On behalf of the Secretariat it is our honour and privilege to cordially invite you to participate in the 18th annual Costeas-Geitonas School Model United Nations conference, to be hosted in the city of Athens from 12th-14th April with the theme of “Balancing on Global Ropes: Towards World Stability”.
We are currently situated in a world of global turmoil and great uncertainty, with immense challenges looming ahead. Problems ranging from active conflict to financial instability to rapid climate change are all at the forefront of global conversation, but that alone is not enough. It is now more crucial than ever for us to preserve unity over division, and focus on working towards achieving true stability. The interdependence of political and financial institutions worldwide has shifted the balance of power away from traditional models of centralised power and moves increasingly closer towards multipolarity. This drastic change has brought about unforeseen consequences, transforming the way that international fora operate. It is on this basis that ambiguity has formed around the role that these organisations embody. Millions of lives are at stake, pressuring world leaders to collaborate and live up to their promises of serving the people and justice. Compromises and good faith, key cornerstones of diplomacy, are facing their greatest crisis yet in such trying times.
The path towards stability is not easy; it is filled with obstacles that undermine human ideals and set back the progress of humanity. The very idea of interdependence requires all parties to be willing to work together under this principle. A nation alone today is more alone than at any other point of human history. And an organisation with members wishing to be alone is not an organisation.
However, not all hope has been lost. Intergovernmental bodies like the United Nations remain dedicated in their quest towards peace and world stability. The fundamental values of our institutions continue to be a beacon to strive for. By adapting to the new geopolitical landscape, globally, we are fostering a new climate of cooperation and moving our society into a new era. Even during crises, people have shown the greatest resilience and willingness to seek solutions beyond the constraints of the present, to find the possibility of a better future. Hope is never truly lost in the hands of the people. Every single one of us as individuals in the society, as global citizens, have this unique responsibility of keeping this hope for stability alive.
CGSMUN is now in its 18th session, and has adapted to meet the aforementioned global challenges. The conference’s theme, “Towards World Stability”, focuses on the necessity of a common effort to tackle the issues that affect all Nations and leads to different forms of instability. Having been translated into a vast array of topics into the different committees, it now encompasses different issues from differing perspectives, and provides delegates with the opportunity to explore new approaches to existing problems. Moreover, CGSMUN allows students to practise transferable skills, such as negotiation, critical thinking, and collaboration skills that are ever disappearing in these times, yet ever so important for the maintenance of stability on all levels of society. This conference aims to make all participants realise their role as global citizens, alongside their shared responsibility for our future. Today, in order to act, we need to act together.
On behalf of the entire CGSMUN team, we welcome you and look forward to seeing you in April!
|The Secretary General,
|The President of the General Assembly,
Kai Yuet Zhang