Georgetown University (GU-Q) recently concluded a three day Model United Nations (MUN) conference at the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel in New Delhi, India.
This is the second India venture for GU-Q’s MUN program, where eight Doha students organized the diplomatic role-playing exercises for over 200 high school students from across India.
The MUN simulations recreated challenges encountered by the actual United Nations organization in response to current global issues. Participating high school students were also given the opportunity to learn about Georgetown’s degree programs and educational opportunities on its Education City campus.
Mohamad Khalil Harb, GU-Q Student Development Officer and MUN Coordinator, took part in the organization and months-long preparation for the conference. Commenting on the dedication of GU-Q students to this program, Harb, said, “The conference would not have been a success without our wonderfully capable Georgetown students! They chaired every committee perfectly and constantly assisted with staff-related work. This was a chance for GU-Q students to practice diplomacy in action abroad and they were incredible representatives of Georgetown.”
The New Delhi conference had six mock committees: the UN Human Rights Commission, the UN Economic and Social Committee, the UN General Assembly, the UN Security Council, the UN Advisory Panel on Freedom of Expression, and the UN Security Council. Topics discussed in these committees included Syrian Refugees, Issues Regarding Migrant Laborers, Gulf Politics, the Future of Renewable Energy, as well as the Changing Role of Media and Censorship.
The Opening Ceremony featured a keynote address by Dr. Brendan Hill, Associate Dean of Students at GU-Q. During his speech Dr Hill highlighted three historic cases in which diplomacy failed, resulting in horrific consequences: the Rwandan Genocide of 1994, the idea of creating separate Arab and Jewish states in Palestine in 1947, and the futile appeasement strategy toward Hitler in the lead-up to World War II.
The conference also featured a Diplomatic Reception in which the diplomatic community of New Delhi was invited to mingle with the high school students and share real-world skills and knowledge with aspiring young leaders. For the first time in India, the GU-Q MUN also included a Cultural Night Event, which gave participants the chance to showcase India’s cultural diversity and its varied traditions through dance, song and drama.
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