“Emerging leaders need mentors to guide them, but they also need a network of peers to reassure them that they are not on the path alone”
Drawing delegates from schools around the world to address current global issues, Model United Nations has become a global academic phenomenon allowing students to hone their skills in diplomacy, negotiation, critical thinking, compromise, public speaking, writing, and research. Titled as ‘delegates’, students, with a label of the assigned country, debate on the pressing international issues, form alliances, and draft resolutions. This makes it necessary for the institutions to provide students an opportunity to discuss worldly issues at a defined level.
A well-defined parallel structure of Model United Nations (MUN), Vidyanatariksha Model United Nations (VIDMUN) was instituted at Manav Rachna International School (MRIS), Sector 46, Gurugram in the year 2018. It offers its delegates an unrivaled Model UN experience by simulating highly-personalized, engaging and dynamic committees. Providing an exceptional opportunity to young delegates to establish and develop their diplomatic skills, and further embellish their knowledge on policies and political background of nations, VIDMUN assures to inculcate relevant skills in students enabling them to come up with possible solutions to the key global issues. The overall framework reflects the contemporary issues and challenges faced by the various sections of the world today.
The Second Edition- VIDMUN 2019 held recently at the school premises received a resounding response with 596 delegates participating from schools across Delhi-NCR.
Young student delegates debated, discoursed and explored viable solutions for conflict resolutions in nine dynamic committees: United Nations General Assembly where students discussed potential Human Rights Infringements due to technological developments; United Nations Security Council; European Economic and Social Council; Canberra Space Summit 2019; World Health Organization; All India Opposition Party Meet; Joint Crisis Committee (Eastern Bloc vs. Western Bloc); Continuous Crisis Committee (National Security Council) and International Press.
VIDMUN 2019 saw heated debates as the committees picked up momentum, crisis-situations were thrown open and a few resolutions were reached. VIDMUN was an excellent opportunity for the inspired minds to bolster their self-confidence, leadership qualities, strengthen collaborative efforts and develop their oratory skills. In the simulated ambiance of the International work culture, the students were able to explore the varied belief systems which shall add to their holistic profile. The dedicated research work on topics including reforms in UNSC; Impact of Russian Counter-sanctions on European Countries; Implications of Emergence of the Private Sector on Outer Space Exploration; Roadmap post the 2019 general assembly elections; and the Berlin airlift among others brought in a fresh dimension of looking at situations and their solutions.
The school grounds come alive as the delegates participated in the much-awaited Socials. The highlights were a rocking performance by Backyard Schroomes, a boy band formed by the school alumni, followed by the DJ spinning some popular, foot-tapping numbers.
Declared open by Mr. Harshil Pahuja, Secretary-General- VIDMUN 2019, the inauguration ceremony of VIDMUN 2019 was graced by Retd. Ambassador Mr. R.P. Singh; Mr. Aleksey Shaposhnikov, Head of the Russian Centre of Science and Culture; Mr. Shivam Nagpal Founder-Organ for Life; Mr. Sanjeev Kumar Director and CEO of Kidzania India; Mr. Sunny Bansal Executive Director MRIS-46 and Ms. Dhriti Malhotra, Director Principal MRIS-46.
Ms. Dhriti Malhotra said, “Participation of around 600 delegates has made the second edition of VIDMUN highly successful. Through VIDMUN, our main aim is to equip our Gen X with the thought process to work towards the sustainable world through their responsible and thoughtful actions. We are treading our path with utmost dedication with the support of delegate schools backed by the hope to make it a global presence.”
Under the recently adopted United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, MRIS-46 came to action by reducing the use of single-use plastic wherein delegates were asked to carry their water bottles to the conference and deposit their ID cards at the end of the conference so that the lanyards and ID card pouches can be reused. Only recycled paper was used during the conference.