Kohima, Dec. 16: The North East India International Model United Nations got under way at the Indira Gandhi Stadium here today.
The Model United Nations is a conference that aims to educate youths about global issues through academic simulation of the UN. It is holding its annual conference in the Northeast for the first time.
The three-day meet, having the theme UN 3 Pillars: Peace and Security, Development and Human Rights, is being attended by over 200 delegates from 69 universities and colleges from all over India.
Nagaland governor Ashwani Kumar, who was the chief guest, said while the UN is taking measures to reduce and eliminate weapons of mass destruction, the people of the Northeast need to discuss and decide how to make the region free of weapons, whether illegal or legal, with individuals or government forces, to minimise the threat to peace in the region.
He said the expenditure involved in procuring the weapons could be used for development and to improve human rights conditions. He urged the young delegates to consider recommending a complete ban of weapons.
Secretary general, NEIMUN, Limabenla Jamir, in her address said good education was a right that every person deserved and the goal of the conference was to provide international education to students of the Northeast by introducing Model UN across universities.
She said the Model UN teaches students good research and speaking skills, team work, consensus building and negotiation skills.
Co-founder, Best Delegate, USA, Ryan Villanueva, said Model UN aimed to train students to be tomorrow’s leaders. Ban Ki-moon, secretary-general of the UN was a former Model UN delegate.
Parliamentary secretary, higher education, Deo Nukhu and MLA Mmhonlumo Kikon also spoke on the occasion. Nagaland chief secretary Alem-temshi Jamir will also speak at the conference. Minister, youth resources and sports Merentoshi R. Jamir will attend the closing function.
The conference will feature classes and seminars on skills in writing, speaking, negotiation and diplomacy on current events, topics in international relations, diplomacy and the UN agenda.
Young people will take on the role of world leaders as ambassadors to the UN and experience the complexities of international policy formation at first hand. Each delegate represents the viewpoint of a single member state of the UN or an NGO, researching that country’s or NGO’s policy and advocating these views.
Every year, thousands of students around the world participate in Model UN conferences.