Welcome to ISGMUNC 2017! The theme of this year's conference is " The world is not ruled by those who think similarly , but by those who dare to think differently".This two day conference will provide students with unique and educational opportunities as they draft resolutions, engage in heated debates and master the art of diplomacy and negotiation. The committees will integrate several real world crises that often carry far reaching international implications. The participants will have a chance to experience coordination, cooperation and teamwork, ingredients that are essential to the smooth and successful running of the UN. ISGMUNC 2017 promises to be exciting, challenging and rewarding. It will provide participants with a platform to welcome and embrace their inner diplomat. It will enrich your mind and you will find yourself welcoming knowledge like never before. As was once said by Ralph Waldo Emerson,“There is no knowledge that is not power.“
The Indian School Al Ghubra Model United Nations Conference (ISGMUNC) journey started in the year 2015. The goal was to inspire our children to work towards a better world for tomorrow. At the ISGMUNC , our students formulate, present, debate, and revise positions on current issues that are affecting the people of the world. The next edition of the ISGMUNC is going to be held on the 12th and 13th of May 2017. We expect to host around 200 delegates in six committees. We strive to provide every delegate with a dynamic and enriching opportunity as they participate in our initiative to resolve world problems and design a better future. The topics that will be mainly covered at this year’s ISGMUNC are:The Conflict in the South China Sea, Future of Outer Space and International Peace , Proliferation of Chemical and Biological Weapons, Regulation of Drone Technology for Warfare and Welfare, Population Control as a means to Eradicate Poverty, Gender inequality (Corporate World), Capital Punishment, Protection of the Rights of Refugees, Children and Armed Conflict, Reducing Child Mortality through Immunization, Reducing Global Food Wastage and Building agricultural resilience to climatic change. Our objective at the ISGMUNC 2017 is that participants realize how important cooperation and dialogue is in such an interconnected world and that pressing issues of the international community can only be resolved through discussion amongst the relevant communities. It is also our endeavor to make the delegates reflect on how the youth can be a part of the solution to international issues and also raise awareness amongst them. Thus at ISGMUNC students will not only explore international issues in the role of diplomats and look at the new emerging rights but will also ask the delegates to explore how the youth can be more involved in the decision making process in order to reshape public institutions and make them the drivers of change. My good wishes to the organizers of the ISG MUNC 2017 who have worked very hard indeed to organize this event and all the participating delegates!
“Our world is not ruled by those who think similarly, but by those who dare to think differently.”
To me, this sums up the spirit of ISGMUNC 2017 and the fundamental ideal that guides our conference: to inspire you to think differently, question your understanding of the world around you and to connect with people at a level that transcends global boundaries – where one voice is heard amidst the cacophony of conflict and disagreement.
Our world is changing and becoming increasingly complex; the challenges we face are the greatest any generation must face and the stakes are higher than they have ever been. ‘Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants.’ - we know more about war than we know about peace, more about killing that we know about living. But as future diplomats and world leaders, do not let this daunt you – listen to that still small voice in your head that says “I can do something and I ought to do it!”. However, finding solutions to these infinitely complex world issues cannot be done by ‘treading the beaten path’. You must dare to ask bold questions that others wouldn’t dare ask, to think along divergent lines and even propose solutions that may clash with those of your fellow delegates for if you desire to make a difference in the world, you must strive to be different from the world.
Thus, at ISGMUNC 2017, I hope that you will find the inspiration within yourself to go beyond the edges of conformity and pave brave new frontiers. Through the medium of our conference, you will see your places in the world as more than just mere spectators, but as agents of change, recognizing the ingenuity and ambition it requires to make that change. Millions of people around the world affected by poverty, disease, discrimination and hardship are looking on us to be their voice, their beacon of hope in a world that often turns a deaf ear to their plight. ISGMUNC is our first chance to rise up to this responsibility entrusted to us and to transform tomorrow's world into a society where peace, harmony and fraternity reign.
The 21st century was in a way seen as a coming of age for mankind. In the beginning of the millennium, the world was riding a wave of optimism. We believed that, history wouldn’t remain frozen in some places. Believed that history wouldn’t come back with a vengeance and repeat it-self time and time again. We believed that we could live in a peaceful, stable world with growth and elevation for each member of society. But, the world shaped starkly different to what was envisioned. Contradictions that were put away and tensions which were hidden, resurfaced with new wars and reignited the old ones. Today, conflicts have become increasingly complex and interconnected, leading to unpredictability and impunity. Voters now tend to reject the status quo and have lost confidence in the government and international organizations like the United Nations. And globalization has also broadened the reach of organized crime and trafficking. However, at the same time, the last years have shown an extraordinary technological progress. The global economy is stronger than it has ever been; basic social indicators improved; poverty has reduced. It is time for the United Nations, and for our leaders, to listen and show that they care: to recognize its shortcomings and to reform the way it works. It is the cornerstone of multilateralism, and has contributed to decades of relative peace. But, the United Nations must be ready to change. In ISGMUNC 2017, we promote the idea that humanitarian response, sustainable development and sustaining peace are three sides of the same triangle. Here, we address structural and economic impacts of several crises and come up with a solution to end fragility and instability of communities. To achieve these, we require the active conversation among all member states and the contributions of civil society, international financial institutions, private investors and even financial markets. And to solve these crises, we need consensus. The United Nations was born from war. Today, we must be here for peace. And in the end, it comes down to values. When our children inherit the earth, they need to be defined by the values and unalienable dogmas enshrined in the United Nations Charter: peace, justice, respect, human rights, tolerance and solidarity. Every child, no matter where they come from. That is our goal. To make our living and breathing world a safe haven. Antonio Guterres said, “The lack of peace is the most dramatic problem we are facing in the world.” Let that change from now. And let that change from us.