February 22- 23, the UN in Uzbekistan has co-organized the Annual Model United Nations conference at the Westminster International University in Tashkent for the third time.
This year, the conference became home to three simultaneous forums– the General Assembly, focusing on lifting the bottom billion out of poverty, the Economic and Social Committee – focusing on gender equality and women’s economic empowerment, and the Security Council – focusing on combating acts of terrorism in the new millennium. Open for the first time to the students of other universities all around the country, the MUN welcomed student-delegates from Uzbekistan State World Languages University, University of World Economy and Diplomacy (UWED), the National University of Uzbekistan, Management Development Institute of Singapore in Tashkent (MDIST,) the Tashkent State Pedagogical Institute named after Nizomiy, Tashkent State Institute of Oriental Studies, as well as those from the Namangan and Andijan State Universities.
Opening the conference, Stefan Priesner, the UN Resident Coordinator, congratulated all the participants on engaging in the conference, and stimulating dialogue between member states, and stressed the importance of such enterprises in reaching global consensus. Mr.Priesner’s remarks were echoed by George Krol, the US Ambassador and George Edgar, Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Uzbekistan, also present in the ceremony.
Apart from debates and heated discussions, the MUN is also huge platform for diversity, culture and friendship. This year, the conference programme included Global Village, where each delegation showcased cultural peculiarities, traditions and history of their respective countries. The event gained momentum with singing, dancing, and special guest performances and once again served to remind us all that diversity is more about enrichment, rather than obstacle.
The event concluded with an award ceremony when outstanding participants were handed certificates in such nominations as “Best Delegation”, “Best Position Paper” and “Best Speaker”.