The NGO Leadership Development Association Albania has, for the first time, been represented at the Model United Nations in New York City. Earlier several months ago, the President of LDA Albania & Kosovo, Marilo Meta, a 25 year old, traveled to the United States to take part in the prestigious academic competition.
Speaking about his experience, Marilo stated, “Travelling to New York has always been one of my dreams. When I heard about the upcoming Model United Nations, I was determined to take part. I informed my organization LDA Albania to represent them in United Nations, New York, USA.
“It was better than I could have ever imagined. The international exposure not only opened my eyes to the world, but I found myself developing strong, positive characteristics such as patience, independence, and confidence. I had to speak in front of many individuals from all parts of the world, and was proud to introduce myself as the President of LDA Albania, representing my organization on an international stage.”
At the conference, which took place at United Nations Headquarters, participants learn about diplomacy, international relations, and are encouraged to utilize teamwork, critical thinking, public speaking and writing skills, in order to solve complex issues facing the international community.
“I was assigned ISRAEL and had to address the issue of Improving the coordination of efforts against trafficking in persons. Not only I became more informed of Israel efforts against trafficking in persons, also my eyes were opened to the fact that people all over the world face serious issues which affect their daily lives.”
Discussing his week in the U.S., Marilo claimed that the most enriching aspect was “meeting youngsters from all walks of life, interacting and exchanging ideas and speaking on behalf of one country while belonging to another. I now see the world from a different perspective and am so happy to have broadened my horizons and connect with like-minded individuals.”
Despite his science-based background, he pointed out, “People found it strange that I have finished the master of computer science, but these issues of social justice and world peace affect everyone. Fortunately, I have the opportunity to work within the field of diplomacy in terms of finding solutions to these issues with the international organization Leadership Development Association.”
It was not all work for Marilo however. “Of course, I still had time to see the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge, Empire State Building, One World Observatory, Times Square, and famous largest pizza slice “Benny Tudinos” in Hoboken, New Jersey. Unforgettable moments and experiences which I wish to happen to every young person in all around the world.