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Inaugural MaltMUN 2015 Conference: Society Divided Over Immigration

As the demonstration against forced integration raged on in Valletta, the Malta Model United Nations Society (MaltMUN Society) was living its dream of hosting its first Model United Nations Conference in Malta which was titled ‘Lives Adrift: Fighting the Exploitation of Irregular Immigrants’.

The Conference was officially opened on the 18th September 2015 at the President’s Palace at San Anton Gardens. Ms Cristina Cefai, President of the MaltMUN Society and Mr Saman Bugeja, President of the partnering Junior Chamber of Advocates organisation, explained the choice of the theme. They recognized immigration to be a topical issue which requires more attention and sensitivity in light of excessive popular sensationalism, as was indeed witnessed during the demonstrations throughout the weekend outside the new House of Parliament building. A number of distinguished dignitaries including HE President of the Republic of Malta, Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, HE Ambassador Gina Abercombie-Wistanley and Dr. Katrine Camilleri, Director of JRS Malta were present and delivered key-note speeches. The relevance of immigration in today’s world, especially in light of current events, was particularly highlighted by all speakers. They emphasized the need for direct contact with refugees and migrants, and stressed that many migrants are not only willing to take what they are owed from society, but also to acknowledge and live up to their own responsibility towards society at large.

HE President of the Republic of Malta, Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca congratulated MaltMUN Society for taking the initiative in bringing Model United Nations to Malta for the first time.

Delegates then proceeded to the Parliament of Malta wherein they conducted debates simulating the Legal and UNHCR committees on issues such as disrupting the smuggling of persons at sea and the Syrian refugee crisis in the Mediterranean. The theme Lives Adrift: Fighting the Exploitation of Irregular Immigrants was very well recieved by the delegates who found it “challenging and a good catalyst for a thought provoking and stimulating discussion” as described by Mr. Roberto Cassar, a sixth year law student who represented Germany in the Legal Committee.

MaltMUN 2015 came to a close on the 20th September 2015 at the Malta Chamber of Commerce. The Speaker of the House, Hon Angelo Farrugia MP and Ms. Christine Cassar, Director of People for Change Foundation and Malta Youth Delegate to the UN (2006), lauded the Conference and the Society for sparking discussion amongst young people on the refugee crisis. With regard to the anti-immigration protests taking place outside Parliament during the Conference, Mr Warren Ciantar, the Vice President of the MaltMUN Society had this to say: “the urgency for young people to discuss this issue is heightened due to events such as this. Ironically, an occurrence like this, where two diametrically opposed events are happening side by side, serves as fantastic example of a healthy democracy, where freedom of expression is not limited. People with opposing views must not be silenced, but listened to and spoken to in a calm, civil manner so that a healthy discussion may yield proper solutions.”

Finally, awards were presented to Thea Busuttil (UNHCR) and George Camilleri (Legal) for Best Position Paper; Gašper Črepinšek (UNHCR) and Lisa Camilleri (Legal) who were awarded Honourable Mention; and Emma Grech (UNHCR) and Kirk Brincau (Legal) who were awarded Distinguished Delegate. The most prestitigious awards of Best Delegate went to Neil Bugeja (UNHCR) and Roberto Cassar (Legal).

MaltMUN 2015 is officially supported by the Embassy of the United States of America, the Valletta 2018 Foundation, and the Office of the President of Malta. For more information about the society and future events, follow the organisation on Facebook (fb.com/MaltMUN) or send an email on maltmunsociety@gmail.com

MaltMUN 2015 Conference featured on the Times of Malta

MaltMUN 2015 Conference featured on the Times of Malta

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Maltese Delegation takes home five awards at the London International Model United Nations

The MaltMUN Society is an independent, internationally-minded organization committed to securing close ties among the most diverse of its members, investing in their personal development and nurturing leadership skills, whilst embracing the spirit of the United Nations throughout.

To mark the second anniversary of its creation, the MaltMUN Society sent a delegation of fourteen students hailing from highly diverse courses to participate in the 16th edition of the London International Model United Nations held at Imperial College. Model United Nations is an academic simulation of the United Nations that aims to educate participants about current events, topics in international relations, diplomacy and the United Nations agenda.

Members of the Maltese delegation represented countries as diverse as France, New Zealand, Somalia, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and Sri Lanka. This year a number of delegates were also selected to participate in some of the most highly competitive and prestigious simulations of LIMUN: with Saman Bugeja and Claire Caruana assuming the roles of Counsel and Judge respecitvely in the International Court of Justice, Charlene Gauci representing New Zealand in the Security Council and Hillary Briffa participating in the Crisis Committee.

During the Closing Ceremony awards are given to delegates that epitomise the spirit of LIMUN. Award winners succeed in communicating their objectives, cooperating with other delegates, seeking a consensus, and representing the policy of their country accurately, yet not in detriment of the committee. In this year’s edition of LIMUN, the Maltese delegates succeeded in winning five awards, these being the award for Best Position Paper won by Claire Caruana participating in the ICJ, two Honourable Mentions going to Bernice Saliba participating in UNESCO and Sephora Gauci in UNICEF, and the coveted, prestigious award of Distinguished Delegate won by MaltMUN’s very own Secretary General, Clara Chetcuti in UNRWA and International Officer, Hillary Briffa in the Crisis Committee – a new record for the Malta Model United Nations Society.

The MaltMUN Society is highly satisfied with the results achieved at this year’s edition of LIMUN – which demonstrate the Society’s dedication to maintain a high level of debate, leadership skills, and postive portrayal of the Maltese people internationally.

For more information about the society and future events, follow us on Facebook (fb.com/MaltMUN) or send us an email on info@maltmun.org.mt

 

MaltMUN's delegation to LIMUN featured on the Malta Independent

MaltMUN’s delegation to LIMUN featured on the Malta Independent

 

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Press Release: Maltese Delegation to the Cambridge University International Model United Nations

The Malta Model United Nations Society sent a delegation of six students to participate in the twentieth edition of the prestigious Cambridge University International Model United Nations for the first time. Model United Nations is an academic simulation of the United Nations that aims to educate participants about current events, topics in international relations, diplomacy and the United Nations agenda. The MaltMUN Society is an independent, internationally-minded organization committed to securing close ties among the most diverse of its members, investing in their personal development and nurturing leadership skills, whilst embracing the spirit of the United Nations throughout.

The Maltese delegation represented Brazil with Cristina Cefai, Head Delegate, in the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Naomi Bugre in the Disarmament and International Security Programme (DISEC), Francesca Hili in the Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Affairs Committee (SOCHUM), Ruth Bonnici in United Nations High Commissioner for Agencies (UNHCR), Luisa Cassar Pullicino in the Special Political and Decolonization Committee (SPECPOL) and Robert Napier in the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). During the Closing Ceremony awards were given to delegates that epitomised the spirit of CUIMUN. Award winners succeed in communicating their objectives, cooperating with other delegates, seeking a consensus, and representing the policy of their country accurately, yet not in detriment of the committee. This year, Robert Napier and Luisa Cassar Pullicino won Commended Delegate Award. Two other delegates won the most coveted Award of Distinguished Delegate, these being Cristina Cefai and Naomi Bugre. The Malta Model United Nations Society also won the Commended Delegation award, a first for the Society.

The MaltMUN Society is highly satisfied with the results achieved at this year’s edition of CUIMUN which demonstrate the Society’s dedication to maintain a high level of debate, leadership skills, and postive portrayal of the Maltese people internationally.

For more information about the society and future events, follow us on Facebook (fb.com/MaltMUN) or send us an email on maltmunsociety@gmail.com

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Malta Model United Nations Society’s “Debating Academy” at the U.S. Embassy

On Monday, November 25, the Malta Model United Nations Society (MaltMUN) organized a “Debating Academy” for 40 young people at the U.S. Embassy.  U.S. Ambassador Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley welcomed guests.  She thanked MaltMUN executives and Dr. Allan Louden, the guest speaker, for their valuable contributions to the event. Continue Reading

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Press Release: Maltese Delegation to the London International Model United Nations

The MaltMUN Society is an independent, internationally-minded organization committed to securing close ties among the most diverse of its members, investing in their personal development and nurturing leadership skills, whilst embracing the spirit of the United Nations throughout.

To mark the first anniversary of its creation, the MaltMUN Society sent a delegation of eleven students hailing from highly diverse courses to participate in the 15th edition of the London International Model United Nations held at Imperial College. Model United Nations is an academic simulation of the United Nations that aims to educate participants about current events, topics in international relations, diplomacy and the United Nations agenda.

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