ladies and gentlemen,
dear visitors of the official Model United Nations of Goldberg website,
“The UN was not created to make mankind to heaven, but to save humanity from hell.”
Those true words were spoken by Dag Hammarskjöld in May 1954, the second UN Secretary General. This well-known quote is placed on the wall of the visitors´ area at the United Nations headquarters in New York City to show the devotedness with which the UN serves humanity everyday in order to regain the trust that was lost, to heal our planet, to leave no one behind, to uphold dignity for one and all.
We live in promising times, in an age of sharp changes, but also in times when people are often daunted by the undemocratic events happening throughout the world; those events that sometimes outshine all the aspiration and energy that is left in the world’s population. In such times of distress, I truly admire the United Nations that does not let old patterns and ways of thinking restrict themselves, pressing problems are being handled with heads held up high. Showing fear is not seen as a possibility, the UN proves with every action that where there is shadow, there is also light.
The age we live in does not only create tremendous events, but possibilities that are waiting to be taken. Economic development has significantly reduced poverty, raised life expectations and spread literacy. All those and more improvements did not appear all of the sudden or out of the blue, the UN and other organizations made it their duty to take action and to spend many years fighting. Major progress can only be achieved by being dedicated. And who doesn’t spark dedication, energy, intensity and diversity more than our generation, we are the leaders of tomorrow.
MUNOG 2019 aims at binding young leaders of tomorrow and makes them elaborate on the problems of today. I believe it is our all interests to work together and to shape global developments. We need to rethink the way we see and live in the present in order to safeguard our future. We are not only the leaders of tomorrow, but the leaders of change.
I sincerely hope that all of you will attend MUNOG 2019 with a bright mind and breath-taking ideas regarding our future.
H.E. Lilli Basic
Secretary General of 2019