GFDD Supports the NYDRMUN 2011 in New York

April 17, 2011

With the participation of more than 700 middle school and high school Dominican and foreign students, the Dominican Association of the United Nations (UNA-DR), in collaboration with Fundación Global Democracia y Desarrollo (FUNGLODE), and its sister institution in New York, the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD), formally opened the Seventh Conference Dominican Republic Model
United Nations in New York (NYDRMUN 2011).

A multimedia video recounting the history of the six previous versions that took place in the heart of New York City was shown during the opening ceremony.

The welcoming remarks were provided by George Szabo, Secretary General of the model, who said that he was happy for the opportunity and added that today””s youth live in a "globalized" era and, therefore, the media and social networks are
important tools for young people to achieve their goals. He also urged those present to be more than spectators and dreamers, he asked them to get up and act to achieve their goals.
For her part, the GFDD director in New York, Yamile Eusebio, predicted success and advised the young students to give themselves in body and soul to the activity and work hard throughout the meeting so that at the end of the event they would feel satisfied with the great work
The Executive Director of the Dominican Association of the United Nations (UNA-DR), Pilar Sandoval, delivered the speech sent by the United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, in which he stated that: "Youth must unite to overcome climate change and to create a better eco-friendly and sustainable world for all," adding that ultimately "recent events worldwide have shown once again the power of youth to take
initiative and change the course of history."
At the opening ceremony, Mr. Jay Hershenson, Senior Vice Chancellor of the City University of New York (CUNY), and Secretary of the Board of Directors, was presented a recognition plaque for his continued support to the implementation of the last five events, including this year’s, of the Conference Dominican Republic Model United Nations in New York (NYDRMUN 2011).

Secretary General of the Conference, George Szabo, in the end opened the event, allowing hundreds of young people, starting this Sunday and until next Tuesday, April 19, to feel like real United Nations delegates.
The 2011 NYDRMUN

NYDRMUN is the setting where young Dominicans, Latin Americans and youth from the rest of the world come together to strengthen their leadership, deepen their knowledge on global
issues and strengthen their skills on negotiation, speech and the peaceful settlement of disputes through dialogue and consensus . This event is an interactive simulation of the General Assembly, the Security Council, the Human Rights Council, and the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), of the United Nations Organization system.