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Malta in the UN Security Council

Access and availability of clean drinking water are becoming more difficult by the day, and it is often said that the next world war will be over this precious resource. Malta takes the lead in finding solutions, for instance through desalination (the process of turning seawater into drinking water). Malta’s campaign for its elections to the UN Security Council in June this year, highlights the themes of Security, Sustainability and Solidarity. Water and access to it plays a fundamental role in all three priority themes.


On the 19th and 20th of May the Embassy of Malta in The Netherlands, Leiden University and The Young Diplomat are organising a panel discussion and simulation on this particular topic. On the 19th of May at 19.00 a panel discussion will take place with experts on the role of Malta in the UN Security Council and of desalination in climate change. On the 20th of May, 16 participants will have the opportunity to work in a UN Security Council simulation to see what kind of solutions Malta and the other UNSC members can find to the problems of drinking water. The simulation aims to produce a resolution on the management of clean drinking water and technologies for protecting and creating it. At the end of the afternoon, the result will be presented to the Maltese Ambassador followed by a drinks event at the embassy.


The Young Diplomat together with Leiden University and the Embassy of Malta in The Netherlands aim to make knowledge, skills training and networking accessible to those who wish to pursue a career in diplomacy.

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You will be challenged to gather theoretical insights in the field of water desalination and the role Malta will play in the UN Security Council.


Gain valuable skills through a proven combination of applying theoretical knowledge in high end simulations. During this event, you will develop skills for public speaking, speech writing, doing research for negotiation and reporting.


Build your international network through the Young Diplomat community and meet with diplomats from different disciplines. The Young Diplomat community offers you the opportunity to find new contacts within the field.



CEST (Amsterdam Time)

Thursday 19th of May 2022

19.00 - 21.00 

Online Panel discussion about the role of Malta in the UN Security Council and Water Desalination

H.E. Vanessa Vrazier (Permanent Representative of Malta to the UN), H.E. Professor Simone Borg (Ambassador for Climate Action), H.E. Karel van Oosterom (Ambassador to the United Kingdom and former Ambassador to the UN Security Council for The Netherlands) an Mr. Manuel Sapiano (CEO of the Energy and Water Agency) 



Friday 20th of May 2022

10.00 - 15.30

UN Security Council Simulation

16.00 - 17.00

Discussion with Hans van den Berg, MSc. (Erasmus University Rotterdam, Department of Public Administration & Sociology, President of The Young Diplomat) and H.E. Mark Pace (Ambassador to The Netherlands for Malta) about the outcome of the simulation.

17.00 - 19.00

Networking drinks



This summer school gave the perfect balance between theoretical learning and practise. It is both challenging and fun, in this way it keeps the focus on the most important aspect which is learning. If I could, I would attend every summer.

This summer school really brought me forward in my academic and professional career. The lectures and the simulation games did not only give me skills I need for that, but especially the motivation to pursue my dream of becoming a diplomat! If you are looking for insights from people of the diplomatic field, for better negotiations skills and for incredible inspiring participants from all over the world - I can only recommend The Young Diplomat Summer School!

I could feel the love for the discipline of diplomacy through my screen. Even though we couldn't see each other in real life in The Hague, the Young Diplomat team did  manage to give a good insight into and lessons from the world of diplomacy by sharing knowledge, skills and anecdotes from real-life by involving both practitioners and professors from the field. In doing so, it has brought me closer to reaching my goal for which I am thankful.

A magnificent experience. I found that its strong point is the opportunity that gives you to prove what you have learned through workshops and simulations. An approach that goes beyond the mere theory.

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This event is free of charge.

As a selected participant for the simulation: 

  • You have access and take part in the panel discussion.

  • Free lunch and drinks are arranged at the embassy during the simulation event.

  • You will be able to take part in this simulation at the Embassy of Malta in The Hague.

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Left with any burning questions? Feel free to contact us!

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