22 October 2016- Chaguanas , Trinidad and Tobago. The Rotary Club of Central Port of Spain launched its 20th simulation of the Model United Nations General Assembly (GA), with a ceremony at the newly opened purpose built campus of the College of Science Technology and Applied Arts (COSTAATT). The event was attended by HE Ambassador of United Kingdom, Head of Mission to the EU, representatives of the United States Embassy and the National Commission of UNESCO. The major sponsors for the 2017 MUN include - Nestle Foods, Republic Bank, the US Embassy, Atlantic LNG, COSTAATT and others.
Senior COSTAATT official was pleased to announce that the new campus would be the venue for all training sessions leading up to the GA debate which will take place in Port of Spain in March 2017. During her address she encouraged youth to be better examples for public behaviour and expressed concern over the growing influence of crime and violence on youth in Trinidad and Tobago. Stephen Weeks from the US embassy encouraged the young adults there to be true to themselves and to represent the assigned member-states in a manner that reflected the culture and official opinion of the state , despite the fact that it may contradict their own personal beliefs on the issue.
In her message to the gathering , Lara Quentrall-Thomas, expressed her gratitude to the sponsors for their continued support for this worthwhile undertaking. She also took the time to thank the young leaders who gives selflessly of their time to ensure that delegates are prepared for GA simulations over the years; and was happy to announce that LGBTI rights would be the topic for debate, remarking that this discussion was long overdue for our region.