Gangtok: The 7th edition of the North East India International Model United Nations (NEIMUN) conference was held in Sikkim Manipal Institute of Technology (SMIT) in Majitar, Sikkim from October 24 to 26.
The theme for this year’s conference was ‘UNSCR 2250: Youth, Peace and Security’ after the noteworthy United Nations Security Council Resolution 2250, which was the first of its kind agreement signed by the international body on youth, peace and security.
The event witnessed participants from various educational institutes in Northeast India and from the neighbouring countries, including students from SMIT, who also took part in the annual conference that was held on Friday.
A total of four trainers gave lessons to the participants on public speaking, procedures of the MUN format, United Nations and international relations and the procedures to make resolutions and conducting proper research for them.
The participants were divided into four committees and they had to discuss certain agendas followed by a public speech of 1-minute duration. They were further made to discuss and lobby for the department they were representing in the shoes of a diplomat in the Model UN.
On the closing ceremony of the three-day event, the passing of the resolutions was conducted and all delegates had to discuss and explain their resolution after which their papers of the MUN were passed with a consensus.
Speaking to the media on sidelines of the international event, general secretary of NEIMUN, Deep Shanker Nath, who led a team of secretariats, said that he has been a part of NEIMUN for the past three years and their goal is to educate the youth of Northeast and give them a platform to come up and speak and have a glimpse of what happens in the United Nations.
“NEIMUN is simulation of UN at an educational level and that’s what we’ve been trying to do while also giving exposure to the Northeast,” Nath added.
Back in 2013 when it started, NEIMUN was one of the first and only conferences in the Northeast which demonstrated the actual procedures of the UN and simulates the actual happenings and enhances the knowledge, and skills of the participants who take part as delegates in charge of various departments of the MUN including World Health Organisation, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization , United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women and International Maritime Organization.
On October 24, 1945, the United Nations officially came into being with all nation-states coming together to sign the founding document and the UN Charter was started with the promise of devoting and making people across the globe aware of the aims and achievements of the United Nations and to gain their support for its work.