This week in Venice took place IMUN, a project where students are expected to debate about the problems around the world and try to find solutions to them.

There were 3 commissions: WFP ( World Food Programme), IOM (International organisation for migration) and CSTD (Commission on Science and Technology for development).

CSTD has been established in 1992, and its main goals are: the examination of science and technology questions and their implications for development, the advancement of understanding on science and technology policies especially in developing countries, and the formulation of recommendations and guidelines on science and technology matters within the United Nations system.

Delegates discussed about several subtopics, for example the importance of science and technology or the need for easier access to online science. During the last few years, the international community witnessed a technological expansion improving the interconnections worldwide and making smartphones irreplaceable in the field of business.

Another subtopic that was discussed was the importance of ICTs, as to say the acronym of Information communication technologies for people with disabilities, that was recognized to be able to completely change the life of people with disabilities.

Another topic delegates talked about was the developing skills in children learning STEAM subjects; they can help kids develop analytical thinking, and new technologies are transforming the way kids approach learning in schools.

For a lot of delegates this was the first IMUN, so at the beginning some of them were a bit shy, but then, they started to talk without being scared of saying their opinion.

There were very different opinions; some of them said that technology is a positive thing, something from you can learn a lot about, while others believed that technology was not so positive, especially for teenagers.

They started to discuss about the general topic, listing and debating on both advantages and disadvantages of the development of the technology around the world.

Throughout the three days of simulation, the delegates also touched the topic of gender pay gap, the average of difference between men and women. Women often are less paid than men, and this organisation sustains the equal rights.

On the second day the delegates kept on discussing about technology and they found solutions to make it a positive thing for education and also for work.

Indeed, they started creating alliances between them and in big groups they started cooperating and drafting the final and official document of the United Nations: the resolutions. At the end of the day, they confronted with the other group, trying to understand the common grounds they could work on.

 Everyone participated at the discussion, each and every one in its own, unique way.

 On the third day delegates had to present their resolutions and went more in depth, working on their Question & Answer sessions and making amendments.

In the real spirit of the United Nations, both resolution passed. Each delegate had a lot of fun and were deeply touched by this new experience, that probably will not be their last one.

                                                                                                          Margherita Gasparotti