Young people from 11 countries have simulated a UN meeting in the General Assembly of Gernika.
The 17 objectives of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that United Nations’ General Assembly adopted in 2015 was one of the main topics discussed. Azurmendi restaurant is a clear example of awareness and contribution to its achievement and therefore was invited to participate in the event.
Almost 300 young people from different countries have met this weekend in the Biscay General Assembly to simulate a UN meeting within the framework of the first Model United Nations (MUN) conference in the Basque Country, promoted by Group COAS and Ayalde and Munabe schools.
Biscay’s General Assembly’ President, Ana Otadui, the Deputy Vice-principal of the United Nations in Spain, Tamara Zabala, and the Director of the Basque Know How Foundation, Lorea Uribarri open this meeting last Thursday, January 26.
Mrs. Uribarri was responsible for explaining what can be done at individual level to achieve a better world and improve people’s lives.
According to the Director of the Basque Know How Foundation, Azurmendi is a clear example. This restaurant has been committed and worked on sustainable development since it was open 11 years ago. Chef Eneko Atxa together to his uncle Gorka Izagirre, decided to construct a space in which the nature would be integrated in the building. The most advanced technology was incorporated to the facilities to make its operations sustainable.
At the end of the construction of the bioclimatic building (2012) more than 700 trees of local varieties were planted. Azurmendi is also committed to the suppliers and local producers with whom it shares knowledge. It also cooperates with a research centre to recover lost varieties of local vegetables.
The teachers accompanying the students visited the restaurant and its Gorka Izagirre winery.
After presenting Azurmendi´s example, the question that Lorea Uribarri cast to the ‘members’ of the assembly was key. ‘Why should we be proactive?’
‘Because sustainable development and peace are directly connected. Peace comes in egalitarian societies,’ said the director, adding that ‘the human being needs food and water to subsist, and to ensure access to both must stop global warming.’
In few words, she emphasized that we must go back to the origins: ‘We have not inherited the land from our ancestors but borrowed it from our children.’
For three days, nearly 300 young people have spoken about environment, education, food security, sustainable development, health, human rights, economy and security, among many other issues.
MUN is the English acronym for Model United Nations. Under this name they have been organizing for more than 50 years – the idea was born at Harvard University in the middle of the XX century – congresses in educational institutions, which are led by the students themselves.