Albania Initiative (“MUN Initiative”). MUN Initiative is now a quartet of events including simulations, conferences, and workshops in which young people can learn more about diplomacy, international relations, and the United Nations. The initiative promotes a culture of dialogue, multilateralism, and international cooperation, in dealing with fundamental issues and recent global developments. The activities that make up this framework are designed using a scale-up, complementary approach.