A Model United Nation also known as MUN or Model UN is an extra-curricular activity which is a recreation of the UN proceedings with the youth taking up role play as the delegates of the United Nations representing the Nation States in UN committees like the UNEP, UN ECOSOC, UNHRC, UNESCO etc. Dusting your debating, lobbying skills and taking down the conference tactfully along with the aim of peacefully resorting all the member nations is what MUNs give way to.
A MUN or Model United Nations is a simulation of the actual proceedings of the UN with an aim to educate and make the participants aware of the UN and its working as well, as the socially, politically and environmentally relevant issues pertaining to the world. Moreover, a MUN is the best platform to showcase your communication skills or to work on them, because it opens a plethora of opportunities to meet and converse with people. The participants represent delegates of various countries and debate and discuss moot topics. Where there would be a dearth of solutions, a MUN presents itself with copious amounts of solutions, which are often very simple and practical.
The EnviroMUN is the first of its kind in India, a MUN which focuses entirely on the environment and the issues surrounding it. It is a new attempt at engaging young minds with global environmental challenges like climate change and encouraging them to think at the global level. The participants will research the effects of climate change on society and thus will gain the knowledge to create tools and strategies to combat the related issues. EnviroMUN will push the delegates to think outside of the box and instigate them to come up with creative solutions and will also instil a sense of commitment to carry out sustainable youth project. The EnviroMUN is being organised by RCE, Trivandrum, in association with Bhoomitrasena, the environment club of the College of Engineering, Trivandrum (CET). The MUN is set to take shape on the 27th and 28th of January 2018 at CET.
UNEP - United Nations Environment Programme
Chair: Sayed Muhammed Bin Nashid
Vice Chair: Nihal Bin Nizar
Director: Anagh Namboodiri
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment. UNEP’s work encompasses: assessing global, regional and national environmental conditions and trends; developing international and national environmental instruments and strengthening institutions for the wise management of the environment.
AGENDA: ADVOCACY OF GLOBAL MIX ENERGY POLICY WITH RESPECT TO RENEWABLE ENERGY.
While urbanization has brought along mechanization, the world forgets that it means an increased usage of fuel. Fuel is so important nowadays that its dearth has started to affect our day to day activities. All have become a silent observer of the obvious truth. That the time has come and passed, to shift to renewable sources of energy. The Earth has always been good to us and even now, when we have only exploited her, she presents us with alternative means to go on.
Renewable sources of energy though very effective, are hard to tap, either due to its unavailability or due to the lack of the technological know-how. If the world adopts renewable methods, then the huge dependence on fossil fuels can be reduced, thus giving it time to be formed. This in turn would also bring down emissions and global warming.
When nations come together, it is an opportunity to finally address this topic which had been ubiquitous yet ignored.
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UNGA – UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY
Chair: Shoaib Khan
Vice Chair: Gayathri Muraleedharan
Director: Sreenandini Prasad J
The General Assembly is one of the six main organs of the United Nations, the only one in which all Member States have equal representation: one nation, one vote. All 193 Member States of the United Nations are represented in this unique forum to discuss and work together on a wide array of international issues covered by the UN Charter, such as development, peace and security, international law, etc. In September, all the Members meet in the General Assembly Hall in New York for the annual General Assembly session.
AGENDA: Implementing the Paris Agreement on Climatic Change
Climate change has become the pressing problem of the era. Technology and urbanization may have increased our comfort and made life easier for us, but what we don’t realize is that we may have robbed the coming generations of their comfort and the wealth that we call “nature”.
The Paris Agreement is a bridge between today's policies and climate-neutrality before the end of the century. It is a global agreement on climate change which was reached on 12 December 2015 in Paris. The agreement presents an action plan to limit global warming 'well below' 2°C.
The agreement should not just remain an agreement. It should be put into action as soon as possible. That is where the UNGA comes into play. For, different nations, based on their level of development and contribution to environmental pollution, will have to exercise the agreement at different levels. This requires the nations coming together and debating on who does what and coming to a majoritarian, if not unanimously agreed arrangement.
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UNODC – UNITED NATIONS OFFICE ON DRUGS AND CRIMES
Chair: Akash Anand
Vice Chair: Rohit Balagopal
Director: Vishakh Krishnan Valiathan
UNODC is a global leader in the fight against illicit drugs and international crime. Established in 1997 through a merger between the United Nations Drug Control Programme and the Centre for International Crime Prevention, UNODC operates in all regions of the world through an extensive network of field offices.
AGENDA: IMPACT OF TRAFFICKING WILDLIFE AND TIMBER
The biggest threat after habitat destruction- trafficking. Whatever had been achieved regarding conservation of species, would lay waste due to the increase in illegal wildlife trade. Animals are poached with no mercy, often killing them. Elephants for ivory, tigers for their skin, teeth, claws and bones, rhinos for their horns. Poaching threatens the last of every species existing on this planet.
Wildlife crime is big business and timber and animals are trafficked and sold, much like the trade of drugs and arms. Hundreds of trees are cut down and stolen. Trees of worth and value. Again amounting to huge losses. Not all trade is illegal though. Many plants and animals are caught and harvested and then sold legitimately as food, pets, ornamental plants, leather, medicine etc.
Stamping out wildlife and timber trafficking is of prime concern now. It is the largest direct threat to the survival of various species on the earth. As said in the beginning, second to habitat destruction.
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Shoaib Khan is a law graduate of The University of Delhi, India, with a background in Physics, Law, International relations, and diplomacy. He is interested in nuclear law, energy policy and sustainable development and firmly believes that world problems can be solved through multilateral dialogue, diplomacy, and negotiations. Being convener for The Debate and Discussion Society at college and the co-founder cum president of The Foundation for Peace Studies and Diplomacy, he has participated in and led various national and international public forums. Besides being a foreign policy enthusiast, he is an avid reader, likes music, enjoys traveling, exploring new cultures and learning new languages.
Gayathri Muraleedharan, a final year law student at Government Law College, Kochi is an idyllic example of the locution 'I came, I saw I conquered'. With a hundred percent win record and superhuman research abilities, Gayathri is a force to reckon with in any council she's a part of. Don't let her innocent looks delude you because this woman is capable of nailing anyone down with a fusillade of information. Most importantly she's an absolute sweetheart once you get to know her better.
Sreenandini Prasad J
Sreenandini is the youngest of the bunch; an 18 year old engineering student at the College of Engineering, Trivandrum. She has always been interested in public speaking and is always at it, trying to improve and has battled it out at Youth Parliaments and MUNs. Apart from this, she is also an ardent quizzer and has been part of Lokadharmi, a theatre company in Kochi for 12 years.
Mr. Sayed Muhammed Bin Nashid
Mr. Sayed Muhammed Bin Nashid is a history graduate from IGNOU and currently pursues Law from Government Law College, Trivandrum. He worked as a Climate Action Coordinator for the Conference of Parties (CoP+22) UN Action Program and as of now, he is a Volunteer at United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in India. He had been the Campus Ambassador and Leader for some of the prestigious programs and firms which includes World Humanitarian Summit (WHS+23), MY Parliament, Young India Fellowship (YIF). Recently, he received the Medal of Honour award from Mr. Shashi Tharoor.
He has been doing MUNs for 4 years and has attended over 50 MUN conferences as a Delegate and as an Executive Board Member. Right now he is the director of Global Model United Nations (GMUN) Kerala Chapter, and also has a non-profit youth organization 'Change Your Attitude'. He is the Deputy Director General at United Youth Circuit, an international youth organization and a member of India-U.S Youth Forum.
Nihal Bin Nizar
Nihal Bin Nizar is a 21-year-old engineering student. He is pursuing his final year at College of Engineering and would probably be the most unconventional MUNner you will ever see. Well, talking about MUNning, he started his career in 2011 in Dubai and have been doing MUNs ever since. When it comes to committee, it’s all business. No hard feelings, but like Shakespeare said “let slip the dog of wars”.
A graduate of International Relations and a post graduate student of International Relations and Political Science from Central University of Kerala, Anagh is a person who has keen interest in sociological and other societal matters. A person who has won a lot of prizes in debates and speech competitions, he has proved his capability in public speaking from his childhood itself. He started his MUN career in 2016 and within a short span of time, he has done more than 12 MUNs and got many awards too. Being a student of Humanities, he is interested in conventional committees. More than a fun element, he sees MUNning as a learning process.
Akash Anand is a clichéd 21 year old Indian: an engineering student. He has always been interested in public speaking and started his MUNning career in 2012. He is the biggest Arsenal fan around and that leads to even more debates in councils. He always tries to moderate committees with a twist and it hasn't failed till now. He hopes that ENVIROMUN will be no different.
Rohit Balagopal is a fourth year law student in the National University of Advanced Legal Studies in Kochi. Apart from participating in MUNs across Bangalore and Kerala, he was also on the executive board of the Bangalore Model United Nations and won best delegate in the Model ASEAN Summit in Singapore. An avid quizzer and debater, he spends his time looking up bits of trivia and then debating it.
Vishakh Krishnan Valiathan
Vishakh Krishnan Valiathan is an MPhil scholar from the Department of Politics and Public Administration, University of Madras. He mainly focuses on India-Israel relations, India’s Foreign and Nuclear Policy, West and Central Asian studies and is very interested in defense and strategic studies. He has earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics from University of Kerala and a master’s degree in International Relations from Pondicherry University. Besides being a scholar in International Relations and Diplomacy, he’s an avid quizzer and a debater who is also a Cricket enthusiast. He aims to become a diplomat, academician and a global citizen.
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