Ceremony at Albanian Parliament Kicks off 5th Model UN Conference

U.S. Ambassador Alexander A. Arvizu, UN Resident Coordinator Zineb Touimi-Benjelloun, Albanian Speaker of Parliament Ilir Meta and Minister of Education Lindita Nikolla were the keynote speakers at today’s opening ceremony in the Parliament’s Plenary Room for the 5th Albanian Model UN Conference.  121 participating high school students coming from cities throughout Albania were encouraged to work towards contributing to a better future for Albania and humanity through active engagement in public life, critical thinking, and cooperation.

This weekend the 5th Albanian Model United Nations will kick off its Final Conference at Chateau Linza Hotel and Resort in Tirana. Over the next three days, fourteen teams of high school students from cities around the country will debate some of the most difficult international problems. Delegates will represent the countries of Russia, UK, USA, France, China, Indonesia, Libya, Egypt, South Korea, Venezuela, Mexico, Nigeria, Turkey, Syria, and Israel.

For the last six months these 121 students, under the leadership of U.S. Peace Corps volunteers serving in Albania, have researched and debated the crisis in Syria, Nuclear Disarmament and Development, and Human Rights of Migrants. Their skills in negotiation, diplomacy, debate, and public speaking will be put to the test as they write resolutions to address these issues.

Model UN is made possible thanks to a partnership between the Ministry of Education and Sports, Peace Corps Albania, the Albanian-American Development Foundation, and the Embassy of the United States and the UN office in Tirana.

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