Letter from the Secretary General (2019)
Grow your moral force
I worked as a tv reporter, documentary maker, journalist, travel writer and foreign correspondent in Europe , the Middle East and Asia. Naturally, meeting a lot of different people from different cultures is a part of that job. What I have noticed on this wonderful journey is a specific universal similarity between cultures. Whenever I encountered people who are vulnerable and/or mistreated (by individuals, organisations or governments), they knew very clearly that they were treated unfairly. All humans understand wrong-doing intuitively. To me, that was a source of hope in the most desperate situations. Even when I talked with a mother mourning her murdered son or when I witnessed a nature reserve and a way of life being destroyed by a mega construction project that nobody needs. This intuitive sense of recognizing evil gives a potential moral force to even the most fragile people. It is this moral force that DIMUN wants to celebrate and cultivate. This is the force that you can tap into and do great things. And we need it urgently. Because we are the biggest threat to ourselves. We are destroying the planet, stealing from the ones in need and organizing a future that will be even worse. We need new ideas to tackle these problems. And my opinion is that young people are the only ones who can conceive useful ideas and concepts. We have to stop trying to fix old problems with old tricks. They have never worked and will never work. We need young people to re-calibrate our values. You should convince the world that excessive consumption does not make us happier. Instead, equality and solidarity should be at the core of our values.
DIMUN can be the start to find and formulate big, long-term and well-thought-out solutions. We have to start today, together, with our moral force, courage and vision. Sounds naive? No, I will tell you what’s naive. Thinking we’re going to be okay if we keep ignoring the big challenges, with the result that no solutions will be found. Though some goods things have happened in the past decades, they have a dark side too. In the last 25 years, globalisation has lifted more than a billion people out of extreme poverty, but it has also widened the gap between the poorest and the richest. Exciting technologies are developed to tackle climate change, but the most advanced countries are also the biggest polluters and have leaders that seem not to care. For instance, why do most governments still rely on huge infrastructure projects for energy? (Spoiler: not because they care about clean energy.) Maybe we should conceive ideas that stimulate millions of small scale solutions. Think about it.
We count on your art to discuss difficult issues, to make agreements, to build bridges and to make progress. Your are the ambassadors and influencers for a better world. You have to look for truth and foster trust, with respect, compassion and love for all. If you can do that well, the whole world will be listening to you. I’m looking forward to meet you at DIMUN and to celebrate your moral force.
Secretary General of DIMUN 2019
Letter from the Secretary General (2018)
Dear Delegates and Faculty Advisors,
As the Secretary General, it is my privilege to welcome you to the Delhi International Model United Nations Conference 2018, one of the biggest celebrations of the power of expression which is bestowed upon every person and which is punctuated by the youthful exuberance which more than 1000 delegates at DIMUN are expected to come with.
Hereby, I sincerely offer my regards and thanks to every each academic and organization team member for being the creators of this conference and for having worked with ethic, with commitment, and within light of bona fides. I also extend my thanks to The Dais Foundation and Indraprastha College for Women- University of Delhi for their continuous guidance and contribution. DIMUN 2018 will comprise of eleven diverse committees, which we hope shall help delegates engage in a dynamic, inclusive and well informed debate, directed at shaping our world into a better place. While centred on the ideals of Sustainability, our conference seeks to initiate discussions on the Sustainable Developmental Goals adopted by the General Assembly in 2015, and as a conscious endeavour most agenda items have an essence of the 17 SDG’s that we as humankind have set out to achieve in the foreseeable future.
Regardless of your MUN experience, we have a unique approach to stimulate greater involvement and debate tailored to bring all delegates to an even field. We have made every effort to make sure that your stay here is excellent and a memorable one. And we really hope that when we meet in January, you have an enjoyable time. If you have any difficulties, please don’t hesitate to write to me at email@example.com
Delhi International Model United Nations Conference 2018
Letter from the Secretary General (2016)
Dear esteemed dignitaries, delegates and advisors,
"Do I contradict myself? I contain multitudes." - Walt Whitman
MUN'ing has often been described by its evangelists as a platform for young people to express their views, engage in the formidable art of diplomacy, deliberate the myriad aspects of internationally perplexing quagmires & work towards the furthering of democracy & world peace.
The cynics scoff & claim (while participating) that MUN'ing is nothing more than an extension of our ego & an attempt at expanding social opportunity to satisfy a pretence in grandiosity, engage in obfuscation & intellectual posturing designed to intimidate & befuddle dissenting opinions much like the above evangelical sentence.
Both sides however, will continue to engage in their respective versions of the Model UN concept thereby reaffirming its core ethos, of congregating all points of view without prejudice. And this very aspect, represents all that is good with MUN'ing. Where delegates attempt to promote the opinions of the nations they are assigned to represent without necessarily concurring with that opinion themselves.
It's not great diplomacy or decisive debate but great empathy & respect for all opposing opinions which eulogizes the true spirit of MUN'ing.
At Delhi International Model United Nations we seek to embrace this concept & encourage opinion-building through empathy & consensus above all. While attempting to mock or model the UN, MUN'ing actually magnifies it by embracing all points of view in uniformity. In a world with escalating levels of polarization & suppression of dissent, this is our manner of breaking away from the norm. I would urge all delegates to engage in 2-days of relentless opinion- building without compromising on their core humanitarian values. To quote John Oliver, "If you don't stick to your values when they're being tested, they're not values-they're hobbies." We promise to facilitate this in the best way possible as a Secretariat prioritizing your rendezvous with Delhi International Model United Nations 2016, this February. We hope you have two terrific days of learning and networking through our version of a Model UN Conference, the Delhi International Model United Nations 2016.
I also welcome any ideas, questions, or comments you may wish to share with me.
Feel free to reach out to me.
Delhi International Model United Nations 2016