Following the trend of hosting successful MUN conferences in the past, Delhi Technological University held its annual Model UN Conference ‘DelTech MUN 2013’ on 9th and 10th February 2013. The conference was organized under the aegis of INNOVA (the annual techno-management fest of DTU) by a very proficient team of students and was sponsored by Panasonic. It witnessed active participation of students from various institutions across the country as delegates, members of the Executive Board and members of the International Press, all contributing equally towards its grand success.
The entire conference was split up into six councils, each with their own agendas for discussion and set of delegates. The General Assembly had its discussion centered on solving the pending crises in the Middle East. Abundant oil resources, radically different ideologies, concentration of large amounts of wealth and tyrannous dictators are the main reasons for instigation of political unrest in the area. The Arab Spring which began on 18 December, 2010 is a part of the recent revolution taking place in the Arab countries, Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Syria and Iraq being some of the most involved.
The Human Rights Council addressed grave international concerns regarding the subjugation of women, in light of the recent ban on hijab and also took cognizance of the human rights violations against the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, who are considered the most persecuted community by the UN.
The World Trade Organisation discussed the Role of Regional Trade Agreements in the International Trading System and the future of the Doha Development Plan with respect to providing agricultural subsidies. The delegates focussed not only on discussing the ills and good of RTAs, but also how these could be useful for developing nations’ organisations like SAARC, to have a freer regional trade in the developing world.
The International Atomic Energy Agency, a technical advisory committee of the United Nations, debated the pros and cons of establishing a Nuclear Weapons Free Zone in the Middle East and suggested measures for strengthening the Illicit Trafficking Database. Nuclear science is one of the most sought after technologies of the world today. Because of its capability of producing enormous energy with low input, it is considered one of those very critical weapons which determine the political, economic and military paramount of a country or organization – causing the world to compete for an upper hand on this technology, particularly its rare raw material. In the wake of impending disaster, a meeting of the Board of Governors of the IAEA for strengthening of illicit trafficking database was of prime importance.
The United Nations Security Council was a crisis committee with the theme of weapons proliferation. This was where the very diplomatic tactics and innovative dynamism of delegates were judged – how to avert a war, when it was the only option left.
DelTech MUN 2013 also saw a rare council of the Indian Cabinet which contemplated and examined the counter-insurgency measures to be taken by the Indian Government, and proposed methods to be adopted in order to meet India’s ever increasing energy requirements.
DelTech MUN 2013 tasted grand success, with each council hosting tremendously pertinent discussions on its respective agendas. Delegates, ably moderated by the seasoned members of the Executive Board, proposed highly potent solutions to the crises currently jeopardizing world peace and order, thus reaffirming the DTU’s long standing belief that students, given an opportunity, are capable of assuming the role of change-makers of the society.
Delhi Technological University is committed towards inculcating a culture of constructive debating and decision making amongst the youth of the nation. It sent a delegation of seven students to participate in the world Model United Nations Conference held in Singapore in 2011 wherein the students came up with a superlative performance. DTU looks forward towards conducting MUN conferences annually so as to provide a suitable platform for the vibrant minds of the country to learn, debate and express their vision for the betterment of this world as an appropriate habitat for all its living.