Students of Lalaji Memorial Omega International School conducted their very first Model United Nations for the students of grade VIII to XI of Cambridge Stream and IB on the 23rd & 24th of November 2017. Model United Nations is an effective instrument in learning various life skills needed to be an informed and responsible world citizen. These skills include debating, public speaking, negotiation, diplomacy, discussion, research and analysis. MUNs also help in providing exposure to the workings of the UN and the world issues and the policies of a country and helps in devising solutions for various problems.
On the opening day, the dignitaries and student delegates representing 80 countries arrived. The organising committee involving the chairs, Hyungun Jang, Ved Kaushal of the Human Rights Committee, Rahul Sanku and Siddhant Nair of the General Assembly, Kaustav Mehta heading the International Press and Saradha Bandaru were introduced. The delegates were then segregated into their committees to commence debates of the Model United Nations.
There were two committees, Human rights and the General assembly. In the G.A committee, the chairperson began to brief the students about the specifics of the MUN. The voting took place, the delegate of USA stated present and voting while Japan stated present, and it went on till 36 countries had chosen their stance. The delegate of China suggested a motion to set the agenda as Cyber Warfare which was passed, and eventually all the countries took their stance on the topic until Delegate of Qatar and Kuwait suggested to suspend the formal session: unmoderated caucus had begun. The delegates were seen wittingly going around and forming alliances with fellow delegates in due course of learning, understanding issues from different angles which fine tuned their diplomatic skills. To sum it all up, the committees passed 5 motions out of which 2 failed, they held 2 Moderated Caucus and 3 Unmoderated Caucus. Also, the delegates were seen forming the working paper for the resolution at the end of the day.
On the other hand, the Human rights committee began with the general speaker list starting with the delegate of Afghanistan. The delegate of Bahamas was the last to have spoken after which the motion was passed to move the committee to an Unmoderated Caucus. After which all the subsequent moderated caucuses on the causes of human trafficking had failed. Consequently, the Chairs were motivated to move to the general speakers list. During which a motion by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, moved to the Moderated Caucus on black market involvement in human trafficking. The motion had passed. At the end of the day, the Human Rights committee had 10 motions out of which 8 had passed.
On the second day, the most important activity of the MUN – formulation of draft resolutions was undertaken. The day had fewer hours for MUN proceedings than the previous day and consequently was more hectic.
After the break, the most interesting of all sessions of MUN, the CRISIS situation had been created by Chairs to which the delegates responded very enthusiastically. As the updates kept coming, students appropriately countered the challenges with measures exhibiting their decision making skills.
The MUN gave the students a feel of what it takes to be a representative of a nation.