Once you set your mind to something, if you really truly want it, you’ll go through heaven or hell to get to it. It doesn’t matter how old you are or if you’re in school or university, your age is not your limitation. In any case, it is your greatest strength. Don’t believe us? Have you ever met an adult who can match the fevered dedication in the eyes of a young child? Who can equal the determination of a fierce teenager?

We, the youth, complain about the world, about the state of affairs, about how the adults are handling the world’s problems, but the truth is, the future is not their world. It is ours. And we’re not doing enough. We are the ones that will deal with consequences of the action or inaction today. We are the inheritors of what exists today. What’s wrong eventually will snowball into our future’s demise if we don’t do something about it. If that’s not motivation enough, well we’re running out of ideas. If you want something done, you have to step up. Stop waiting for someone else to start the journey. Stop sitting and waiting and thinking, “this is bad”,” why isn’t anyone doing anything?” Well, why aren’t you? You can’t build Rome in a day and just like that you can’t change the world in one go.

This year, Sri Lanka Model United Nations 2019, wants to rouse the inner warrior in you. Conference will focus on the concepts of Youth Activism and Volunteerism, including the strength of the youth and what we can do; Discrimination, climate change, inequality, poverty, racism, and the list goes on. There are many topics available based off the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, it’s just a matter of what interests you, what drives you forward and what lights a fire in your soul. It is the creativity, the hope, the endless ambition and daring of the youth that can make a difference tomorrow.

Malala Yousafzai, Emma Watson, Greta Thunberg , Kelvin Doe … We all know these names now. But once they were just kids that believed in something and didn’t give up until their voice was heard. They set their hearts and minds on something and poured their souls into it, even if everyone around them didn’t quite agree on what they had to say. SLMUN 2019 hopes to start the same fires within our delegates for the issues they care about.

But you don’t have to become famous to make a change. There are thousands of people who work without recognition or support, who struggle to help others, to make this world a little more bearable. And they are true heroes for their effort. You don’t have to save the entire world. Even if you only help one person in your entire life, if you can save one person in the entirety that you live, that’s a beautiful, powerful existence. It could be your neighbour, your society, your district or even your nation, but you can make a difference for the better in some way. . Even through participating in debate at SLMUN you are taking part in a massive movement of integrating the youth in bringing about the much needed change today.

This is our world now. We are the future. Think beyond 2050. Why not 2090? What kind of world do you want to show your great grand-children? What kind of world do you want to leave as your legacy? Take that one step towards it. Even if it’s the smallest change, the tiniest of baby steps, that’s still progress. You can’t change the world by staying still. And you most definitely don’t make a difference by doing nothing at all.