Sally Abou Melhem, firstname.lastname@example.org, Office of Communications
AUB’s Beirut Model United Nations (BEYMUN) student-run annual international conference received a Certificate of Recognition and Appreciation Award from the International Cultural and Environmental Organization (ICEO) for its achievements through the years.
Since its beginning in 2016, and as an official Model United Nations event, BEYMUN has introduced hundreds of students from AUB and beyond to the inner workings of the United Nations (UN), through simulating committee sessions held by UN entities to discuss pressing modern-day global issues, as well as teaching them about diplomacy and international relations.
AUB student Fadi Kanaan, secretary general of BEYMUN, received the award on behalf of the team, along with other young awardees, during a red-carpet gala dinner that took place on July 25, 2018 in Beirut. The certificate was offered by ICEO, an NGO based in the UK, whose mission is to provide means for established executives to inspire, empower, and support the young upcoming generation, and reveal their visions through international platforms, as well as to encourage and support hidden talents. ICEO also offers financial aid, awards scholarships, creates job opportunities, and raises awareness of young people’s work and ideas.
In his acceptance speech, Kanaan thanked ICEO for the acknowledgment: “Your recognition confirms your trust in us to lead the future in our nation and the world. You have entrusted us with such responsibilities, and now it is our duty to fulfill that trust.”
As one of the ICEO awardees, Kanaan was also selected, along with another Lebanese awardee, to represent Lebanon in the Middle East Mediterranean (MEM) summer summit 2018 in Lugano, Switzerland this August. The summit offers a ten-day program and a platform for young people from Mediterranean, European, North African, and Middle East countries to lay out a vision for their common future, based on dialogue and shared educational and cultural experiences.