Virtual General Assembly
Virtual General Assembly President
Honorable delegates, chairs, advisors, and esteemed guests,
My name is Matthew Ahn, a junior at Gyeonggi Suwon International School (GSIS). It is my utmost pleasure to serve you as Head Chair of the Disarmament Council (DC).
One of the great challenges for the United Nations is that diplomacy works slowly in a world where we are used to instant gratification. With the advent of a new decade, our world is presented with unprecedented challenges. The COVID-19 pandemic has shaken the core of human resiliency and reorienting the lives of the many, it’s times like this that we need global solidarity. This can only be accomplished if we learn to embrace our differences and build an understanding of each other.
My journey to where I am at right now was not a coincidence, rather it was an accumulation of small moments that were built on understanding and opportunities that I was fortunate enough to be encompassed by. Through my visit to China to serve a local village that was in desperate need of necessities, I have seen the implications of poverty and the struggles in which families have to cope with on a day to day basis. Through the volunteering activity, my dad and I conduct once every two weeks, I have seen the struggle people go through to accomplish basic tasks because of health issues that prevent them. Through my conversations, I had with students during my visit to North Korea I was able to get a better understanding of the culture they were encompassed in. Through the opportunity in which I had to sit down one on one with the former president of South Korea Roh Moo-hyun, I got the chance to understand the difficulties in applying for such a position. Through the recent discussion I shared with the Egyptian ambassador to South Korea, I had the chance to get a larger perspective of the conflict occurring in the middle east. Through the different forums and prominent professors, I got to meet like Georgetown professor Sam Potolicchio, I was educated on the importance of diplomacy and international relations. Through it all, it has not only strengthened my consciousness as a civic member of my community, but it has also inspired me to advocate for certain causes like education.
Amid great uncertainty, we are faced with unprecedented challenges that challenge the ingenuity of mankind. But it is times like this that unprecedented results require unprecedented methods, and I am firm in my belief that delegates will approach issues with compassion and