Dear Delegates of the Economic and Social Council,
It is with utmost pleasures that I welcome you to this year’s conference. This year I will have the honor of being one of your chairs. The theme of our conference is focused on creating a better world and future for children and the youth. With that in mind, the topics that we chose for ECOSOC this year are especially important to us as we enter the workforce and become more significant members of our communities.
Our first topic regarding youth unemployment is something that concerns many of us right now. Working part-time jobs is often an opportunity to gain experience, learn something new and earn some money. However, in many areas of the world it's harder for youth to find jobs. This means that every year less experienced workers are coming into the workforce and youth may find it harder to find stable jobs in the future as adults. On the other hand, there are many legitimate arguments against youth employment with particular regards to youth exploitation and it's possible detrimental effects on one's education. Considering the duality and significance of this issue I believe that through our debates we will be able to gain a deeper understanding of this issue and how it affects us. The second topic addressing the issue of youth crime rates is also an important one. Proper early development is an integral part of who we become as adults and thus early prevention plays an important role in stopping minors from living a life of crime. Solving this issue will not be easy, however, it will have many implications for the future especially in regards to how our societies will progress.
The upcoming ZYGMUN conference will be the 8th MUN conference that I will be taking part in. I have spent most of my MUN career as a delegate on various committees, however, I also had the privilege of being a part of the Secretariat for the first ZYGMUN conference. MUN conferences are always amazing and unique experiences where one can learn and meet new people. I hope that when you come here in April you will make unforgettable memories and learn something new. I look forward to meeting you guys in person and see how you will tackle the issues we chose for you.
Tomasz Dyjewski, Chair of the Economic and Social Council.
It is my pleasure to welcome you to this year’s ZYGMUN. First of all, I would like to congratulate you for deciding to get involved in the exciting, yet challenging, world of MUN and to assure you that you have a lot to gain from your involvement in such conferences. MUN aims at triggering young people’s interest in pressing issues, that affect them and their future, thus shaping them into responsible citizens.
This year’s ZYGMUN will be my 8th MUN conference and my 3rd one as a student officer. As you probably understand, I really enjoy participating in such activities, because through them I feel as if I can affect, even to a small extent, the world in which we live in. At the same time, I get the chance to meet a lot of amazing people from all over the world and discuss with them, thus getting acquainted with fascinating different cultures and ways of thinking.
The main theme of this conference is “Children and Youth: Fostering Peace and Security for Future Generations”. It is undeniable that a lot of attention should be paid to the improvement of all aspects of contemporary life, in order to ensure that future generations will live in a safer world. Both topics of the ECOSOC committee are directly connected to this context, since they refer to two major problems that young people nowadays often face. Coming up with effective solutions to these issues would definitely improve the circumstances in which many adolescents live in and provide them with more opportunities to develop and prosper.
I believe that the fact that the topics of our committee are directly connected to young people like you and me will make it easier for you to participate actively during committee work. In general, I would like to encourage you all to conduct a thorough research on both topics, so that you can make the most out of this amazing opportunity that is given to you. You shouldn’t be afraid to raise your voice while representing your country’s policy, while respecting other delegates’ right to do the same.
I hope that you all feel as excited as I do for the upcoming ZYGMUN.
Looking forward to meeting you all soon,
Katerina Voutsa, Chair of the Economic and Social Council.
I’m excited to be a chair in the ECOSOC committee and to work with all of you to debate and contemplate about the unemployment and crime rates amongst the youth of our globalized world. The theme of the conference this year is about children and youth, and as the ECOSOC committee, we will be discussing the intricate and abstract social systems that govern the future of our youth. I believe that as a generation of young adults that are paving the path for their futures we will have a very unique take on the issue.
A little bit about me, I have participated in conferences with a variety of formats in the past years but I must be honest, this is my first time as a chair and I am very excited. I’m from Turkey and I go to Istanbul International Community School. I attended a boarding school in the United States for the first two and a half years of my high school which included two months of sailing the Atlantic Ocean in a ninety-four-year-old wooden tall ship. I’m an all-around diverse person; I like kiteboarding, martial arts, and hip-hop music.
As the conference approaches, I wish that every single one of you make the most out of your four day ZYGMUN experience. Being open minded and engaged is essential to enjoying your MUN experience. I look forward to meeting you all.
Erim Habib, Chair of the Economic and Social Council