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Vilnius Model United Nations 2017: VGTU Students Solving the Conflict in Syria

2017-10-27
Vilnius Model United Nations 2017: VGTU Students Solving the Conflict in Syria
On October 24, an education simulation event “Vilnius Model UN 2017” took place to mark the 72nd anniversary of the United Nations Day. The event was organised by the Eastern Europe Studies Centre (EESC) together with the Swedish Institute, the Embassy of Sweden in Lithuania and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania. Three students from Vilnius Gediminas Technical University (VGTU) participated in the event: Pritesh Kwatra and Josias Knöppler as delegates from Russia, and Michelle Rohla as delegate from France.
 
Participants of the Model United Nations conferences become delegates of different countries for a day. They learn to use their diplomacy and international relations skills in solving international conflicts, and try to bring peace to the Middle East. This type of simulation has very deep traditions and has been organised since 1949.
 
The theme of this year's Vilnius Model United Nations 2017: Solving the Conflict in Syria. Before the event, students are assigned to represent specific countries (2 students per country) and have to prepare for their assignments in advance: they analyse current situation and prepare their solution to the conflict in the Middle East. They present and defend the assigned country’s position during the education simulation event.
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