'United Nations' at Indian High
The Model United Nations (MUN) conference at The Indian High School, was spread over four days, 10th to the 12th and then the 15th of September. MUN aimed to simulate the meeting of the United Nations.
This was the first year that it was held at IHS. The event was a coordinated effort of the student of IHS, most notably Rudra Pradhan, Ojas Jain, Trupti Purohit and Prachi Goyal.
In this programme, students represent different country-delegates. These delegations then take part in various bodies of the UN, including the General Assembly, the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the Security Council.
MUN is a first of its kind initiative in Indian High School, organised completely by the students. Detailing about MUN, Rudra Pradhan, Deputy Secretary General and Head of the Organising Committee, IHSMUN 2012, said,, "Firstly, one turns into the ambassador of his/her country and the feeling and atmosphere is that of a UN session, where facts and figures and negotiations speak for themselves."
Showing the zeal and enthusiasm, Pradhan continues, "Secondly, it is an attempt to renew ties (though we had a brief yet tense situation where few countries would have gone to war) barring such moments most of the countries look to use these sessions and its caucuses to engage in talks and come up with some solid and comprehensive resolutions and also explain it to the members and get some result. For example, the Security Council passed its only resolution with 14 in a favour to nil against on what happened to be a very comprehensive resolution."
The event had much in store for the students; it was a platform for them to speak their minds, commenting on the same Pradhan mentioned, "Thirdly, it's being heard, irrespective of who you are. Another example would be North Korea, a country, which has absolutely no say in the world actually did some commendable work and passed another very comprehensive resolution in the ECOSOC and also supported the final resolution of the General Assembly and also promised to look into its nuclear programme and IAEA inspections. Fourthly, it's helping and getting help, another example would be North Korea's request to the developed nations to pledge funds to sustainable development practices in developing and under developed nations which actually was passed and funds pledged."
The chosen topic for the General Assembly this year was 'Nuclear Proliferation'. On the first day all countries took part in the General Assembly where they debated on the given topic. On the second and fourth day, some countries came up with drafts of resolutions which would help solve the problems related to the topic. On the third day, a few delegates took part in the Security Council and debated for a solution for the invasion of American troops and in the Ecosoc all the other delegations worked two resolutions for sustainable development.
When asked about the topic, Rudra said, "Nuclear proliferation is the spreading of nuclear weaponry and fissile material. We chose this topic, given that the ECOSOC was debating on Sustainable development which does involve nuclear energy development, we thought giving the General Assembly nuclear proliferation with specific reference to Iran and North Korea will see some interesting policies come up and also constructive debate. Another reason why we chose that is because of the fact that it is a major concern for the Disarmament Committee of the General Assembly and also finding out new solutions to problems, one of the objectives of MUN was met."
On representing a country, Vishal Keshwani, a delegate of Philippines stated, "It was fun, because doing the extensive research, I got to know more about Philippines, its policies, and how it's interrelated with other countries."
About the event, Sarah Gallyot, a delegate from Iran, commented, "This being my first MUN, I was filled with anticipation of the outcome. I was really afraid in the beginning as my country was considered as the 'axis of evil'. But later I enjoyed it a lot as many delegates supported my countries for the cause." Aakash Ravichandran, a delegate from Cuba, said, "It was, in my opinion, up to the mark for nearly each country that was represented in this year's MUN. Cuba, despite being rather unrelated to the topic at hand, was given ample time to present its views. Furthermore, as the delegation from Cuba, we were treated equally among all other delegations as well, and such a characteristic in the Model United Nations is indeed admirable."
"How successful was it?" questioned Rudra, "Well, we initially planned for 50 countries and only the Disarmament and International Security Committee of the General Assembly but the total number shot up to 60 countries (240 students, 40 more than planned) and 3 committees! So all in all it was a successful event, all thanks to the entire organising committee and also everyone who supported and guided us throughout the entire process. After attending your first MUN conference, you really want to attend another one."
After the successful MUN at IHS, it was time for Dhirubhai Ambani International Model United Nations (DAIMUN), was just like that. With the organisers of MUN at IHS represented Korea at DAIMUN. Nikhil Joseph, the IHS representative of North Korea, mentioned that, "We represented North Korea at DAIMUN at the Special Conference on World Democracy was noted and mentioned by the President of the Conference in his closing speech. So I guess DAIMUN was the beginning of MUN'ing in our school."
-Reported by Arvindmani Satyanarayan, also a participant at MUN in IHS