16 th Indian Model United Nations
Indian Model United Nations like any other Model United Nations is a conference format platform that aims to initiate the procedures of the United Nations in which students participate as delegates in various UN committees. Benjamin Odame - the student of program "Political Analysis and Public Policy" shares his experience of participating this conference.
“The quality of a man's life is in direct proportion to his commitment to excellence, regardless of his chosen field of endeavor”.. Vince Lombardi Jr.
Being a great aficionado of the above quote, it dawned on me as a wakeup call to duty to respond to the responsibilities the youth of tomorrow have to embark on to fulfil and benefit from the our generational needs. Checking my mails each hours with countless unread messages was normal and usual daily practice until I read the dream come true email from Utkarsh Marwah, chief organizer of the 16th Indian Model United Nations. Not only I was excited of participating in the next young generational thinkers meeting and deliberation on critical issues of global importance than visiting the birth place of long held admirer and human right movement activist, Mahatma Gandhi of blessed memories. The lovely and cheerful faces of Indians are something one cannot hide or ignore from Patiala, Chandigarh, Agra through to Delhi. It was interesting to wake up each day for both educative and sight-seeing moment to see how the world’s second most populated country go about their daily activities in a harmonious and lovely manner.
Researching and formulating political and economic positions based on the delegates given country and committee of representation and articulating your points, and lobbying your way through the resolution stages is exceedingly enough for all participants to cultivate excellent communication and decision making skills by mastering the power of compromise, consensus and cooperation. The Indian Model United Nations was not only hosted in a country that has produced one of the world’s greatest civil right activist of all time “Mahatma Gandhi” for reputation purpose but also enough to give hope, inspiration and sense of positivism about Tomorrowland for the new and next generation yet to come.
In today’s complex world of uncertainty and violence being the order of the day, where nations and its citizens are faced with enormous challenges such as terrorism, unemployment, hunger, human trafficking, cyberwarfare and so forth. It was inevitable for such a great and historic gathering be held without my participation in this year’s program. It was astonishing to see the active and aggressive nature of all young leaders that represented the various United Nations Committees were prepared for the challenge of life ahead. The theme of the INMUN Conference 2016 was “Tomorrowland” which rightly exhorts you to realize each individual’s true potential and develop leadership skills required to become the leaders of tomorrow thus doing ones best today in full preparation for tomorrow.
As a master of Political Analysis and Public Policy student, one may say it is a normal phenomenon to partake in any academic discourse or discussion that involves policy formulation, analysis and implementation. However, putting all the theoretical knowledge into practical real life situations and proposing real life and pragmatics solutions for them was not only challenging but enough to bring out what my well vexed professors at HSE have made me become. Though this was my first Model United Nations conference, my contribution, submissions and lobbying skills proofed beyond doubt that Public Policy Department at Higher School of Economics does not only produce book-centered graduates but scholars ever ready to face the challenges of this century and beyond.
The Eleven days conference and sight-seeing was organized by Indian Model United Nations and hosted by Ryan International Schools, one of the greatest private educational Institutions in India. With participants from across the globe including but not limited to Ghana, Ethiopia, Germany, Albania, Afghanistan, Finland, Dubai, Czec Republic, Mauritius among others.
I was selected as a delegate to represent one of Africa’s industrious and fastest growing economies, South Africa on the Economics and Social Council (ECOSOC). There was two main agendum for discussion and resolution passing were:
1. “Intellectual Property Rights in the field of biotechnology and medicine”; Under this agenda we made research submission on profitability and affordability taking critical consideration on the problems that are face by the poor due to intellectual property rights on medicine and biotechnology.
2. The second and a world challenge dilemma however was, “Creation of an environment for enhancing job growth in developing economies; towards a prosperous future”. This topic consumed large proportion of our deliberations because with the advent of globalization where there has been unmeasurable flow of goods, services and ideas. However critically analyzing the issues on the micro and macro level in an economics perspective unveils diverging views widening or closing the gap between the rich (developed) and ”poor” (developing) countries.
In summary, the conference and activities preceding the commencement of the Model United Nations is now a scare on my mind that I will be penning down as a book for my family and friends to have a feel of it in a virtual scene. Thanks to my supervisor, head of department at HSE for granting my permission to be a representative from Higher School of Economics for the programme.
Long live Model United Nations
Long live Ryan International Schools
Long live Higher School of Economics
Long live Public Policy Department and its great professors
Certificate of completion (PDF, 361 Кб)