Dear participants of BERMUN2 2016,
The responsibility of an individual is vastly different from what it was in the past, because we operate on a much larger playing field; we are global citizens, held to account for the global environment we create. As youths, we face an even greater challenge. Inevitably, we will inherit the world we inhabit – with all of its cultural conflicts, ecological catastrophes, and political uncertainties. We aren’t only responsible for the environments we create, but for solving problems we’re born into. We must play the hand that has been dealt to us.
Consequently, prioritizing young people is the most direct investment for a sustainable future. Whilst the United Nations has taken actions to protect the rights of children around the world, because of the political climate that now surrounds us, these rights are not always the priority. But they must be. Whilst many of the issues that the UN chooses to address are rather temporary in the bigger picture, an investment in the future — in children — lasts forever. Thus, children must be at the focal point of the UN’s efforts.
The 11th annual BERMUN2 Conference aims to establish a socioeconomic and political platform for children and youths, to give them the tools for change. The topics we have crafted reflect the urgency of the challenge at hand. These topics are assigned to the appropriate UN agencies, allowing delegates to engage the issues in the most realistic of forums. To begin, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) will confront critical problems that endanger children, as they attack disease and illegal organ trafficking. Meanwhile, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) will focus on establishing a strong social and economic foundation for youths, with particular emphasis on empowering young women. In doing so, we hope to inspire holistic and meaningful debate
amongst the BERMUN2 delegates.
Delegates, consider the many freedoms you enjoy as young adults. These are freedoms that not all children are granted. Let us put these children – whose rights have been compromised – on the top of the agenda. It is imperative that we approach the issue with thoughtfulness, empathy, and ingenuity. For the founding ideals of the United Nations are entrusted to us: the future policy makers and leaders of the international community, but also the citizens that must eventually live in this community. We must rise to the occasion with vigor.
The BERMUN2 Secretariat