A number of Westminster students took part in Change the World Model United Nations Conference taking place in New York from 17 until 20 March.

Change the World Model United Nations (CWMUN) is an annual international meeting attended by more than 1500 students from all over the world, in which they debate the major issues of the international political agenda. This experience allows students developing leadership, research, writing, public speaking skills as well as problem solving expertise.

The 2017 event, organised by the Italian NGO and UN partner Diplomatici Associazione, hosted 2000 students from all over the world in New York and focused on the topic “Africa in motion: migration, economic growth and conflicts.” The conference also included speeches from keynote speakers such as the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Angelino Alfano and the Special Adviser for Africa Mr Maged Abdelaziz.

One of the students Vicente Bru Garcia, who took part in the trip, shared his impressions on this experience: “This was a great opportunity to go and experience life in New York, visit the UN and learn through a real-life simulation how the UN works. It taught me how to engage in discussions and how to present and defend the positions of the country I was representing with other students. The conference was attended by more than 2000 high school and university students from all over the world, so it was a great opportunity to meet new people and make new friends.”                        

Manesh Madhu, Outward Mobility Officer at the University of Westminster and one of the main organisers of the trip, said about the event: “Organisations such as the CWMUN offer an excellent opportunity for our students to gain an insight into what it is like to be an ambassador through political debates and seminars on some very important global issues. Although only a short programme, it has allowed the students to also network and connect with likeminded peers from around the world, which will only benefit them in the future.”

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