The 5th anniversary session of International Model United Nations conference ‘GYMUN-2016’ was held on 7-10th of April in Minsk on the basis of UNESCO Associated School “Minsk Gymnasium №12” and Minsk State Palace of Children and Youth, UNESCO club “Gulfstream”. The participants of the conference were high school and university students from all over the Republic of Belarus along with the guests from the Republic of Poland and the Republic of Saha (Russian Federation). Overall amount of participants reached the rate of 300 people.
The participants of the conference were to work in the frames of the general topic of the conference ‘Turning words into actions’.
On the first day of the GYMUN all participants gathered in Minsk State Palace of Children and Youth at the opening ceremony. The Secretary General of the conference, Valentina Khodas, the Head of the Belarusian Association of UNESCO clubs, Dmitriy Subtselny, a representative of UNICEF in Belarus, Jahor Novikau, a representative of BSEU, Galina Bedulina, representatives from JLLS Mobile TeleSystems and GYMUN-director Victoria Bardashevich-Shalygina delivered their opening addresses in front of the delegates of GYMUN 2016.
After that the floor was yielded to the representatives of each delegation who had to give an opening speech in a diplomatic manner.
On the 8th of April major events occurred in the premises of UNESCO Associated School “Minsk Gymnasium №12”. Delegates discussed various global issues such as militarization and geopolitical claims in Arctic Region, the correlation of oil demand and state of world economy, children without childhood, artificial intelligence, challenges of nuclear security and some more in different committees.
On Saturday, the third day of the conference, the participants continued the debates and came up with the resolutions in which the solutions to the problems had been written. In the evening each participant was welcomed to an unforgettable party “Magic Forest” with live music and famous bands.
On the last day everyone gathered again in Minsk State Palace of Children and Youth in order to sum up the results of hot debates and declare the resolutions, represent the work of the Committees and award the best delegates of the conference.
Finally the closing ceremony was held which became a beautiful conclusion and a final of all the work done. ‘These 4 days were the most unforgettable in my whole life,' – shared one of the participants Vladislav Dementei. ‘I managed to meet new people and make new friends, including the ones from abroad and practice my formal English. I heartily believe that in the end everyone from the ‘GYMUN-2016’ realized that the world is in our hands, it depends on us and every person is capable of turning it to a better place’.
Gymnasium Model United Nations is a great opportunity for everyone to act as a young and clear-minded diplomat. Not a single participant of the conference had been left aside – everyone did their best and expressed a wish to participate in this forum next year.
The GYMUN organization team gratefully acknowledges and wishes to thank the following for assistance and support: UN Resident Coordinator’s Office in Belarus, RPO “Belarusian Association of UNESCO clubs”, JLLS Mobile TeleSystems, Minsk State Palace of Children and Youth, UNESCO Associated school “Minsk Gymnasium 12” and the parents who actively participated in this event.
UNESCO club “Gulfstream”
UNESCO Associated school “Minsk Gymnasium 12”