Model United Nations provides school students with the opportunity to simulate UN conferences and get first-hand experience of international affairs. From 15 to 18 August 2019, a delegation of fifteen members from Pathways School Gurgaon attended the Harvard Model United Nations (HMUN) conference, in Hyderabad. HMUN is one of the largest and reputed MUN conferences conducted across Asia and the most prestigious in the country. It was the third time the PSG attended this illustrious model UN conference, which provided a platform to debate and discuss on pertinent world issues and to reach a conclusion via fair and equitable problem solving.
Despite having visited Hyderabad International Convention Centre thrice, the delegation from Middle Years Program and Diploma Program were as awestruck upon entering as they were when they had visited the first time. As they walked through the halls, resonating with the excitement of 1500 delegates, the team found with ease the directions to committee rooms as if it was part of their muscle memory.
HMUN began with registration and an introduction to MUN rules of procedure and over the next two days morphed into several intense committee sessions, where delegates were expected to represent their country to the best of their abilities and contribute to passing resolution in their committees. It involved extensive research and lobbying both in an out of committees, as well as thinking on the spot to get out of labyrinthine crisis situations.
Lobbying day in and day out, raising a placard speech after speech, in hope of getting recognized, hurriedly searching for that one piece of information to supplant the opponent’s argument, the incessant banging of the Chair’s gavel might sound like a stressful experience but it’s a part and parcel of the HMUN experience and proved to be exhilarating. Besides the endless nights of research and parleys with the fellow delegates, countless papers bundled in folders and numerous impromptu speeches, the conference allowed the delegates, to formulate well-thought and politically debatable resolutions aimed at solving the global issues at hand.
Not only did this four-day experience consist of six committee sessions, but also the delegate dance, inspirational talks and the talent show which provided the much-needed respite and leisure.
The team brought laurels home, with Kashwi Aggarwal and Diya Sood winning a diplomatic commendation in the Historical NATO committee. Abhay Virk and Vedaant Raswant also received a diplomatic commendation in the Security Council and Aishwari Krishna was presented an Honorable Mention in the UN Commission on the Status of Women committee.