Jun 1, 2020 - FEFU News
Model United Nations of the Russian Far East brought students from 10 countries online

More than 150 young diplomats from 10 countries have adopted a declaration with proposals for the international community on the Fifth Far Eastern Model United Nations (FEMUN) at Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU). Participants of the BRICS Educational Internship Program joined the conference.

The delegates modeled the work of the Second and Third Committee of the General Assembly, the Security Council, the Economic and Social Council. The main objective of the debate was to reach consensus in the discussion on the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases, international trade, the rights of peoples to self-determination, and the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons.

Among the proposals included in the declaration are the joint efforts of the UN countries in the fight against growing mortality from noncommunicable diseases, the call to develop global indicators that ensure the independent sustainable development of indigenous peoples, which will guarantee their rights to land and territories, and take into account special needs in the field of health and education.

“In connection with the unstable epidemiological situation, it was decided to hold the conference in an online format. A completely new and extremely positive experience for us. This made it possible to erase borders, attract different speakers, and also unite all the guys to discuss global issues of our time. Students from 10 countries of the world have joined the conference”, said Daria Zlydar, Secretary-General of the Conference.

Students from BRICS countries, as well as Zambia, Ghana, Ethiopia, Gambia, Afghanistan, Germany, Colombia, Kazakhstan, Vietnam, and Indonesia, actively participated in the discussions for three days. The experts were Mia Mikich, Director of the Trade, Investment and Innovation Division of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, Melita Vujnovich, Special Representative of the World Health Organization in Russia, Natalia Zhurina, Coordinator for Eastern Europe of the Youth Branch of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization.

Having demonstrated leadership qualities, FEFU second and third-year students were recognized as the best delegates of the conference: Tatyana Akuneeva (Institute of Oriental Studies - School of Regional and International Studies), Kirill Shabalin (Institute of Oriental Studies - School of Regional and International Studies), Sandra Mills (School of Natural Sciences) and Maria Pankova (Institute of Oriental Studies - School of Regional and International Studies).

Model United Nations of the Russian Far East is one of the largest youth organizations in the region, the Vladivostok branch of which is based at FEFU. Participating in conferences, students develop leadership skills, the art of negotiation, and public speaking, learn the features of diplomatic etiquette and intercultural communication. The best participants annually represent Russia at international conferences in the USA, the Republic of Korea, and other countries.