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My name is Alberto Giovanni Repetti, I am eighteen years old and I am currently attending my fifth and last year at Liceo Linguistico Internazionale “Grazia Deledda” in Genoa, where my studies are focused on languages such as English, Russian and Spanish.
The beginning of my MUN career dates back to 2017 when I represented Brazil at GeMUN in the FAO Committee. During the same year I took part in the Saint Petersburg MUN where I represented Singapore, while in November I served in the Barcelona MUN as a delegate of Cuba. In addition, this year during February I represented the delegation of UNHCR at THIMUN. Throughout the years I have realized the importance of MUN as a key part of my ethical and cultural journey. Therefore, I decided to take on the responsibility of the Chairman, first as a Deputy Chair in the SPECPOL committee at GeMUN 2018 and second as a Main Chair in ECOSOC at GeMUN 2019. In November I will also be chairing in the Special committee of ROSMUN in Jerusalem.
Needless to say, I am deeply honoured to serve as Secretary General of the XVII edition of GeMUN in our beautiful city from the 20th to the 22nd February 2020.
Genoa Model of United Nations is the opportunity for every student to really understand the world that surrounds us, analyse and try to solve the issues of our society. Moreover, this conference really enhances the importance and the power of international cooperation and diplomacy as the key to peacekeeping.
As a member of “the future generation” I am extremely worried about the alarming situation that we are facing. More and more, the problems the world population is suffering have made people more selfish. Citizens from different countries are blaming others for their own problems. Similarly, cooperation among countries is being substituted by walls, both physical and psychological, such as nationalism and prejudices. As a result, countries are rejecting people in need, as inalienable rights are no longer respected or considered a priority, even in the countries that used to be leaders in acceptance and inclusion. We have to take action immediately in order to create a better world not only for our offspring, but for every single person living on this planet!
For this reason, I am really happy to announce GeMUN 2020’s theme: “Beyond Borders: towards 2030”.
There is often a general misconception of the meaning of border. Not only does this word refer to borders such as a natural or artificial line that separates two countries, but also to ways of thinking that impede people’s freedom and unalienable rights. By saying borders, we are also referring to all the types of boundaries that do not allow our society to develop.
2030 is an extremely important deadline for our global world. The 17 sustainable goals are something unachievable by a country on its own. Therefore, cooperation is the only way we can solve the worldwide problems that are making people struggle every day. Every country, big or small, may need help today or in the future to fully and sustainably develop until every citizen could have access to food, water, education, healthcare. Every single basic right must be guaranteed.
Furthermore, I am convinced that GeMUN is the result of a cooperative work based on multicultural and inclusive dialogue in which everybody does have the chance to do or say something! Nobody is more important than anyone! Therefore, as a Secretary General I am creating a healthy and collaborative environment where ideas and opinions of all members of the GeMUN family are respected and fully taken into consideration. I will put every effort to make every single delegate feel at ease during the conference.
“We all do better when we work together. Our differences do matter, but our common humanity matters more. “
(William J. Clinton)
Due to the fact that I am really keen on the conference’s theme I am genuinely looking forward to seeing you in GeMUN 2020!
Alberto Giovanni Repetti