Annual Conference report 2020
On December 3-7, Model United Nations of the Russian Far East successfully conducted the Annual Conference 2020 at Far Eastern Federal University in the online format. The event gathered more than 130 participants from various parts of Russia as well as India, China, Egypt, Serbia, Colombia, Republic of Korea, Zambia, Ghana, and El Salvador. The participants represented the United Nations Member States to four committees: Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), United Nations Environmental Assembly (UNEA), Security Council (SC) and World Bank (WB). The Conference was organized in cooperation with the UN Information Centre in Moscow, the World Bank Russian Federation Office, the International Committee of the Red Cross Regional Delegation to Moscow, Russian Federal Agency for Youth Affairs “Rosmolodezh”, the ASEAN Center in MGIMO University, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Centre in Moscow. The official language of the Conference was English.
The following agenda items were put under discussion:
Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific:
1. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 7 in Asia and the Pacific;
2. Advancing Science, technology, and innovation for the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
United Nations Environment Assembly:
1. Climate change and displacement;
2. Financing Sustainable Land Use for People and Planet.
Security Council - Open Agenda
World Bank - Appraisal and approval of development projects.
The program of the Conference also included the panel discussion “North-East Asia on the way to the Agenda 2030” on Sustainable Development Goals which was moderated by Dr. Ekaterina Koldunova, Associate Professor, Department of Asian and African Studies, Senior expert, ASEAN Centre in MGIMO University, and included briefings by Dr. Vladimir S. Pavinsky, Public Information Officer (deputy Director) at the UN Information Center in Moscow, Prof. Sukehiro Hasegawa, President of the Global Peacebuilding Association of Japan, Executive Director for Academic Exchange of the United Nations Association of Japan, Mr. Anton Tsvetov, Deputy Director, Department of Multilateral Economic Cooperation and Special Projects, Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation, Dr. Yasushi Katsuma, Professor of International Studies at the Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University, Director of Global Health Affairs and Governance at the Institute for Global Health Policy Research in the National Center for Global Health and Medicine of Japan, Dr. Kapil Narula, Senior Researcher, Energy Efficiency Group, Institute for Environmental Sciences, University of Geneva, Switzerland, Prof. Kritzman Caballero, foreign policy research officer at the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) – Embassy of Australia to the Philippines, Ms. Nobuko Kajiura, Sustainable Development Officer at UN ESCAP East and North-East Asia Office. In frames of the event, the speakers covered such spheres as environment, innovative development, educational advancement, regional cooperation, etc.
In order to raise awareness of participants on the agenda items, the Conference included Committee Lectures by the invited experts: ESCAP – Mr. Wai Kit Si-Tou, Associate Sustainable Development Officer for the East and North-East Asia Office of ESCAP; SC – Ms. Nailia D. Mirsaitova, legal adviser at the International Committee of the Red Cross Regional Delegation for the Russian Federation, Belarus, and Moldova; WB – Ms. Larisa I. Fugol, program analyst of The World Bank Moscow Office; UNEA – Mr. Keane Shum, Senior Policy Officer at the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
It is also important to mention that the participants attended the MUNRFE AC’20 Opening Ceremony were granted an opportunity to receive welcoming remarks by high-profile speakers as Dr. Evgeny E. Vlasov, FEFU Vice-President for International Relations, Mr. Renaud Seligmann, Country Director for the Russian Federation, Europe and Central Asia, Mr. Vanno Noupech, Representative of UNHCR in Russia, Dr. Ganbold Baasanjav, Head of UN ESCAP East and North-East Asia Office, H.E. Shashi Bhushan, Consul General of India, Vladivostok, Russia, Mr. Vladislav Nikitin, Attaché of a representative office of Russian ministry of foreign affairs. Moreover, the MUNRFE AC 2020 participants were privileged to receive the official address of the UN Secretary-General António Guterres for the third year in a row. As a result of the Conference, the following recognitions were granted to the participants and participating institutions:
1. Amity University (India);
2. Bashkir State University (Ufa, Russia);
3. International Linguistic School (Vladivostok, Russia);
4. Ivanovo State University (Ivanovo, Russia);
5. Linguistic University of Nizhny Novgorod (Nizhny Novgorod, Russia)
6. Far Eastern Federal University (Vladivostok, Russia).
Winners of the Grant Competition:
Mr. Andrei Berdnikov (Moscow, Russia);
Ms. Ekaterina Eremina (Vladivostok, Russia);
Mr. Ilya Moroz (Vladivostok, Russia);
Ms. Alexandr Morozov (Moscow, Russia);
Mr. Aleksey Polezhaev (Moscow, Russia);
Ms. Mariam Tagaymurodova (Moscow, Russia);
Ms. Victoria Tuchina (Moscow, Russia);
Mr. Andrei Zabolotko (Moscow, Russia);
Mr. Anna Zheleznyak (Moscow, Russia)
1. People’s Republic of China (Polina Babenko, Ekaterina Eremina, Alexandra Mikhailiuk, Ilya Moroz, adviser – Daria Zlydar) - Vladivostok
2. United States of America (Maria Abramova, Fedor Kalashnikov, Ekaterina Soloveva, Danil Vinokurov, adviser - Christina Tolmacheva) – Vladivostok
Best documents Award:
Ekaterina Eremina – China, WB (Vladivostok)
Special Recognition Award:
Yana Korchevnaya (France, WB)
Polina Dolgopolova (Indonesia, ESCAP)
Fedor Kalashnikov (USA, SC)
Anastasia Bezotosova (UK, SC).
1. Danil Vinokurov (USA, WB)
2. Diana Ilyaskina (Pakistan, UNEA)
3. Polina Babenko (China, ESCAP)
4. Aleksandra Mikhailiuk (China, UNEA)
5. Tatiana Akuneeva (Australia, WB)
6. Ilya Moroz (China, SC)
Outstanding delegates are credentialed for MUNRFE Leadership Program that includes participation in the National Model UN 2021 in New York, the USA.
MUNRFE expresses its deepest appreciation to the work of the Senior Secretariat: Secretary-General Ms. Galina Salnikova, Under-Secretary-General for Conference Management Mr. Nikita Volkov, and Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, SC President Mr. Aleksei Stanonis. MUNRFE also admits a significant contribution by the Secretariat team comprised of ESCAP Chairperson Ms. Alyona Plekhanova (Vladivostok), UNEA Chairperson Ms. Evgenia Sochneva (Vladivostok) and Vice-Chairperson Ms. Polina Varfolomeeva (St. Petersburg), as well as World Bank Chairperson Ms. Christina Tolmacheva (Vladivostok) and Vice-Chairperson Ms. Daria Zlydar (Vladivostok). Besides, MUNRFE recognizes the importance of the assistance provided by MUNRFE Advisory Council Chairman Ms. Alexandra Kosyreva.
It is significant to underline the work of MUNRFE AC’20 Department of Global Communications (DGC), the members of which ensured the successful implementation of logistical and informational components of the Conference, in particular, Head of DGC Ms. Alexandra Chernysheva, and DCM Officers Anna Gontar, Anna Nikolaeva, and Daria Krasniuk.
MUNRFE also expresses its appreciation to the MUNRFE AC’20 Department of Conference Management:
1. PR-Working Group – Polina Babenko, Kamila Kukushkina;
2. Manager for working with participants – Anastasia Bezotosova;
2. Designer - Elizaveta Berezutskaya;
3. DCM Officers – Daria Krasniuk, Huyen Pham, So Yon Ri, Stepan Zakharchuk.
The Organization is delighted to mention that the Conference was implemented with the support of MUNRFE strategic partner - Far Eastern Federal University and its divisions. Moreover, MUNRFE highly appreciates the partnership with the UN Information Centre in Moscow, the World Bank Russian Federation Office, the International Committee of the Red Cross Regional Delegation to Moscow, Russian Federal Agency for Youth Affairs “Rosmolodezh”, the ASEAN Center in MGIMO University, and the UNHCR Centre in Moscow and hopes for the further extension of cooperation.
MUNRFE congratulates all participants and members of the Organizing Committee on the successful completion of the MUNRFE Annual Conference 2020. The Organization is delighted to serve as the platform for the professional and personal development of young ambitious leaders who are willing to transform the world around.