As a part of the 7th Wuhan University International Exchange Camp of Organizations, the Youth Creates Future Model United Nations was held on Monday 28th November, 2016 at the School of Computer Sciences here at Wuhan University.
The MUN was comprised of two sessions in which almost 100 students represented 41 countries. Students from universities both within and outside China participated in this Model United Nations, including students from Peking University, Dartmouth College, Yale University, Princeton University, Oxford University, Tsinghua University, Shandong University, Hunan University,and many more.
The topic of the MUN was “How will the One Belt One Road (OBOR) Initiative influence cultural exchange and youth development”. The chairs of the debate were just as international as its delegates, including Dohan Na of South Korea, Chia Wai Kian of Singapore, Ali Sina of Afghanistan, 熊韡慧 of China and Ethan Robertson of the United States.
While representing the OBOR countries, delegates discussed, debated and exchanged ideas about OBOR for more than 6 hours. Throughout the debate, delegates expressed their firm belief in the initiative's ability to promote cultural exchange and youth development. They agreed that the OBOR initiative shall create more jobs for young people and help to eliminate negative stereotypes among different nations. At the close of the meeting, delegates gave presentations wherein they expressed how cultural exchange shall help in achieving and maintaining world peace by nurturing the ideals of peaceful co-existence.
The delegates also put forward certain challenges which OBOR may have to face in its completion. The challenges include: international terrorism, visa issues, funding and economic matters, differences in currency, political instability etc. However, the delegates articulated their resolve and determination to continue this project and urged the comity of nations to commit to projects empowering youth. For, as they say, ‘Youth maybe 50 percent of our population, but they are 100 percent of our future.’
Chair Dohun Na concluded the debate by expressing his gratitude to Wuhan University, the WISMUN Team and the distinguished delegates. He also voiced his satisfaction over the performance of students and encouraged them to continue such co-curricular activities in future. In the end, Mr. Freddie Cloke, Executive President of WISMUN Team, paid his gratitude to all the participants, management team and chairpersons.