“It is a great pleasure to welcome you here to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the home of Italian diplomacy. The sight of so many young people interested in diplomacy and our surrounding world is very heartening”. The Foreign Minister, Angelino Alfano used these words to address three hundred and fifty young people from sixty different countries at the opening ceremony of the “Change the World Model United Nations” (CWMUN). Organised by the Associazione Diplomatici, this forum enables students from secondary schools and Universities from all over the world to simulate the actual negotiating procedures of United Nations bodies.
“Dreams should be pursued with enthusiasm, a sense of curiosity, and a strong desire to act. However, this motivation has to be combined with the responsibility of doing good and therefore of changing things for the better.” The Minister added: “In addition to the institutional responsibility of the State and of every organisation, including international ones, there is always great individual and personal responsibility.”