The Secretary General’s Greeting

Distinguished Delegates,
Ladies & Gentlemen,
Dear Visitor of the Model United Nations of Goldberg website,

“Prevention is not merely a priority, but the priority. If we live up to our responsibilities, we will save lives, reduce suffering and give hope to millions.“

This quote from António Guterres, Secretary General of the United Nations, elected this past January, shall make us aware that we have to strive to avoid problems. Hence it is crucial to learn from the past and, additionally, to actively use our knowledge of the past. Tackling a problem before it becomes complex contributes to avoiding costs and additional effort, rather than letting a dispute develop to a conflict. The full extent of Climate Change on our world has not emerged yet and crises have not become wars yet - let’s do our best to prevent these.

We shall not forget world history but bear in mind that not only the EU subsists better in peace and unity rather than letting populism lead to hostility. If we allow populism to spread and grow, it will lead us to a more serious issue than if we try to remain living in unity.

Active participation in a democracy and political education are ways to cease and diminish populism from growing and spreading. By modeling the United Nations student’s gain political awareness of situations in Europe and on our planet. The participation at Model United Nations of Goldberg 2017 and the interest in international politics counteract populism and consequently have real effects on our world.

MUNOG provides a unique opportunity for students to make use of their self-gained knowledge in fruitful debates. Besides striving for a professional conference we hope that the conference will entail lasting friendships.

Therefore, I wish you a memorable time at the ninth Model United Nations of Goldberg. We are looking forward to welcoming you in Sindelfingen from 20th to 24th October 2017. 

H.E. Kaspar Binz
Secretary General of MUNOG 2017