A global classroom at UN meet

Three-day mock UN conference is part of global classrooms project of the UN Association.

india Updated: Dec 04, 2006 17:25 IST

"All members of the United Nations should stop trade with Turkey,” said a delegate from Liberia, while taking a firm stand at a meeting of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) committee on Sunday.

The delegate, sixteen-year-old Tanya Puri, garnered support from other members to get the resolution passed. Spirited deliberations by member-delegates on serious issues that face the world marked Day Two of the Delhi Public School Model United Nations 2006.

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Three-day mock UN conference is part of global classrooms project of the UN Association of the US

Model United Nations offers a chance to 700 students to raise issues concerning them

MUNs hone the skills of students in public speaking and listening and also teach cooperation

Being held in the Capital, this three-day mock United Nations conference is part of the global classrooms project of the United Nations Association of the US.

This Model United Nations (MUN) is an opportunity for around 700 students from India and neighbouring countries like Sri Lanka, Kuwait, Nepal and United Arab Emirates to deliberate on issues ranging from eradication of illicit drugs to social responsibility of the private sector.

There are six committees for this three day meet, which concludes on Monday. These are: General Assembly (Plenary), International Atomic Energy Agency, United Nations Development Program, Human Rights Council, Security Council and Economic and Social Council.

Delnavaz Aibara of the DPS, who has donned the role of Under Secretary General and Rapporteur, UNDP, says the “thoughts, ideas and research that go into the preparation of MUNs are impressive.” Liang Zhi and Zhang Jiayin from China, who are representing Sierra Leone and Slovenia, also sounded enthusiastic. Said Shyama Chona, Principal, DPS, RK Puram, “This kind of application knowledge will stay with them for the rest of their lives.”

First Published: Dec 04, 2006 17:24 IST