We are one step closer to organizing Kurdistan and Iraq’s first Model UN conference. On February 7, Mohammed M. Obaid Shwani, Co-founder of NMUNA and Grant Manager at Soran University, visited UCF to kick-off collaborations on a joint project.
The project, titled Building Global Citizenship and Leadership of Kurdistan-Iraq Youth: Model United Nations 2021, is funded by the US Embassy in Baghdad and International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX). Soran University, UCF, and National Model United Nations Associations (NMUNA) will implement the project, promoting partnerships between US and Iraqi institutions.
As part of the visit, Shwani met with Professor Güneş Murat Tezcür, Jalal Talabani Chair of Kurdish Politics, Professor Nikola Mirilovic, and Miroslav Shapovalov, Ph.D. Candidate at UCF. The UCF team will visit Kurdistan next fall to attend the conference organized as part of the project. Shwani also connected with the KnightMUN organization at UCF, who will provide technical support and serve as advisors to spreading Model UN in Iraq.
These initiatives will pave the way for long-term impact in the country. By raising awareness on international affairs, bridging divided communities, and enhancing youth’s capacity, the region is destined to make progress. We cannot be more proud to lead and take part in such progress.
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