2019•04•11 MaastrichtOn 6 and 7 April 2019, four United Nations University institutes (UNU-CRIS, UNU-EHS, UNU-IAS and UNU-MERIT) co-organised an inter-institutional United Nations Peacebuilding Commission (UNPBC) Simulation at UNU-MERIT in Maastricht, the Netherlands. Through this event, the second of its kind, UNU students had the opportunity to develop skills in research, public speaking, teamwork, and leadership as well as to experience firsthand the complexities of international negotiations at the highest level.
Before arriving in Maastricht, the roughly 50 participants were assigned to represent UN member States and international organizations such as UNDP and the International Monetary Fund. In their allocated roles, the students submitted position papers. From UNU-IAS, three students (Esteban Velez Vega (Colombia), Heng Shi Lin Zealyn (Singapore), and Maria Alejandra Aguilar Herrera (Colombia)–pictured above) took part in the roles of a UN Deputy Secretary-General, High Representative of the European Union, and a delegate from Germany, respectively.
After completing a negotiation exercise, each group drafted a policy outline designed to contribute to addressing conflict issues in Colombia and the Sahel region. The draft policy document combined an overview of the local needs for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, specifically Goal 16 (Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions), Goal 5 (Gender Equality), and Goal 4 (Quality Education). The final outcome document gathered the proposals of all groups and delivered a complete outline of commitments by each relevant stakeholder to restore and maintain long-lasting peace in the regions of discussion.