From left to right: John Nickell, Lydia Trotter, Melanie Martini-Mareel, Azis Nurwahyudi and Evan Noorsaid

Padjadjaran Model United Nations (PadMUN) 2019 finally today (07/04) in Gedung Sate, Bandung. The opening ceremony was opened by welcoming remarks from the Secretary General of Padjadjaran MUN 2019 Equilibrium Tampubolon and the Head of The International Relations Study Program Universitas Padjadjaran Dadan Suryadipura, S.IP, M.IPol.


It was then followed by the remarks from Head of the Government and Cooperation Bureau and of West Java Dr. Dani Ramdan, M.T. and the Director of Public Information Center United Nations Information Center Indonesia (UNIC) Francyne Harrigan.


During the ceremony, all delegates, jounalists and speakers were entertained by the performance of Arcazio and Rhineka Sunda.


One remarkable agenda of the opening ceremony was a seminar “Public Diplomacy: Stepping into the Next Generation”. The speakers were coming from experienced diplomats: John Nickell (Head of Media and Communications, British Embassy Jakarta), Lydia Trotter (First Secretary of Public Diplomacy, The Embassy of Australia to Indonesia), Azis Nurwahyudi (Director of Public Diplomacy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia), and Melanie Martini-Mareel (Director of Institut Français Indonesia or IFI Bandung).

Nurwahyudi highlighted the significance of technology, inovation and global issues in affecting the practice sponsored by the government to influence the public in other countries.


“The world can’t be changed without the involvement of the youths,” he said while pointing out that the younger generations have the ability to make a positive changes to the world.


Another exciting agenda followed right after the seminar ended, “Meet the Diplomats”, in which all delegates could have direct conversation while having lunch together in the same table with the diplomats. (NewsArt/Zulma Nur Sabrina)

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