Leaders of Tomorrow
It was time when delegates were going to apply everything they learned from the four previous training sessions on this day. The Mock Simulation was held in LAU Byblos on Saturday, January 26, 2019. More than 2500 Middle & High School delegates were present on campus. The Mock is held after the last full Training Session and before the start of the Final Conferences. It gives the chance to all delegates to practice their public speaking, negotiation, debate, research and role-playing skills. The committee simulated during the Mock was the General Assembly 3rd Social, Cultural and Humanitarian Committee. The topic that was being discussed was “Reestablishing guidelines for the action on Climate Change.”
The delegates were inspired by a young Swedish climate activist named Greta Thunberg as they watched her speech which she gave at the UN Climate Change COP24 Conference in Poland. During her speech she stated the following: “My name is Greta Thunberg. I am 15 years old. I am from Sweden. I speak on behalf of Climate Justice Now. I’ve learned you are never too small to make a difference…”
In addition, the theme of the session was “Tolerance day”, Tolerance is needed in all spheres of life, and on every level and on every stage, because it plays a vital role to establish peace from the smallest unit up to the highest unit of society. As stated by UNESCO Director-General, Audrey Azoulay “Tolerance is an act of humanity, which we must nurture and enact each in own lives every day, to rejoice in the diversity that makes us strong and the values that bring us together.”
Training Session 5 is divided between a Training Session and Mock Simulation. During the first half of the session, trainers gave a meticulous explanation on conflict resolution strategies and negotiation techniques. During the second half of the day, delegates continued their journey with the Mock Simulation where they practiced the Rules of Procedure of the Final Conference and witnessed how the conference will flow.
The classrooms were filled with young enthusiastic, energetic and passionate delegates who were involved in effective debates trying to tackle the topic. All of the students were truly excited to participate and to be engaged in diplomatic discussions with other delegates. They became ambassadors of the countries that they were each representing and had done in depth research on their country and the topic. This gives the golden opportunity to delegates to be well acquainted with the culture, heritage, politics, economy and geography of another country such as Brazil, Angola, France, Germany and many more…
It has truly been a transformative and empowering journey for all delegates as they discover their true potential and become the leaders of tomorrow.