Model UN Organized by UNA Cyprus with UCLAN University

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Thursday, April 7, 2016
7 April, 2016 -- UCLan’s first ever Model United Nations in collaboration with the United Nations Association of Cyprus was held with special guest Dr. Christos A. Theodoulou, President of UNA Cyprus.

UCLan Cyprus may at first appear like a young university with under 5 years of running under its belt. However, it can easily be said that the Law School is advancing, providing the students and everyone involved with wonderful opportunities for growth and progress. UCLan welcomed very special guests, Mr. Nicos Rolandis, the former Foreign Minister of Cyprus, Dr. Christos A. Theodoulou, the President of the United Nations Association of Cyprus and Vice-President of the World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA) and Mr. Christophoros Yiangou, formerly a Cypriot ambassador representing Cyprus abroad.

Addressing the draft resolution on Protection of migrants, Dr. Christos A. Theodoulou, quoting the Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, stated,

“International Law has stipulated the right of refugees to protection and asylum. States must judicially examine the applications for asylum. It is not only a matter of international law, it is also our duty as human beings. …In addition to upholding responsibilities, the international community must also show greater determination in resolving conflicts and other problems that leave people little choice but to flee.”

The Students were each representing various UN countries, their speeches addressing the draft resolution. Preparation for MUN entailed research of foreign countries for the student representatives, including the history and political views in regard to the subject of the draft resolution. The focus was on the seriousness of the migration problem in their countries’ views, what measures have been and should be taken both locally and globally, in order to address this issue.

Following the speeches, the student representatives were given a chance to propose amendments and then vote for the amendments and the amended resolution. The conference was concluded with a pleasant reception where the students had the opportunity to discuss the MUN among themselves, as well as speak with the guests, exchange views and knowledge.

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