“When the power of love overcomes the love for power, only then will the world know peace.”~Jimi Hendrix
Model United Nations, also known as Model UN, is an educational simulation and academic activity in which students can learn about diplomacy, international relations, and the United Nations. MUN involves and teaches participants research, speaking, debating, and writing skills, in addition to critical thinking, teamwork, and leadership abilities. It is meant to engage students and allow them to develop deeper understanding into current world issues. Participants in Model United Nations conferences, known as delegates, take on roles as diplomats, investigate international issues, debate, deliberate, consult and then arrive at solutions to world problems.
In order to provide students an intellectually stimulating environment, DebCON MUNC, in their first ever edition of DUSU-Delhi University Student Union supported and accredited by ABVP New Delhi, organised a two day conference on the 07th and 08th August 2021 on an online platform. Debates were held in the committees on various agendas where our participants Hanshika Jindal (UNHRC), Somraj Ghosh (UNCSW), Tivon Kataria (UNGA) of Grade IX and Utsav Saroha (UNGA) Grade VIII, gave their speeches and left a good mark in the conference.
Under the UNGA committee, Tivon Kataria representing as the Delegate of Latvia won the HIGH COMMENDATION AWARD and Somraj Ghosh representing as the Delegate of Sweden was acknowledged for his speech.
Feedback by our participants on their experience:
Tivon Kataria: On my first day of MUN I was quite nervous and anxious. Luckily the instructors and the other delegates helped me through this and I gained confidence and understanding of how and what to speak. On some occaisons I was not able to understand the terms mentioned and had doubts. But with the help of the prior training from school I was able to pull through with what I had prepared and learned. The next day I was quite confident as I knew a lot of the things by then. I knew what and where to search from and how to properly phrase my words. Not only did I manage to pull through, but also won the High Commendation Award. This has given me a lot of self confidence.This is an experience I will remember for the rest of my life .
Somraj Ghosh: It was an amazing experience at the MUN event. I am very glad to have participated in it. I learnt a lot from it it also helped me to gain confidence. In the future I will surely participate in further MUNs.
Utsav Saroha: Even before the competition commenced, I was feeling excited. On the first day, I was overwhelmed by all the research that had to be done. In our committee, about half of the delegates were first timers like me. I have to say, the teamwork that we did was brilliant. Everyone asked for your opinion and were all kind and humorous overall. However, all the research work like I mentioned before was a headache.
Nonetheless, on the second day I was feeling a lot more energetic. I would like to mention how respectful the chair and the whole of the executive board was. They didn’t make me feel left out and made me feel like I am not a first timer! All sessions went smoothly and there were no complaints.
I can’t explain in just one speech all the great things that an MUN has to offer, so I advise everyone to give MUN a try. I know you will not regret it later in life.
Hanshika Jindal: It was a really good experience I got to learn a lot more than I already knew. It was really good exposure for me and I enjoyed a lot, everything was amazing. Being a first timer I didn't feel even once that I was being left out. I look forward to participating in more such competitions.