Didier Reynders organises conference on Belgium and the UN
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is organising a conference on the theme “Belgium at the heart of the United Nations, today and tomorrow” at the Egmont Palace today. This event is organised in cooperation with the MUN Society Belgium (Model United Nations Society Belgium), which is made up of young people who are passionate about the United Nations and global issues. A few days ago, Minister Reynders also took part in the ministerial week at the 68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
During the conference today, Minister Reynders explained his vision of Belgian politics within the United Nations. He also answered questions about international relations. In addition to young people from the MUN Society Belgium, the conference was also attended by officials from the UN agencies in Belgium, members of the French and Dutch United Nations associations (UNPA and VVN) and representatives from various Belgian universities.
This event is the start of a cooperation between Minister Reynders and the MUN Society Belgium. The prestigious Harvard University entrusted the MUN Society Belgium with the organisation of WorldMUN 2014. The 23rd session of this international diplomatic conference will take place in Brussels from 16 to 21 March 2014. It will bring together thousands of students from around the world to discuss international issues.
WorldMUN is a project developed at the end of the Cold War. Its objective was to exchange viewpoints from East and West on the evolution of international relations. The WorldMUN principle has always remained the same: to discuss the challenges of the 21st century and reach a common objective. WorldMUN is organised every year in a different part of the world by the local branch of Model United Nations. The MUN Society Belgium has won first place at this conference no fewer than four times now.
Didier Reynders and the MUN Society Belgium seek out ambitious diplomats between the ages of 14 and 25 to present their ideas on the role that Belgium plays in the United Nations. Articles of no more than 350 words must be submitted via the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/MUN.Society.Belgium/app_432976163386165 before 3 December 2013.
The authors of the best articles will be invited to discuss their proposals with Minister Reynders in March 2014, on the eve of WorldMUN 2014 in Brussels. This is an opportunity for young people to have their voices heard by today’s politicians and build a bridge between the decision-makers of today and tomorrow.