Amity MUN Conference: Igniting Tomorrow
02 February 2018
The seventh edition of the Amity International Model United Nations, AMIMUN ’18, was held from 19 to 21 January 2018, at Amity University, Noida, Uttar Pradesh. Following the MUN rubric, students assumed the role of diplomats representing various Member States of the United Nations and simulated various committees, agencies, specific organs, and programmes of the UN system. Through this process of debate and negotiations, delegates attempted to resolve regional and international problems in an engaging manner.
AMIMUN ’18 saw the simulation of eight committees in all, namely General Assembly IV – Special Political and Decolonization Committee (SPECPOL), United Nations Security Council (UNSC), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), World Trade Organisation (WTO), White House Situation Room, and NASA-SpaceX BILATERAL MEET.
Organised in collaboration with the UN Information Centre for India and Bhutan, the theme of the conference was “Ignition for Tomorrow”. The delegates at AMIMUN ’18 consisted of 395 students from institutions across India, as well as international students from the United Kingdom, Russia, China, Brazil, Egypt, Afghanistan, South Sudan, Nepal, and Mauritius.
The young minds were stimulated by the distinguished dignitaries at the inauguration and valedictory that saw participation from dignitaries including His Excellency Mr. Nadir Patel, High Commissioner for Canada to India, intellectuals such as Dr. Brahma Chellaney, former advisor to India’s National Security Council, and Mr. Derk Segaar, Director at UNIC New Delhi, who in his valedictory address briefed the students on AGENDA 2030, the SDGs and the catalytic role of incremental individual action in bringing about any change.
The three days of AMIMUN ’18 brought about productive discourse across the eight committees. The debates and discussions were fundamental to the learning experience of the delegates as they gained knowledge about global affairs and the importance of dialogue and negotiations. All in all, although AMIMUN ’18 was a model exercise, it provided the students a glimpse into the reality of international relations and the actual working of the United Nations. And like its theme, the MUN truly ignited tomorrow!