Am I the same person of 4 years ago?
- 30 March 2016
- Posted by: PaoloAdmin
- Category: Change the World Experience
by Flavio Felici,
Change the World Model UN is a initiative which gives to everyone, coming from everywhere in the word, the chance to represent a country and discuss about an important issue in front of many people, as real ambassadors do.
My experience started 4 years ago, and every time I think about it the question is “Am I the same person of 4 years ago?”. Associazione Diplomatici gave me the possibility to go to New York City and discuss in front of thousands people, young ambassadors as I was, people who I’ve never seen before, in another language rather than my mother tongue. I remember the very first time I joined the project I was representing Yemen. I felt so shy and embarrassed that I barely talked. By the passing of time this feeling disappeared.
The 2015 CWMUN experience is the one I’ll remember forever and ever. I was representing Ethiopia in ECOSOC, and the topic was related to the food and security issue in the EXPO 2015 context. I studied so hard, learning a lot of things I didn’t know about Ethiopia and the topic itself, I felt so involved that once I arrived at the UN Headquarter I thought “Change the World” wasn’t a motto anymore. It was – it is! –something we can do for real. I felt the energy to help the country I was representing.
We negotiated, debated a lot, created alliances and eventually wrote down the draft resolution. It passed, becoming official. I was so proud of us! I even won the “Honourable Mention” award.
Thank you Associazione Diplomatici for the opportunity you gave me to visit NYC, meet so many people, understand much more about the problems affecting our world.
I hope many other young ambassadors decide to join the project as I did – and more than once!, being part of this unique experience entirely held at the UN Headquarter in New York.