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Our intention is to make the conference “in presence” with the possibility of converting to “hybrid” (live and virtual participation) in case the conditions are not favorable for this kind of event.
My name is Matteo Marinucci, I am eighteen years old and I am honored to serve as the Secretary-General for the twenty-first annual session of the Genoa Model United Nations.
This marks my final year of involvement in MUN. My journey began in 2020 as the delegate of Senegal in the Disarmament and International Security Committee at GeMUN. The following year, despite the conference being held online, I served as an officer in UNESCO, and in 2022, I had the privilege of presiding over the Security Council. Last year, I was appointed Under Secretary General, contributing to the organization of the conference alongside a highly capable Secretary General and the rest of the Secretariat. Additionally, I participated in the IMUN conference as the delegate of Papua New Guinea in the General Assembly.
I firmly believe that Model United Nations conferences provide an exceptional opportunity to comprehend the workings of diplomacy, offering us a different perspective on the world around us. They also serve as an eye-opening platform for the exchange of ideas and collaborative work with other young individuals who possess diverse viewpoints. We are deeply grateful for the opportunity to organize this year’s GeMUN session.
The focus of GeMUN 2024 will be on the exchange of ideas among young people, titled “Generation Next.” With this theme, our aim is to address the issues that affect us as young individuals and reimagine our responses to them, seeking innovative solutions. In a time when the world is getting older, I believe it is crucial for the youth to become aware of how the world currently operates and take initiative to change aspects that no longer contribute to our well-being and persistence. Therefore, I, along with the Secretariat and MUN directors, encourage GeMUN participants to contemplate what the youth can do to ensure a brighter future for themselves and the succeeding generations, adopting a more forward-thinking approach toward the future of humanity and the planet.
It is crucial to thoroughly analyse and comprehend the relationship between our world and its governing bodies concerning young people. This understanding will enable us to improve areas that are lacking and develop solutions to enhance our lives and possibilities. With this objective in mind, I am eager to witness all of us coming together, pooling our ideas and determination to ensure a brighter future. I hope this event serves as an opportunity to showcase what the next generation can contribute to the world in a cooperative, exciting, and dynamic manner.
I am looking forward to seeing and meeting all of you in February, anticipating that all committees and councils will have a wonderful and productive time engaging in fruitful debates!
The first ingredient of political stability is an informed citizen. The first ingredient of economic progress is a skilled worker. And the first ingredient of social justice is an enlightened society. Education is thus the key to global peace and prosperity. (Kofi Annan)
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