Taking Model UN Forward in India – DAVMUN

by Rajat Rai Handa on October 29, 2012

Delegates DAVMUN’12 Opening Ceremony

DAV Model United Nations Conference is an endeavour by D.A.V. Public School, Sector – 14, Gurgaon, which is located in Haryana, India. The school was first exposed to the idea of MUNs way back in 1998 but started participating in conferences in 2001. It was only in 2009 that the school launched its own Model UN, known as DAVMUN. Since then, the conference is organized on a national scale every year, while keeping in mind a dual objective – to sensitize school students about contemporary global issues that require immediate attention, and at the same time, act as a vehicle of personal development for these students who essentially carry the future of the country on their shoulders and will eventually be tasked with redressing these issues. Now DAVMUN is one of the most sought after high-school Model UN Conferences in India.

DAVMUN has always been led by a resolute set of values and goals in an effort to bolster our progressive journey towards holistic development of the individual and the society, that essentially differentiate them from each and every MUN Conference that occur ever so frequently in today’s circuit. Throughout its four year lifespan, DAVMUN has aspired to democratize pragmatically the notion of a Model UN Conference in India, not only to ensure that the concept benefits an increasing number of stakeholders across the country, but to engage the youngest group of stakeholders in the collective process of strategic policy and consensus building, with the aim of galvanizing the process of conflict resolution and policy making through novel ideas and suggestions. Seeking to positively engage and redefine all colloquially accepted biases and notions in an MUN conference, DAVMUN has strived to provide an experience that is conducive to all the participants, including the Delegates, the Executive Board, the Conference Staff and the Secretariat, to usher into practice an era of absolute and irrevocably supreme transparency in operation. DAVMUN places their faith in the latent worth of bringing together diverse groups of scholars, across varied cultures, principles and vast geographical boundaries, to provide an all-encompassing platform to facilitate meaningful dialogue on wide ranging concerns that affect everyone equally severely but in different manifestations.

This year, DAVMUN 2012 held from 12th to 14th October saw participation from over 1000 students and 116 schools across the country, taking the brand of DAVMUN even further in the Indian circuit. This time, the school set out to scale unprecedented heights in the MUN sphere with their fourth foray into the world of international politics and diplomacy – with the simulation of 9 specifically handpicked committees, many of which were usually unheard of at the school level:

  • United Nations General Assembly
  • United Nations Security Council
  • United Nations Economic and Social Council
  • United Nations Human Rights Council
  • United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs
  • United Nations Peacebuilding Commission
  • United Nations Development Programme
  • International Court of Justice
  • Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries

The conference began with a splendid opening ceremony that witnessed invocation and a delightful dance performance by students of the junior wing. All 9 committees saw intense debate and put the delegates’ research and public speaking skills to the ultimate test. The three day affair ended with a closing ceremony as magnificent as the opening, with a rousing ballad urging mankind to mend its ways before it was too late, reverberating in everyone’s mind. The award ceremony followed, and the school ensured that every skill displayed by the delegates was duly recognized and appreciated by giving out awards like ‘Best Delegate’, ‘Best Leader’, ‘Best Speaker’ and ‘Best Position Paper’ to the top delegates. Teams that did well across all committees were awarded the ‘Best Delegation’ Trophy. The top 5 schools which took away this coveted prize were DPS Mathura Road, DAV Gurgaon, DPS Noida, Modern School Barakhamba Road, and DPS Sector 45 Gurgaon, establishing themselves as one of the leading schools in the Indian High School Model UN Circuit. A Dance Party Social was organized to bid farewell to the conference in grand style, and the overwhelming feedback of the entire conference received by the secretariat so far, has already ensured that DAVMUN is sure to be back with a bigger bang next year!

For more information please check out DAVMUN’s website!

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