Ionian University's United Nations Society
The United Nations(UN) is an intergovernmental organization to promote international co-operation. A replacement for the ineffective League of Nations, the organization was established on 24 October 1945 following the Second World War to prevent another such conflict. At its founding, the UN had 51 member states; there are now 193. Its objectives include maintaining international peace and security, promoting human rights, fostering social and economic development, protecting the environment, and providing humanitarian aid in cases of famine, natural disaster, and armed conflict. The organization won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001, and a number of its officers and agencies have also been awarded the prize.
All the above, help us reach the conclusion that the United Nations is an organisation of utter importance that affects the international geopolitics. A such organisation is surely worthy of study and discussion amongst the members of the academic society, whether these are on their Bachelors, Masters or PhD diploma. It contains bodies of all interests –of humanitarian, natural and social sciences- that can attract students of all the faculties of our university.
A United Nations Society will familiarise students with the United Nations as an international organisation, but also have them analyse its committees, topics and action. It shall put them in a position to simulate its council and assembly works as
well as understand its regulations and terms of diplomatic courtesy. Speaking of which, the United Nations Society will increase the diplomatic and debating skills of students, who will be called to examine, study, discuss and criticise issues of international importance. In that spirit, the participants of the society will also be called to participate once or more times per year at Model of the United Nations conferences organised all around the globe.
The UN Society engages in an authentic simulation of the United Nations system by learning about the UN system, the skills of debate, compromise, conflict resolution and negotiation. UN Society members have fun learning about the workings of world diplomacy through the lens of current events. It also cultivates critical thinking and interest for geopolitics, human rights, economics, environmental issues and so on.