5 April 2019 7th Saints Model UN Conference (St Andrews JC & St Andrews Secondary School)
The president of the United Nations Association of Singapore, Mr Alexander Charles Louis, was invited as the Guest of Honour for the 7th Saints Model UN Conference. The theme of the conference was “Towards an Ideal World”, which is a conception of something in its perfection.
Presenting an overview of the current state of the world, Mr Alexander highlighted to delegates attending the Conference various crisis that afflicted humanity in 2018 and the probable outlook for 2019. Some of the concerns addressed related to civil wars, food insecurity, displacement of people from their homes, humanitarian catastrophes, armed conflict, man-made crisis, violence and insecurity etc. Due to political and economic instability in countries such as Afghanistan, Somalia, Yemen, Syria, Sudan, DRC, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Venezuela etc, life for these people will only get worse & not better in 2019, as the crisis continue to escalate.
Mr Alexander also touched on many overlapping and entwined issues such as:
- Lack of Education
- Water Security
- Food Security
- Climate Change
- The Fight Against Poverty
- Lack of Economic Opportunity & Unemployment Aggravated by Disruption
- Uncertain Safety & Security
- Persistent Armed Conflict
- The Internet used as A Weapon of Terror, Cyber Threats & Impact of AI
- Accountability & Transparency of Governments
- Religious Conflict & Violent Extremism
- Fading Multilateralism in A Changing World Order
- The Rise of China and the looming Trade War
- US Policy of Disengagement in Asia
- North Korean Peace Talks
- Brexit and its implications
In concluding Mr Alexander called upon delegates to factor three points when mooting Towards an Ideal World:
- Secretary General of the UN Antonio Guterres calling for caution due to” rising polarization…populism…. multilateralism being under fire precisely when the
world needs it most…”.
- “No one can be indifferent to human suffering… Wars, conflicts, economic crises and environmental degradation affect us all equally.” A reminder by the by President of 73rd General Assembly, María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés.
- Conceivably, in the face of massive existential threats to people and planet – but, equally, at a time of compelling opportunities for shared prosperity – there is no way forward to achieve an ideal world, but through firstly collective, common-sense action for the common good, and secondly by adopting and executing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by all UN member States, which provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and planet, now and into the future.
Ms Valencia Yeo Hui Ying
Mr Alex Louis
Ms Dang Van Trang (Photographer)
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