SLYMUN creating a platform for youth issues

Even though the concept of the MUN is currently widespread among the Sri Lankan school-goers, the organization has decided to branch out to other areas which focus on local youth and will create a platform to include undergraduates as well and towards this end the Sri Lanka Youth Model United Nations was set up to fill this void.

Youth from Sri Lanka and around the world will participate in this realistic simulation of the United Nations and its sister organizations. Sri Lanka Youth Model United Nations or SLYMUN is organized by the Sri Lanka Youth Diplomatic Forum (SLYDF) which was formed earlier this year.

The office bearers of the MUN for 2012 have include Sajith Bandara, Yasin Nimaladas, Kithminie Wanigasekara, Eraj Gunawardena, Rahul Jayasekara, Nuwangi Fernando, Lakmini Diwakara, Chaminie Samarasekara and Senel Wanniarachchi.

“Participants research a country, take on roles as diplomats, investigate international issues, debate, deliberate, consult, and then develop solutions to world problems,” says Senel Wanniarachchi a representative of the 2012 MUN who adds that being apart of the MUN conferences provide students with not only an opportunity to learn about the UN system and operations but also to learn the importance of economical, cultural, social and environmental issues. Students learn to resolve these problems through methods of negotiation and compromise.

The organizing committee has combined forces with the Youth Council of Sri Lanka and the South Asian Model United Nations conference organized by the VIT University, Tamil Nadu, India, in organizing this conference. The inaugural Youth MUN will take place in early April of 2012 and interested individual are encouraged to apply.

Youth between the ages of 18 to 29 years of age are welcome to apply for SLYMUN as the delegate application will open shortly. Applications for the executive committee and the Press Corps of the Conference are already open. Those who have an interest in International Relations, MUN, Debating and Diplomacy are encouraged to apply for the executive committee while those with interest in media, journalism, creative writing and photography are encouraged to apply for the Press Corps. All those interested are requested to send their curriculum vitae to exco.slymun@gmail.com.

In the future SLYDF hopes to familiarize Sri Lanka’s youth with the role and practices of the United Nation and to serve as the coordinator for participation in conferences for Model United Nations or those dealing with international political and legal issues, both locally and internationally. SLYDF will also engage in a range of awareness building and community service activities.

For more information, please visit http://www.slydf.org/

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