Depleting ozone, melting icecaps, struggling refugees, starving children, warring nations, dying species, prospective disasters, and so on, an endless list of issues that humanity needs to deal with at a constant basis. The United Nations is where the leaders of the many people’s of the world who have a say in these matters debate and deliberate solutions to these problems.
The youth is who shall lift up the mantle from the incumbent leaders when their time comes ; giving them an inkling of what is to come is the IIT Guwahati Model United Nations. An MUN is a simulation of the proceedings at various organisations within the United Nations. Students from schools and colleges, participate as delegates of countries. During the conference, the delegates debate upon the agendas set for their respective committees or councils in adherence to the policies of the nations they represent. It can be thought of as a debate with enthusiasm taking things to the next level. Pretense of belonging to a nation other from the one they really belong to, gives young minds a chance to look at the world from a different perspective. By putting themselves in the shoes of people from other parts of the world, the youth gets a chance to know and appreciate the world’s extensively diverse population.
This annual exercise of contemplation and vocation happens in the first week of February, during the cultural extravaganza of Alcheringa, IIT Guwahati’s annual fest. While the campus is erupting with creative fervor, the conference halls bustle with intense debates, crushing rebuttals and awe inspiring ideas.
The Secretariat – evolving from the organising committee – develops and regulates the conference. It decides upon and announces the committees and the agendas that shall be discussed therein. Apart from UN organs, there is a possibility of simulating other institutions which involve significant amounts of debate – the Lok Sabha being one such example.
The upcoming edition comprises of three committees: the United Nations General Assembly, discussing the consequences of opening up of the Arctic to revolutionize sea routes and therefore global shipping; the Lok Sabha, deliberating on the Right to Privacy – its need, or lack thereof – as a fundamental right and the future than might ensue; and the Economic and Social Council, venturing into a discussion on the realization of the 2020 UN Sustainable Development Goals in an age propelling and to be propelled by Artificial Intelligence.
Being a forum for channeled expression of ideas of the youth, IITGMUN is a conference of the youth, for the youth, by the youth.
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- Sujal Harsh Ranjan
- Sangam Sharma
USG Delegate Affairs
- Vijayant Balhara
USG Social and Economic Affairs