Dear MUN-Directors and Delegates,
On behalf of the secretariat of the first edition of the CFMUNESCO I feel honored and humbled to introduce you the main theme of the conference, that is of outmost importance and is completely versatile and adaptable to every different Committee: to Protect and Preserve.
We came up with this theme also because we want to centre our conference on the UNESCO Committe, that will be the largest. The importance that we want to give to it is connected to the town that will host our first MUN: Cividale del Friuli.
Cividale del Friuli, founded as a Roman municipium by Julius Caesar in 50 BC is a town in the foothills of the eastern Alps. Ever since it's always been an interesting and strategic location for the peoples that animated the european historical scene throughout the centuries. Celts, Romans, Franks, Byzantyne and Venetian made this place unique. However the population that makes this town important is the one of the Lombards.
The culture, rests, jewelry and ancient buildings that the Lombards left here are so rich of history and ancient charm that the city entered the UNESCO World Heritage List on June 25th, 2011. In addition to this, our school is part of the UNESCO schools on international scale.
One of the main goals of this branch of the UN is to ensure the protection and the preservation of natural and cultural heritage throughout our planet.
The world is decaying. Some people in the past didn't care much about its health, and instead of blaming them, we have to forget their greed and think that we, the brightest and youngest generation, can make a change. And if we don’t take action today, it is going to be too late tomorrow.
Resources were exploited, forests were felled, massacres were perpetrated, and climate change, air pollution, nuclear disasters and thousands of unresolved and ignored problems are still afflicting our planet. Thanks to us that planet can heal, and we would be its medicine, by preserving and protecting its natural heritage and resources.
Like our fathers did, it's our duty to protect nature and preserve the attestations that men left us throughout the centuries. Resources, lives, buildings and art works are things that we have to defend. We were given this earth with its treasures and beauty, and we must return to our sons the same wonderful planet.
Try to imagine a sea without fish, a forest without trees, a Paris without the Tour Eiffel, a Rome without the Coliseum. Try to imagine a blank future, a future without a past to admire. And try to imagine that all the efforts that we make today to create new things and preserve what we already have vanish besause of our laziness and selfishness. The next generations deserve all the best, and we don't have to commit mistakes that have been committed in the past. We have to put a milestone for our children, and we have to teach them the importance of a world full of history and variety. Nothing and nobody deserves to be forgotten.
Your Secretary General,