ÉireMUN 2016 Gets Underway in UCC

Glenn Dunlea attended the opening ceremony of the second annual Irish Model United Nations Conference, ÉireMUN.

The second annual Irish Model United Nations Conference (ÉireMUN 2016) got underway this afternoon with an opening ceremony held in Brookfield, UCC, featuring two well-known local and national figures.

Opening the proceedings, Conference Director Ben Harrington thanked those that had assisted in the organisation of this year’s conference, which is sponsored by the National Space Centre and is the pilot of the United Nations University Outreach Programme.

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Deputy Lord Mayor of Cork and UCC student Stephen Cunningham spoke of his pride in knowing that Cork city is one that embraces diversity and a range of cultures, making it the perfect host of ÉireMUN. He commended UCC’s International Relations Society as one of UCC’s finest from his own experience, and recognised it as one that dominates the international Model United Nations scene, bringing positive attention to UCC worldwide. He asked those present to “challenge [themselves]… to challenge ideas, and to challenge other individuals”, throughout their careers.

Secretary General André Neto-Bradley spoke of his past experiences with various international MUNs, and highlighted the fact that for many, participation in MUN events is a way of expanding your learning beyond your academic field of study.

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Michael J. Verling addressing delegates at ÉireMUN 2016. Seated L-R are Martha Ewence, Auditor, IR Society 2016, ÉireMUN Secretary General André Neto-Bradley, and Conference Director Ben Harrington. Photo copyright Emmet Curtin.

Michael J. Verling, a former senior Army Officer who served for two years in Croatia as an official and a human rights monitor for the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), spoke to delegates of his own career, emphasising that, for him, the only way to succeed in moving forward is to first know and understand where you’re coming from, “you must know your conutries… You must know where you’re coming from and where you’re going”.

Secretary General Neto-Bradley concluded proceedings by bringing down the gavel, and formally announcing ÉireMUN 2016 open for proceedings.

ÉireMUN 2016 will run in UCC from the 22nd-24th January 2016.

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