Neemat Frem, President and CEO of INDEVCO Group, addressed delegates at the closing ceremony of the Global Classrooms International (GCI) High School Model United Nations (MUN) Conference in New York on May 13, 2017.
Through this program, students take on roles as ambassadors from different countries to debate pressing global issues, after undergoing extensive knowledge and skills-based training. Students learn techniques of conflict resolution, coalition building, negotiation, and debate, as well as UN procedures and rules.
In his speech, Frem, who heads a Lebanon-based multinational manufacturing group, highlighted the paradox of the “same” Middle East, where chaos and inhumanity exist alongside successful industrial growth and expansion.
After discussing the evolution of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Frem entrusted delegates with the quest to build a new civilization that focuses on human vocation. He urged them to succeed in developing ‘A Universal Declaration of Human Purpose’. Read the speech here.
GCI Model UN Program
Lebanese American University (LAU) took over the prestigious GCI Conference in New York in 2016. To date, 48,000 middle and high school students from 28 countries have participated in the program. LAU has operated the flagship education program in Lebanon since 2005, in partnership with the United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA).
As a diversified manufacturing group, INDEVCO produces paper, corrugated, and plastic raw materials and packaging and jumbo tissue rolls for a range of sectors, as well as personal care hygiene, household and away-from-home (AFH) disposables.
INDEVCO heavily fosters industry-university relations as a social responsibility objective. At the institutional level, group executives serve on university boards of trustees and advisory committees. The company sponsors university facilities, equipment, as well as such programs as the Lebanese Industrial Achievements Program.
Through student-focused initiatives, INDEVCO hosts an expansive internship program, engages graduate students on research projects, and supports a Rural Transport Program that buses students from remote villages to higher education institutions. In addition, INDEVCO companies annually sponsor LibanPack’s StarPack Student Packaging Design Competition.