Brussels, July 17th 2012. 220 students from around the world arrived in Brussels for the first edition of Model NATO Youth Summit (MoNYS 2012), the largest simulation of NATO’s decision-making process in the world and the only one of its kind in Europe.
For one week, participants learn first-hand what it means to be a world leader working for NATO as they will fulfil the roles of NATO delegates and debate on topics of great significance for world politics. Participants will also have the privilege to meet senior diplomats and international figures, who accepted the organisers' invitation to attend many events that will take place throughout the week.
On Monday, 9th of July, the 220 students visited the headquarters of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, where they attended a keynote speech by NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen. Mr. Rasmussen addressed his young audience and shared his opinion on NATO’s future and on different topics on NATO’s current agenda, topics which MoNYS participants will debate during the program such as missile defence, partnerships, smart defence, operations and new threats and challenges. Following Mr. Rasmussen’s speech, participants met the Permanent Delegations of the NATO Member States that they will be representing during MoNYS simulation.
The first day of the Summit ended with the Opening Ceremony at the Royal Military Academy, with special guests HE Ambassador Sorin Ducaru, Romania’s Permanent Representative to the North Atlantic Council, Kolinda Grabar, Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy Division at NATO, Major-general Harry Vindevogel, Commander of the Royal Military Academy, Ms. Huytebroeck, Minister of Environment Bruxelles-Capitale, Adm. Jacques Rosiers, President of the Belgian Euro-Atlantic Association and MEP Elmar Brok, Chair of AFET Committee of the European Parliament.
MoNYS 2012 is organised with the support of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the main partner of the Summit, and other major institutions such as Ministère de la Région Bruxelles Capitale, the Atlantic Treaty Association, Université Libre de Bruxelles, STAR Alliance, Ibis Hotels and Cactus Audiovisuel. The event also benefits from the visibility and communication partnerships with the Atlantic Community, The German Marshall Fund of the United States, The European Geopolitical Forum, the Royal Military Academy, Bringing Europeans Together Association and Eyes on Europe.