In just a few days, 212 students from around the world will gather in Brussels for the second edition of Model NATO Youth Summit (MoNYS), which will take place from the 8th to the 13th of July.
After the success of the first edition of MoNYS, in 2012, the organizing team is happy to announce that the final preparations for MoNYS 2013 are almost done. It has been a long process, but all the efforts of the team will be worthwhile when participants are welcomed in Brussels. During this year’s edition, participants will discuss topics such as Cooperation on the Fight against Terrorism, Non-Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction, Cyber Security, and NATO’S Current and Future Partnerships.
The organizing team, which is comprised of students and young professionals from 15 countries, has managed to invite high-level speakers, giving participants the chance to meet them personally. Among the guest speakers of the Summit are Jamie Shea, Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges at NATO Headquarters, Ilir Dugolli, Ambassador of the Republic of Kosovo in Brussels, and Cristina Gallach, the Head of Communications Unit at the Council of the European Union.
This year’s participants will attend several committee sessions at the European Parliament under the patronage of NATO’s delegation and the EP, as well as a field trip on a military boat of the Belgium Navy. A black and white themed party will cap off the event, where participants will have the opportunity to socialize and network.
MoNYS has been and will remain an incredible experience for its organizers and participants equally. “I chose to apply to MoNYS again because I knew it was going to be worth it: last year’s experience was unforgettable, both on a personal and professional level. It gave me the chance to test my limits and express my talents. It was and still is hard work, but it was and still will be a great success”, says Claudia Nocente, Head of Diplomatic Affairs for MoNYS 2013. “I expect to have an opportunity to hear different thoughts from various committees, an argumentative discussion which will lead me to a better understanding of the international mechanism of NATO.
Meeting different people will give me a chance to see in which direction young people are going and what their goals and ideas for the future are. Beside all of this, I will have an opportunity to meet people from different cultures and exchange experiences”, states Rojana Stojanović from Serbia, Delegate of Belgium at MoNYS 2013.
MoNYS 2013 is supported by major international organizations, such as the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the Atlantic Treaty Association, Ministère de la Région Bruxelles Capitale, the European Geopolitical Forum, Europuls, Leonidas, Thon Hotel Brussels, Diageo and Star Alliance.