Photo: Juvenal Balán

The construction of peace, social justice and sustainable development in the world was the focus of more than 200 university students who opened the 21st Model United Nations of Havana, HAVMUN 2016, which will continue through April 1, at the University of Havana (UH).

The protection of boys and girls in conflict zones, defense of cultural heritage and educational institutions, an end to the proliferation of guns, and a global strategy against terrorism were among the topics to be addressed in four commissions at the event, attended by youth from Cuba, Mexico, Ecuador, the Dominican Republic, the United States, and Russia.

Participating in the inaugural session were Jennifer Bello Martínez, member of Cuba’s Council of State and president of the Federation of University Students; Juan Carlos Imbert, Federation president at UH; Soraya Álvarez Núñez, director of the Cuban United Nations Association; Heidy Villuendas, Continental Organization of Latin American and Caribbean Students president; Laura Melo, representing the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization and interim coordinator of the UN Association, in addition to members of the diplomatic corps in Havana.