Secretary General’s Address

Respected Brother, Teachers, and Delegates,

As the Secretary General, it is with immense joy that I humbly invite you to the very first edition of the Model United Nations Conference hosted by St. Francis School ICSE, Bangalore. Being held on the 23rd and 24th of June, the ethos of the conference is to provide a space for students to critically analyse and deconstruct the notions that drive diplomacy and policy making.

This year the Secretariat has decided to simulate four committees at the conference.

History has been a passive witness to entire sects of people being deprived of their basic freedoms to satiate the vested interests of those in absolute power. In the 21st century, with the advent of the internet and advancements in digital technology, privacy is a luxury that is hard to come by. To demarcate the proverbial neighbour's nose is a challenge that is common to the member states of the UN. To that end, the Human Rights Council has been convened to deliberate on an individual's fundamental right to privacy.

The most vulnerable are the least responsible and the most responsible are the least bothered. Climate change is real and here to stay. Human actions have compounded the deterioration of our environment and has left millions with the risk of being displaced. Owing to this, the secretariat has deemed it necessary to simulate the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to sensitise the students to the dangers that the planet we share faces with special reference to the melting of ice caps at the Arctic region.

Randy Pausch states that clichés exist because they are the truth. One such cliché is the pressing need for nuclear disarmament and the idea of Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD). In the poem 'Five Ways to Kill a Man', Edwin Brock states that the simplest way to kill a man is to leave him in the 21st century that is crippled by the disastrous effects of war. However, in the case of nuclear warfare, the victor and the vanquished are the same. To that extent, the Disarmament and International Security Committee will be revisiting the Nuclear Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

Resources of the African continent has been a diplomatic hotspot for many of the developed and developing nations. However, the rise of terrorism and extremism in the African nations is cause for worry to the international community. It goes without saying that the United Nation Security Council is the pulse and soul of a model UN conference. It is the committee that enshrines the ethos of the UN charter, and binds the decisions made by member states.

I take this opportunity to extend a warm welcome to all the first-time MUNners and hope that this marks the beginning of a new chapter in your lives. May you cherish the experience you gain and take it forward to new heights. To the experienced campaigners, welcome back. I’m rooting for your ability to steer committee and give it a sense of direction. I hope you would push the limits and maintain high quality debate throughout.

The ability to effectively empathize with any situation is the distinguishing factor of an eminent diplomat. Only when we see, feel, and experience the world from the perspective of another can we frame policies that transcend borders and stay true to the sentiment of humanity.

Hoping to see you at the conference,

Yours sincerely,
Alishan Aziz
Secretary General