The National Youth Model United Nations – 2017 was held on 25th, 26th and 27th of August at the Colombo University premises. A team of delegation representing the Gavel Club of Uva Wellassa University took part in the event, under the guidance of Dr. J.L. Rathnasekera (Vice Chancellor), Mr. G.H. Abeyweera (Dean, Faculty of Management Sciences), Mr. Jagath Kulathillake (Counsellor – UWU Gavel Club) and Ms. Rishani Dissanayake (Academic Advisor – UWU Gavel Club). The team of delegation was consist of Rifkhan Nayeem, Niroshan Senavirathne, Indrajith Attanayake, Dilmi Senanayake from Faculty of Science and Technology, while Kunchana Geekiyanage, Umesha Harshani, Mohammed Irshan, Fathima Nuha joined the team from Faculty of Management. Delegates Chathura Gunarathne and Kaushalya Balasooriya were from the Faculty of Animal Science and Export Agriculture. The UWU team delegated the conference at the sessions of UN General Assembly, UN World Population Fund and UN World Health Assembly.
The National Youth Model United Nations (NYMUN) 2017 was a two-day conference that function as a national simulation of the United Nations and its affiliated organizations, for youth. NYMUN seeks to give delegates an insight into the workings of the United Nations, and expose them to the dynamics and dimensions of the international political system by assuming the roles of UN representatives and members of other international bodies. The inauguration ceremony of this year’s conference was held at the New Arts Theater of University of Colombo was graced by the State Minister of Finance Hon. Eran Wickramarathne MP, where he urged the importance of the youth in solving the current issues of the world.
The two day committee sessions were successfully held, where the youth participants actively engaged to communicate, to compromise and to reach sustainable solutions that are inclusive of all communities and individuals. Since, the young people are vulnerable to a number of challenges that are exclusive to them, and while most aspire a social life, their voices tend to be ignored. The problem faced by youth, challenge not only today’s societies, but the future generations as well. The two day sessions were mostly focused unto open discussions and with hot debates to address numerous issues faced by the world via drafting resolutions in response to these global issues. Passionate and diverse sessions for the youth who are currently involved in various academic and professional ventures, gave an enormous opportunity to enhance their knowledge and skills, whilst developing perspectives and attitudes necessary for leadership and civic engagement as well.
The conference was concluded on 27th of August with an ideal perspective on current world affairs, where the Sri Lankan youth being engaged to nourish this global view. Closing ceremony was patronized by the Minister of Wildlife and Sustainable Development Hon. Gamini Jayawickrama Perera, MP, and Her Excellency Robina P. Marks, the South African High Commissioner in Sri Lanka.