ladies and gentlemen,
dear visitors of the official Model United Nations of Goldberg website,
“You are never too young to lead and never too old to learn“.
Kofi Annan, a Ghanaian diplomat who served as the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations, stated this in his speech at a One Young World conference 2017 in Bogotá. Annan raised issues in his address such as the impact of climate change, building lasting peace and the need to integrate global economies and he called on the young generation to put its remarkable energy, insight and passion in the service of reconciliation and peace.
For children it seems like we were living in a perfect world in which adults are taking care.
It seems like we were living in a world in which technology and digitalisation bring advances and it seems that freedom, democracy, human rights and safety were guaranteed in all countries.
But we are living in a world with huge differences between our nations.
Consequently, we need to recognize our issues such as poverty or war because during this pandemic, poverty and inequality are deepening, a climate collapse is more likely than ever and the conflicts are spinning out of control. Therefore, solidarity and collaboration are needed with greater reason and we have to choose peace. Peace to recover from this pandemic, to ensure equality and human rights and we have to choose peace to protect our environment.
We listen to adults all the time, but now it is time they listened to us. It is time to start creating and shaping our future by ourselves and to raise our legitimated voices now. Because as the young people of today’s world, we are the future of tomorrow’s world and even though we might be powerless as individuals - together, we can be heard.
With the responsibility for our planet, we decide whether we want continue living in a world full of dangers or whether we want to transform our world into a better place.
This also means that we first of all have to start with ourselves. Showing willingness to change our reckless behavior and our way of thinking in order to understand that our happiness depends on peace among us.
So, let us start with MUNOG by raising our voices and dealing with our issues and let us remind the adults: We don’t want to be talked about. We want to do the talking.
We all know that we can not change the whole world from one day to the other, but we can use MUNOG as our first step in the right direction. We have to remind ourselves that big changes can start small and only together, we can change the world.
Therefore, I wish all of us an unforgettable MUN conference and I am looking forward to welcoming you to our fourteenth Model United Nations of Goldberg in October.
H.E. Anastasia Ristovski
Secretary General of MUNOG 2022