Welcome to the twelfth annual Baltic Model United Nations conference.
Overall global prosperity continues to rise and is at its highest point ever. World economy experiences growth, educational standards have risen and women’s participation in parliaments is higher than ever before. Yet however, this improvement is not shared equally. The Legatum Prosperity Index shows, that the gap between the highest and lowest scores has been growing steadily since 2013, showing a gap this year, that is the largest it has ever been. The 2019 BALMUN conference will focus on addressing the issue of the changing political and social aspects of the world we live in, as well as on how to strengthen global cooperation in order to further international equality and achieve global prosperity.
Global cooperation, necessary to maintain international peace and security, secure human rights and equality, as well as reach the goal of global wealth is the core essence of the UN Charter’s First Article. It is absolutely essential to not only further growth, but also to address issues such as terrorism, climate change and migration, that our globalized world is facing.
As former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan once said: “More than ever before in human history, we share a common destiny. We can master it only if we face it together. And that, my friends, is why we have the United Nations.”. In today’s world, in modern society, global cooperation has become more important than ever before. National problems have become international, unilateral trade has become multilateral. Today’s political concerns cannot be solved without international cooperation. We believe that this year’s conference and the issues we have chosen provoke different opinions, but also encourage cooperation, to find a consensus and implementable solutions, making this conference a rewarding experience for everyone.
Throughout the BALMUN conference, you will work together closely with students from all around the globe, which will enable you to tackle politically relevant issues from various different, diverse perspectives and approach these problems in a far-sighted and comprehensive way.
You set an example for young people all over the world to participate in their political surrounding, make their voices heard and make changes happen.
We are looking forward to meeting you in May!
Simon Johannssen Secretary General