Imagine three students in their twenties who gather in New York for the world’s largest Model United Nations conference. They came all the way from the Czech Republic, Ecuador, and Germany to lead discussions of student delegates on current global issues. Being both interested in international developments and genuinely worried by persistent global challenges—climate change, terrorism, uncontrollable migration flows, humanitarian and health emergencies, and many more—it does not take long until the three of them start discussing possible scenarios for the planet and the international community. In their eyes, the future does not seem bright. Nevertheless, during their discussions, they also come to an important conclusion: Despite their different backgrounds and the many hundreds of kilometres that separate them geographically, they agree on what needs to be done in order to tackle and overcome the aforementioned challenges humanity faces today. They also soon recognise that mere discussion about the problems would not be sufficient and that the present situation requires them to act.
This is how Momentum Novum came into existence.
We, Martina, Max, and Michael, believe that we now live in an age where substantial developments must happen if we want to continue living in the world as we know it. We also realise our great luck of living in an age with almost unlimited possibilities and opportunities. Self-driving cars, artificial intelligence, space tourism—who would have imagined these groundbreaking inventions twenty or thirty years ago? As we see it, the international community has the necessary knowhow and means to provide innovative and transformative solutions to our problems. What is lacking, however, is the effective and smart use of these solutions on a large scale. Therefore, we want to enable everyone to create a Momentum Novum (new momentum) for positive change.
We are ready to take the responsibility and make our contribution to sustainable development. Come and join us in our effort! Our planet and our future can no longer be put at risk. If we all commit to a more sustainable way of living and working, we can create a real momentum for change, build a better world for us and for future generations, and harness the economic, environmental, and social potential of the great challenges facing humanity.