November 5th, 2015: International Business student, Ginevra Nencha, has taken the title of Best Delegate at the UAE students’ Model United Nations (MUN) conference held recently in Dubai.
Ginevra, who is President of the MUN association at Canadian University Dubai (CUD), displayed outstanding skills in debate and diplomacy to win the prestigious award in her first official outing at an MUN competition. Going up against representatives from universities across the UAE, Ginevra was among nine delegates from CUD who took part in this year’s event.
In a simulated meeting of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Italian national Ginevra was challenged to take on the role of a delegate representing Thailand at the mock international forum. During the three-day event, she impressed judges as she skillfully debated and collaborated with representatives from 20 other nations, to tackle real-world problems such as drug trafficking and organized crime.
As a first-timer at the competition, Ginevra was overwhelmed to receive the Best Delegate accolade, and believes that her passion for international relations along with her in-depth research and quick-thinking under pressure led her to the award.
She said, “Every one of us who takes part in MUN has a genuine determination to help address international issues. To be fully briefed for an event like this takes intensive preparation, to research and understand the position of your assigned country, as well as those you will be debating with.”
She continued, “The forum itself provides a real insight into what it’s like to be a delegate on the international stage; it requires detailed knowledge, the ability to articulate and persuade, and the skills to recognize and reach out to allies during the course of the debate, in order to come to a final resolution.
“I met some truly extraordinary people during the conference, so to be recognized as the Best Delegate has given me a real boost and encouraged me to take on other challenges and to play my part in helping the voices of young people be heard.”
The MUN initiative was created to provide a platform for young people to learn about international issues, diplomacy and inter-government relations and to develop their capabilities in critical thinking, research and debate. The tradition of MUN conferences began in the 1950s and the Best Delegate award is the centerpiece of these competitive events.