Model United Nations
Model United Nations is an authentic simulation of the UN General Assembly, UN Security Council, or other multilateral bodies, which introduces students to the world of diplomacy, negotiation, and decision making.
At Model UN, students step into the shoes of ambassadors of countries that are members of the UN, from Argentina to Zimbabwe. The students, better known as “delegates”, debate current issues on the organization’s vast agenda. They prepare draft resolutions, plot strategy, negotiate with supporters and adversaries, resolve conflicts, and navigate the UN’s rules of procedure – all in the interest of resolving problems that affect the world.
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Surendra Kumar is a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from SOAS, University of London as Chevening Scholar specialising in international law and human rights and is currently Assistant Professor teaching international law and ethics in Lucknow.
He has been participating, organising and Chairing Model UN since 2010 and has been Chairperson in New York, Almaty (Kazakhstan) and Rome. He was invited to Chair Model UN by Oxford University, Essex University and Sheffield University in United Kingdom and Model UN in Russia as well as Pakistan. He also has participated as delegate in Global Model UN,2010 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia organised by United Nations and Harvard Model UN, 2011 in Singapore. He has part of over 70 Model UN across India and globe as organiser, Chairperson and delegate. A teacher at heart, he is known for having unique pedagogy of teaching delegates nuances of international law, foreign policy and understanding of international relations.
We are organizing a Model UN to alleviate asymmetric dissemination of information regarding opportunities and benefits that have led to many talented students not achieving their full potential especially in an international organization as part of the civil society. The exposure to such information is important for the students so that they can take a holistic decision regarding their future and be a contributor in building this nation. With growing stature of India in the world and more weight being displaced, it’s imperative that students and professionals have a multidisciplinary understanding.
The Model United Nations, as you are aware, simulates committees in the UN, International Organizations, and regional bodies in which participants act as delegates to discuss and debate pressing international issues. Participating in Model United Nations is an excellent way to develop one’s negotiation skills, learn effective communication skills and form solutions in an interdisciplinary approach, as well as to broaden one’s perspective on a variety of international issues. It not only offers a wondrous opportunity to the students in understanding global affairs but also strengthening their soft skills.
United Nations General Assembly committee of the Model United Nations would be hosted. Participants will be assigned countries, or occasionally other organizations, where they represent members of that body. They will be presented with their assignments in advance, along with a topic or topics that their committee will discuss. They will formulate positions that they will then debate with their fellow delegates in the committee, staying true to the actual position of the member they represent. At the end of a conference, the best-performing delegates in the committee, as well as delegations, will be recognized with awards.
Only individual applications will be accepted, no team registrations. All undergraduate, graduate, as well as school students, are eligible to apply. Based on the number of seats available, the applications and their preferences, applicants will be assigned their committees as well as countries they represent. The rules of the debate are as follows:
During a formal debate, the staff maintains a speakers list and delegates speak in the order they are listed. At this time, delegates have an opportunity to share their views with the entire committee. Delegates make speeches, answer questions, and introduce and debate resolutions and amendments.
A moderated caucus is a mixture of both formal and informal debate. Anyone may speak if they raise their placard and are called on by the Chair.
In an unmoderated caucus, delegates meet informally with one another and the committee staff to discuss and negotiate draft resolutions, amendments, and other issues.
The growing might of AI in various sectors has percolated into the weapons sectors as well with the proliferation of unmanned systems in offensive capabilities. This is cause for international concern as it lowers the threshold for international war. The question that stands before nations is whether autonomous weapon strikes can be considered acts of war, invasions, or war crimes. Also international collective action is needed to identify the limits of the “Responsibility to Protect” and whether international intervention is needed in the case that any nation deploys unmanned systems.
Join the United Nations General Assembly to discuss:
Topic Area: Military Intervention in Transnational Conflict
Topic Area: Autonomous weapons and their threats
Chaired by: Surendra Kumar
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