It was 4pm when I was checking my agenda and having that debate with myself in order to know whether I should be able to apply for AMUN’s Secretariat or not. I knew that I had several things to give the new edition as I have been working in the Lebanese American University Model United Nations (LAUMUN) as a trainer for two years. There were two voices invading my mind at that point of time as I was sitting drinking my tea. The first one was that voice that has always been the reason for me to move forward and challenge myself. That voice that keeps telling me: “Do it!” That voice wanted me to do it on the first hand because everyone noticed the huge impact that the first edition of AMUN had on youth, and I wanted to be part of it. On the other hand, I wanted to go for it because it seemed as a huge challenge. Guess what is my second favorite thing in the world after penguins? That’s right, challenges. (I cannot tell whether challenges are the first or penguins. To be thought of.) As a matter of fact, I have always been challenging myself on purpose and everyone around me. I have been doing that because I believe it is the only way to grow and develop. And that is what I have always wanted to do; to grow and develop. The second voice was completely different. It was the voice that kept telling me: “Don’t do it. It is not your thing.” Apparently, this voice did not want me to do it because at a point of time, a suit and a tie seemed very fake to me. It is not surprising that a suit and a tie is what give some people jobs. I hated that. I have always seen myself as a person who’d rather work wearing a t-shirt and a short; as part of the community, as part of everyone else. It took me couple of hours to decide what I wanted to do with the rest of 2015. Despite all the commitments that I had and despite the fact I live in a different country, I decided to take part of the Secretariat of AMUN’15 to impact more youth, and to challenge myself.
It was 4pm again. Exactly 8 months after deciding to take part in the AMUN’15 Secretariat. The closing ceremony was about to end and we were about to officially announce the closing of AMUN’15. The look on the delegates’ eyes at the end of the conference made me realize, even if I did not have any doubt during the whole 8 months that we spent preparing for the conference, that all the effort that was done was not a waste at all (you don’t say, Sherlock?); Incredible energy, lively atmosphere, and promising young souls. That was the whole aim of AMUN. It was another moment when a person realizes that if anyone thinks that oil or gas are the two major resources for Algeria, then he/she must be way too wrong. The major resource for Algeria is youth. These people who took part in organizing such conference are the major resource for Algeria. These people who took part as participants in the conference are the major resource for Algeria. If, at any point of time, Algeria wanted to leave the mediocrity that has been living in for a very long time, it has to invest on these young people. They have the key of innovation, progress, and definitely prosperity.
I wouldn’t end this post by lecturing you how important it is not to stop where AMUN has stopped and to keep moving forward transferring what you have learnt to other young people in order to make a bigger impact. What I’d rather be doing is letting you know something you already know: activism is always better than passivity. Chasing your dreams and refusing to surrender for society is always the right thing to do. Deciding to take action to make things better is always the right thing to do. Fighting your fear and what is keeping you behind is always the right thing to do. Being the person who actually creates a solution for the problem rather than complaining all day long is definitely the right thing to do. Together for the Investment in the Algerian Youth was the AMUN’15 motto. It has been set because AMUN believes that the first and major Algerian resource is youth. AMUN promotes activism. AMUN promotes proactivity. It is always your choice whether to end your AMUN journey the moment AMUN’s conference is over or to keep the journey up; the journey to create an impact and make a change. Activism always wins. Always.
At the end, I'd like to invite you (yes, you), to take part in one of the biggest (if not the biggest) Model United Nations conference in the world that is going to take place in India this June 2016. Apply through: tgimunc.com/apply/