On Friday, 30 October, the International School of The Hague hosted its 25th annual International Model United Nations (MUNISH). Over 1200 students from 15 countries traveled to the International City of Peace and Justice to participate in this year’s event focused on the theme of “Good Governance and Cooperation”. Dr. Richard Ponzio, Head of the Global Governance Program at The Hague Institute for Global Justice, delivered the keynote address during the International Model UN’s opening ceremony.
Linking to the theme of “Good Governance and Cooperation”, Dr. Ponzio presented the findings and recommendations of the report the Commission on Global Security, Justice & Governance. In particular, he highlighted the Commission’s thinking in the areas of coping with violent conflict and state fragility, climate governance, and responding to both cyber-attacks and cross-border economic shocks.
Reflecting on how the first International Model UN of the International School of The Hague was convened in 1990 “at a time of great hope for international peace, justice, and cooperation”, Dr. Ponzio explained that “… the Commission’s forward-looking recommendations on global governance reform and democratization offer the next generation of leaders a roadmap for a revitalized and strengthened United Nations.”