Diego Miranda de Jaén, Delegation of Republic of Angola (UNICEF)
From the 5th of February to the 8th the University of Móstoles (URJC) hosted the largest United Nations representation in Spain. Representations such as these, give empowerment and a voice to those who take on the task of representing any country at any committee. Models such as these let those who are the future have a taste of what the real word is, essentially giving an opportunity to grow, experience, fail and learn in a protected but challenging environment.
This VII edition has been specially marked by a larger assistance of international delegates, establishing URJCmun as an important player in European MUN simulations. International delegates have brought fresh air to an already stimulant environment that aims to bring real, meaningful analysis and solutions to the world.
Being the first time that I have participate in a MUN and comparing it to real UN committees that I've assisted in the past, I can sincerely say that change is coming for the better, and that hard work, vocation and passion are making their way up.
The honorable Marcos Gómez Martínez, Secretary General of United Nations and Human rights representing the ministry of foreign affairs and cooperation, opened URJCmun.
Mr. Gómez remarked that there isn’t any country on the world able to tackle alone what he called the “three pillars of multilateral action", that is, defense of human rights, sustainable development and the security of humanity. Problems that Spain is working on and strive to help resolve. Highlighting the importance of international alliances in a time where these have become more arduous, accentuating the role of Spain in 19 different international mission, 4 of which regard the United Nations. This active implication on the prevalence of peace has led to Spanish troops putting themselves on harms ways, especially in Lebanon were Spanish troops have died on service.
During his speech Mr. Gómez called upon the passion and hard work that 4 days of committees entail, emphasizing on the importance of celebrating roll-models such as URJCmun. Mr. Gómez left such an impression that many delegates went back home dreaming of having such a meaningful career.
In addition, Alberto Martínez Cano, vice-president of UNICEF Madrid and responsible for sport development attended the UNICEF committee at URJCmun. In his speech Mr. Martínez asserted UNICEF action across 190 countries, which follows the clear mandate of the United Nations to advocate for the protection of Children's Rights, their basic needs as well as to expand their opportunities so they can reach their full potential.
Mr. Martínez praised the work the mock UNICEF committee has done during these 4 intense days trying to assess problems about the protection of children seeking asylum and the recognition of their vulnerability, as well as working towards the social inclusion of children with disabilities. “Children are children and no matter what, they need our help” Mr. Martínez said.
Mr. Martínez also talked about the action of UNICEF Spain. On a national level, UNICEF has been working with local governments to implement public policies, having already established regional frameworks in almost all the autonomic communities, now aims to implement them in a broader unified national policy. Also in regards to the importance of sports and how it helps kids cope through any struggle (getting their mind of any type of situation which they face on a day to day basis). As well as in the social education of kids (with programs such as “Gotas para Niger” fundraiser, which objective is to raise awareness of children's right to education and access to water and sanitation by promoting sport in schools).
Mr. Martínez Cano ended reassuring and reminding the deep commitment UNICEF has to do all it can to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals in partnership with Governments, Private Sector, Civil Society, NGOs and many others.
In summary URJCmun United Nations model has played an essential role on the development of all the delegates. Qualities such as public speaking, argumentation and debate are now refined strongest amongst them. In my personal experience, it was an incredible experience that helped me grow, learn and understand all the necessary steps that enable our voice to be heard.
See you next year! (Carmen López)
There are more child refugees in Europe than at any point since the end of the second world war. As children flee from war and disaster, borders across Europe are closing and making their journeys even more dangerous and difficult. These are some of the objects I have learned from this incredible experience. I wish it didn’t end but we have to admit URJCmun 2019 has finished.
If something has made clear it is that when war breaks out or disaster strikes, children lose their schools, their homes and their families. Their access to water, food and shelter is seriously affected and they are left more vulnerable to abuse and exploitation.These four days the Unicef Committee has worked very hard to provide children and their families with the care, supplies and protection that could save their lives. Helping communities to recover as quickly as possible and prepare them for the future is an objective that every country should know. That means making sure children can continue their education and have access to the services that will give them the chance to not only survive but to thrive.
It has been a pleasure to share ideas with all of you, to see how people is involved with the social welfare and to learn amazing things from the delegates, who will achieve their goal in a very close future.
This edition has finished but we are very sure next edition will be as incredible as this one. Start to prepare yourself for the best University experience and aim high!
We are now in the third day of this incredible experience that is being very intense. The Unicef Committee is discussing the best solutions to provide refugee children the best opportunities. Delegates have worked so hard to present some resolutions, which have been the principal topic they have talked about in today’s session.
Fully aware of the precarious situation of millions of children during refugee crisis, Chile and Senegal. as sponsors, have presented the first resolution. Defending the protection of children seeking asylum and the recognition of their vulnerability; Dominican Republic, Denmark, Germany, Bangladesh and Nepal have supported this as signatories. The first point of their resolution is to define the term of vulnerability as: the fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, gender, nationality, political opinion, environmental hazard, or membership in a political group, in general terms. Some of the points have been to encourages states to establish language-intensive formations for the children in order to guarantee they can join the educational program of the hosting country and to invite member states to recognize sexual abuses perpetrated towards child refugees as a crime against humanity.
The second resolution has been presented by Japan and Tunisia supported by Croatia, Cuba, Nepal, Saudi Arabia, Myanmar, Hungary, Syrian, Democratic Republic of North Korea, Angola, India and Hungary. Recalling Article 23 of the Convention of the Rights of Child delegates have shown the importance to recognize rights of mentally and physically disabled child, particularly child refugees.
To highlight the integral role that technology and healthcare resources have in assisting children with vulnerabilities and to recognize the plight of the conditions in which children seeking asylum come from, specifically refugee children that are victims of climate-related impacts, war, and other abuses to properly assess necessary medical or legal treatment have been the principal points.
After discussing and looking for the best solutions, Japan, Chile and Senegal have presented the final resolution that has been adopted with only one abstention from United kingdom.
At the end of the day, the comittee has been lucky enough to meet Unicef’s vice chairman who has dedicated some words related to the importance of Unicef in the world. This URJCmun edition is finishing and our delegates are ready to make a final effort in order to see how their different objectives are delivered.
Delegates paying attention to the debate (Carmen López).
The second day of URJCmun started with some of our delegates arriving late to the first session. This didn’t go unnoticed by the board and they had to dance ‘La Macarena’ as a punishment. After this, the debate started with a motion presented by Japan that has reported the bad conditions in which refugee children have to live. The importance of not separating children from their families has also been underlinedtoday.
In order to protect the fundamental social and economic rights of vulnerable people, including children and young people, the Committee has emphasized the role of NGOs. The small countries want to empower their action due to their inability to overcome this problem by their own. There is no doubt this would be a major source of support for the countries. In this framework is also very important the role of the different Governments in order to speed up the process and encompass all the topics that affect the objective to offer potential solutions. But this framework can present some problems due to the huge differences between each country and, as Bangladesh stated, it would be better to focus onparticular problems. On the other hand, Senegal has affirmed the importance of not excluding anybody and saving as many lives as they possible.
Refugee crisis is affecting the entire world so it is indispensable to collaborate globally in order to finalize this crisis. Tunisia has spoken about the necessity and the lack of medical and teaching resources. Although this is a global problem there are zones and countries as Syria, with a worse situation. People travel in desperate circumstances, without adequate food, clothing or being detained at borders, possibly separated from their families. And, all too often, travelling alone, without caring adults to shield them from possible abuse. The protection of children in this situation is the most important. Some of the points they have talked about in the fifth session are: what these countries need, what is the biggest problem and what deficiencies are not covered yet.
Financial help, providing underdeveloped countries with the correct technologies for a better education, recognising specific children rights or creating an external institution where all the concerned countries could have access to potential solutions.Next sessions will be decisive so we will have to wait to see the final resolution.
Delegates voting in UNICEF (Carmen López).
Welcome to the first day in the Unicef Committee of the 7th edition of URJCmun. These four days will be days full of emotion where we willl learn about the rights of every child. The main objective of this committee will be to give voice to all the children who have less opportunities.
The topics presented have been: Refugee and Migrant Children and Inclusion of Children with dissabilites. After the voting procedure, and thanks to Chile’s motion, the Topic A was chosen to open this first day. Moreover, today’s sessions have been full of very interesting ideas and subthemes, such as Mental Health and Family Repartitionare. The global position of the committee on this second subtopic has been to reinforce the need of all children of having the opportunity to live with their nuclear family.
Refugee and migrant children have to deal with very difficult situations. They escape from conflict, persecution and poverty. Furthermore, refugees are one of the most excluded groups in our society. They have to face daily with discrimination and, of course, with the lack of adequate policies to their situation.
All delegates have this point very clear. Bangladesh underlines the importance of taking very seriously the protection of all children. Their priority is the wellbeing of every children in the world. As well as Dominican Republic, that thinks cooperation is the clue to overcome this problem.
Chile and Senegal have also been very active: Chile has emphasised the huge amount of refugee children and the importance to find a solution. Idea supported by Senegal, Tunisia and others. On the otherhand, India has shown its approval with refugee children, except for those who come from Myanmar. Croatia ensures its incapacity to handle the situation because of the lack of humanitarian assistance.
The debate has just started, but this first day promises an incredible experience and we could say it has been the birth of very interesting insights.