Amity Educational Resource Centre together with Amity International Schools started third India’s Biggest International High School Model UN “Amity International Model United Nations 2012(AIMUN)” from Nov 29- Dec 1, 2012 at Amity University, Sector- 125, Noida. AIMUN is supported by UNESCO and UN Information Centre for India and Bhutan.
Over 450 high school students from 15 International Schools, 6 National Schools and 42 Schools of Delhi/NCR are participating in AIMUN 2012 and would demonstrate their diplomacy and debating skills in 8 Councils- Security Council, General Assembly, UNESCO, Historical NATO, Historical Security Council, ECOSOC, Council of EU, UNHRC.
The various issues that would be discussed and deliberated upon during AIMUN 2012 will range from USSR invasion of Afghanistan to Iran’s Nuclear Program, Protection of children from violence, exploitation and abuse, Anti- money laundering combating financial terrorism to Issues of Tamils in Srilanka.
Welcoming the august gathering, Ms. Renu Singh- Principal, Amity International School, Noida expressed that AIMUN 2012 would provide students a platform to constructively utilize their skills in simulating the actual proceeding of United Nations and in the process, resolve some of the most daunting challenges faced by today’s world.
“The participating delegates would get a unique opportunity of walking in the shoes of different UN member states and spread the serene radiance of peace to the world” remarked Ms. Singh
Walter Douglas, Minister Counselor for Public Affairs, U.S. Embassy and Chief Guest during the occasion shared nuggets of wisdom with the students citing his own experiences as part of the Security Council.
He remarked that everybody acts in his/her own interests and so do the delegates of UN who act as per the interest of their countries. Delegates tend to have disagreements but UN allows to settle such disagreements in amicable ways.
He opined that the talent of an ambassador of a country and his diplomatic and negotiating skills makes a big difference in influencing the decisions in various Councils of UN. He urged the students to recognize their limitations, accept them and advised them not to over- reach. He congratulated all the delegates for participating in AIMUN and motivated them to give their best during the three day International conference.
Ms. Mohina Dar- Sr. Advisor (Academics), Amity International Schools read out the message sent by Dr. (Mrs.) Amita Chauhan- Chairperson, Amity International Schools.
Mr Armoogum Parsuramen, Former Director, UNESCO, while addressing the august gathering, dwelt upon the various ways the delegates are benefitted by participating in Model United Nations Conferences, which nurture in students “out of the box thinking” and “broaden their knowledge base”.
He urged all the delegates to leave the mission and vision of their country with their friends in India and take back the message of AIMUN 2012 which is “Knowledge nurtures Humility” to their respective countries and spread it amongst their friends.
Declaring AIMUN 2012 open and welcoming all the delegates to AIMUN 2012, Kartik Mehrotra- Secretary General, AIMUN 2012 and student, class XII, Amity International School, Saket said that the world has been plagued with numerous social, economic and political problems and AIMUN is an endeavor to create a sense of awareness about these issues amongst the leaders of tomorrow.
One of the delegates, Ms. Melis Margot- Institut De Genech, France representing Netherlands in the Security Council of AIMUN 2012 shared that she is very excited to participate in AIMUN which is in fact her first MUN participation and expressed that she is very keen to exchange her views and opinions with the delegates of other countries and listening to their diverse viewpoints during AIMUN thereby, enriching her knowledge about global affairs.
Another student delegate from Mahatma Gandhi School, Kazakhstan representing Gabon in European Union (Council of the European Union), Ms. Zhibek said, “MUN is a very informative platform to get familiarized with the nationals of different countries, their cultures and traditions and think beyond self and one’s own country thereby promoting unity in diversity.
My discussions will focus on The European Sovereign Debt Crisis wherein I will suggest that mistakes already committed should not be repeated in the future to overcome the debt crisis”
Also present during the occasion were Tibor Kovacs, Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre, New Delhi and Ashok Sajjanhar, Former Ambassador of India to Kazakhstan, Sweden and Latvia.
The Indian schools participating in the Conference include DAV Public School, Gurgaon representing Afghanistan; Modern School, Barakhamba Road representing Cuba; Pathways School, Noida representing Syria; Little Angels Higher Secondary School, Gwalior representing Mauritius, Georgia and Qatar; British Co-Ed High School, Patiala representing Niger and all Amity International Schools located in Gurgaon, Sector- 43 and 46, Noida, Saket, Pushp Vihar, Mayur Vihar and Vasundhra etc.