The following article was provided by Farhan Farooqui, Deputy Secretary General of DIAMUN 2013.
The 5th annual installment of DIAMUN (Dubai International Academy Model United Nations) brought together 900 participants from all over the world under the theme of Education for the 21st Century. From the 20th to the 23rd of March the intense debate sessions and pleasurable social event gave everyone a memory to take home with them.
With inspiring guest speeches by the likes of Ms. Fatma Al Marri, CEO of Dubai Schools Agency and Sanjay Verma, Consul General of India delegates debated on subjects such as education being a frontier for long-term economic development to education as a catalyst for political sustainability and reflected upon some of the most pressing issues we face today, through the scope of education.
As DIAMUN continues to grow as a leading THIMUN affiliated conference in the Middle East region with two new committees were added- The Advisory Panel on Education for the 2st Century and the Africa Union. Along with the League of Arab States and the World Economic Forum, DIAMUN hosts four distinctive committees that will strive for diplomatic and effective solutions.
DIAMUN 2013 broke new frontiers in the Model UN world with a successful collaboration with Online Model United Nations which included a debate session of the Security Council working to solve a crisis scenario wherein online delegates also logged in from the comfort of their home computers and joined delegates sitting in the physical conference. This virtual reality facet of debate was very intriguing and productive as all participants kept a keen eye on the clock whilst working with each other to solve the crisis.
A prime social event was held in the splendor of Atlantis, The Palm hotel. This provided an opportunity for delegates to get to know each other better and make new friends. Delegates found that it was worth all the hard work they put into debate and position papers as they relaxed and had dinner under the Arabian night sky.
As the conference came to an end, the proud secretariat gave their closing speeches and bid adieu to everyone until next year for a hopefully bigger and better DIAMUN 2015.