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Learning about the United Nations

Can a conflict, which has been going on for decades, be solved with meatballs? This and many more questions were pondered at the Model United Nations workshop at Agora on Thursday the 13th of October.

The Model UN is a role play excercise in which each participant represents a different country and its agenda at an UN summit.

The workshop was held at Agora and it had ten participants. One them was Sm Ifta Khairul Alam, who  is studying the master´s program in ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Jyväskylä. He represented Brazil in the summit.

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Sm Ifta Khairul Alam (left) started his Ecology and evolution biology -master´s studies at the University of Jyväskylä this fall. He took part in the Model UN for the first time. Nguyen Phi Hung represented South Sudan in the workshop. He is studying Educational Sciences.

”When they mailed me about it, I thought I knew nothing about Brazil”, Alam said after the workshop.

”Model UN was a good experience, and I learned about different countries.”

The event was organized by the United Nations Association of Jyväskylä and the Finnish Model United Nations (FinMUN). It was part of the JYY Developmental Cooperation week.

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