“The world is now facing a lot of problems that cannot be fixed, unless we fight of it together.”These were the remarks made by Broderick Mervyn, Head Youth Delegate forFiji at the Global Goals Model United NationsMeeting held in Malaysia this year with the theme “Let’s Realise 17 Global Goals For A Brighter World”Mervyn also added that as youths, we cannot lean back and assume that we have all the knowledge and insight we need but on the contrary, it is vital to invest in research and knowledge that can inform policy development and decision –making.
The Global Goals Model United Nations provided a platform for young future diplomats to encourage themselves in understanding global issues and its policies. The event also provided Model United Nations parliamentary based forums with topics related to the 17 Global Goals set by the United Nations to encourage delegates to understand each point of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to share ideas among delegates, to network and to improve delegates’ communication as well as diplomatic skills.
Four Fijian youths were fortunate to be among the 2,750 youth delegates from around the World. Monisha Naidu, one of the delegates in attendance from Fiji was given SDG 4 –Quality Education. She stated that Fijian universities and research institutions must develop new knowledge in the many areas that are relevant in this context –not only for Fijian policy development, but also for all the various actors that are joining forces to achieve the SDGs.