KATHMANDU, July 16: The 2019 Everest International Model United Nations (EIMUN) Conference kicked off in Kathmandu on Monday. US Ambassador to Nepal Randy W Berry, UN Resident Coordinator Valerie Julliand, and Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Bharat Raj Paudyal jointly launched the conference in the capital.
The US Embassy welcomed 200 delegates from 20 different countries across the Indo-Pacific region to discuss issues from building infrastructure for accessible and affordable food to developing cyber security and data protection mechanisms, said a press statement issued by the US Embassy in Kathmandu.
Addressing the delegates, Ambassador Berry emphasized that the United States believes every nation has the responsibility to adhere to international norms, and for the sovereign choices of all countries to be respected and free from coercion.
“In Asia, it is this idea that defines the United States' approach across the Indo-Pacific region,” he said, while encouraging the students to “take the skills and knowledge learned here to your onward studies and future careers.”
Speaking on the occasion, UN Resident Coordinator Valerie Julliand said that youth have the power to create change.
“Model UN is an excellent opportunity for young people to become involved in tackling local and global issues, such as achieving Sustainable Development Goals and combating climate change,” she said.
Over the week, students will simulate committee sessions for the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), UN Women, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), the World Food Program (WFP), and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).