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These are some of the “burning issues” students tackled at two mock UN sessions recently.
The Peace Mission presented by St. Thomas’ Boys’ School, Kidderpore, witnessed raging debate over human rights and cyber crime while the second edition of the Assembly of Nations hosted by Calcutta Boys’ School (CBS) saw students solving crisis ranging from terrorism to football fair play.
The stars of the mock UN at CBS were, of course, the al Qaida and CIA committees. “These two controversial committees were included not for the sake of publicity but to test the practical knowledge and acumen of the delegates,” said Souryadeep Basak, a Class XII student at Calcutta Boys’ School and chairman of the al Qaida committee.
Basak was pitted against Sarbhanu Nath, the chairman of the CIA committee. “The atmosphere was very competitive but with the right amount of co-operation and co-ordination,” said the second-year student of BCom at City College, who is a CBS alumnus.
The topic closest to the students’ hearts was the Financial Fair Play Regulations. Students, role-playing as delegates of AC Milan, Real Madrid and Arsenal, argued passionately about the loopholes in the regulations and ways to plug them.
“Nineteen committees are involved in drawing up Uefa’s policy. The committees discuss issues ranging from medical matters and players’ status/transfers to refereeing, finance and the Uefa competitions and submit proposals and recommendations to the executive committee. What we emulated here was a modified form of the Club Competitions Committee of Uefa,” said Sourya Rudra, a Class XI student and chairman of the Uefa committee.
The St. Thomas’ session had four committees — United Nations Human Rights Council that dealt with the effectiveness of the universal declaration of human rights in Asia and Africa, the All-India Meet, 1944, which debated pre-Independence crisis situations, the Security Council that discussed recent political developments in North Korea and the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Committee on cyber terrorism.
One of the most innovative problems was the murder of the president of Russia, whose pacemaker was hacked to give him a 440-volt shock.
“The highlight of the session came with the entertainment motion, in which each of the delegates were asked to entertain the committee in some way or the other,” said Siddhartha Bose, Class XI (science), St. Thomas’ school.