We are living in times of extreme uncertainty – the COVID-19 pandemic, among other factors, has shed a light on the shortcomings of the current international system, which we have been carpeting for many years. Our every day is ruled by shifts on the stage of international relations: complex political frictions and unresolved issues of the past, huge developmental differences, environmental meltdowns, health, and humanitarian crises, changing balances of power, and more. All these crises are shaping our lives and are key determinants of our future. They tend to be overwhelming and create a feeling of hopelessness and constant fear.
We want to change that – we believe that the future lies in our hands; young minds are also meant for high politics. Thus, at this year’s edition of Salient, we will focus on these political, humanitarian, environmental-developmental, and last but not least, health crises of the new world through the lenses of four United Nations committees. Model United Nations is all about giving young people the opportunity to “save the world” and make it a better place for future generations; firstly, in the premises of a simulation and eventually in real-life practice. In uncertain times like these, our voices have to be heard, and heads have to be put together for finding outstanding solutions for the Crises of the New World.
Our Salient Youth Conference has been following the 1+3 format for years now - participants can in addition to the experience of an international conference gain in-depth knowledge on the actual topic, directly from professionals. This year we are offering four committees, one of which will be completely online. On the first day of the Conference, the spotlight is on our Salient Panels - various experts, policymakers, and representatives share their knowledge with those interested through round-table debates. The freshly gained insight can then be of a great addition to the delegates’ Committee simulation work in the following three days of the Conference. Nonetheless, the first-hand information can greatly benefit any visitors’ future career path and overall perception of international relations.