India’s Biggest three day International High School Model UN “Amity International Model United Nations (AIMUN) Conference organized by Amity International Schools in support with UNESCO and UN Information Centre for India and Bhutan from November 19 - 21, 2010 concluded at Amity University Campus, Sector-125, Noida.
Over 500 high school students from over 52 Schools of India and 6 International Schools located in Denmark, Germany, Hungary, South Korea, Mauritius, Maldives and India participated in AIMUN, simulating the proceedings of Security Council, Crisis Committee, General Assembly, HRC, ECOSOC and UNESCO.
The valediction ceremony was graced by the Chief Guest Dr P B Sharma- Vice Chancellor, Delhi Technical University, Dr. Ashok K Chauhan- Founder President, Amity Group, Dr. (Mrs.) Amita Chauhan- Chairperson, Amity International Schools, Maj. Gen K J Singh- Vice Chancellor, Amity University, Uttar Pradesh and Ms. Jyoti Arora-Head, AIMUN 2010 and Amity Educational Resource Centre, Amity Group of Schools
According a warm welcome to the guests and delegates, Ms. Mohina Dar- Sr. Consultant, Amity International Schools presented a bird’s eye view of the three day Conference and highlighted how during the various sessions of the conference youth leaders of tomorrow from all over the globe, donning the mantle of the ambassadors of various countries, put their heads together trying to evolve the solutions to the grave problems faced by International Community.
Speaking during the occasion, Dr P B Sharma- Vice Chancellor, Delhi Technical University commended Amity for taking such a great initiative, providing youth across the globe a platform to discuss and identify solutions to the issues haunting the International Community in order to carve a better world for the coming generations. Outlining the challenges faced by today’s youth, Dr. Sharma said that everybody wants to live in a prosperous nation but prosperity, definitely, is not a condition for a happy nation. Today’s youth have to ensure fair prosperity to every citizen of the globe, which will lead to happiness in plenty, they have to respect life and opinions of others, they have to value culture and traditions and they need to have an unconditional and non-negotiable commitment to truth and realities of life. MUN gives students a golden opportunity to inculcate all these virtues, foster in them a caring concern for other people and their countries.
Dr. Ashok K Chauhan- Founder President, Amity Group congratulated all the National and International delegates who participated in the Conference and motivated them to make the most out of the learning of the Conference. He averred that it has always been an endeavor at Amity Schools to churn out responsible and global citizens and AIMUN is one of the initiatives to fulfill this endeavor.
During the ceremony, the outstanding delegates in each committee were honored with “Best Delegate and High Commendation Award”, the delegates who submitted the Best Paper in their respective committee prior to the conference were given “Best Position Paper Award” and the delegations which excelled in all areas were given “Best Delegation Awards”.
Amity International School, Saket representing China, DPS, R K Puram representing USA, DAV, Gurgaon representing Pakistan, DPS, Noida representing Russia and G D Goenka Public School, Vasant Kunj representing JAPAN during AIMUN 2010 were honored with “ Best Delegation Awards”
Also present during the valediction were Dr. Malti Goel- Advisor, Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, Dr. Ishwaran- Head of Chemistry Department, St. Stephens’ College, Dr. S K Srivastava- Ex HOD of Chemistry Department, IIT Roorkee, Ms. Pooja Chauhan- Vice Chairperson, Amity Humanity Foundation and Senior Directors , Principals and Officials of Amity Group
Adam Geiszt, one of the student delegate from Hungary representing Germany, discussed and deliberated upon the Global Financial Crisis in ECOSOC and suggested that there should be better monitoring of Banking and Crediting systems across the world and Developing and Least Developing countries should be provided with ample opportunities to participate in world trade processes and thereby, strengthen their economy. Talking about Model United Nation (MUN), he expressed that events like MUNs are very beneficial for the students worldwide, giving them vast exposure to the culture, traditions, policies, and problems of a country, they are expected to use a plethora of skils in order to represent a country such as presentation skils, communication skils , research, policy analysis, active listening. The overall experience of MUN is very informative.
Dana Elisabeth Stewart from Denmark representing France in Human Resource Council presented her views on “ Human Trafficking” , “ Rights of Prostitutes” and “ Rights of Detainees” in Human Rights Council. Dana, who does not agree with France in many aspects , did in- depth study of France through Internet and familiarized herself thoroughly with the problems faced by France. Some of the measures suggested by Dana to fight the problem of prostitution across the world included “ Empowerment of Prostitutes through Education”, “ Providing them respected sources of livelihood” and “Making them aware of their rights and the procedures to get justice if their rights are infringed upon”
The Model United Nations (MUN) is an academic simulation of the United Nations that aims to educate participants about civics, current global and local events and multilateral diplomacy. In MUN, students research a country, take on the roles of diplomats, remake the work of the General Assembly Committees, investigate international issues, debate, deliberate, consult, and then develop solutions to world problems. Thus, AIMUN attempts to fulfill the aims and goals set by the founders of the United Nations in the Preamble to the Charter of the United Nations: "To practice tolerance and live together in peace with one another as good neighbors."
Various International issues that were discussed during three day Conference included “Situation in Afghanistan-Pakistan” and “Peacekeeping Challenges” in Security Council, “Climate Change and Sustainable Development” and “Safe Disposal of Nuclear Waste” in General Assembly, “Global Financial Crisis” and “Reduction of Poverty” in ECOSOC, “Rights of Prisoners and Detainees” and “Human Trafficking” in Human Rights Council, “HIV and AIDS” and “Return of Cultural Artifacts to Countries of Origin” in UNESCO
The Indian schools which participated in the Conference included APJ, Jalandhar representing Syria and Niger, British Co- Ed High School, Patiala representing Mangolia, Ukraine, Nicaragua, APL Global School , Chennai representing Peru and Slovakia, Indus International School, Bangalore representing Canada, Vidya Niketan School, Bangalore
representing Mexico ,Oakridge International School, Hyderabad representing Vietnam, UAE and Romania, Army Public School, Noida representing Israel, DPS, Dwarka representing Norway, DPS, Ghaziabad representing Brazil, all Amity International schools located in Gurgaon, Sector- 43 and 46, Noida, Saket, Pushp Vihar, Mayur Vihar and Vasundhra etc.