For those of you who don’t know what an MUN or a Model United Nation conference is, it is basically a conference where committee sessions of the United Nations are simulated in real time. Institutions send teams who are designated different countries and each participant or delegate is assigned a different committee. Heated debates, political inclination, diplomacy of all the things are checked, marked, evaluated and resolutions are made to a set of different problems that are to be discussed. What an MUN does is that it enables individuals to nurture their debating skills, their diplomatic skills, and their conflict resolution skills which contributes heavily in the future.
Today happened to be the first day of the 1st Convent Model United Nations, venue being The Islamabad Convent School (ICS). As is tradition, the first day is the opening ceremony and the Global Village. The opening ceremony took place in the school Library which was quite spacious for a library. I was expecting a plethora of long boring speeches and bland crammed scripts, but came out to be the exact opposite. There was a welcome speech, the Principals message and a word from the sponsors Islamabad Tubular Society, University College of Islamabad and Cherat Cement. I don’t remember what people came up and said but the Principal said something that I really liked “An individual makes up a family, a family a community, a community a society, a society a country, a country the whole world “. After the Secretary General declared the event open, most of the delegates rushed outdoors to the tent where they were to set up their Global Village stalls
I sneaked out to grab a bite and I’m sure what happened between the time the opening ceremony ended to the time I made way to the Global Village area wasn’t much that was missed. So let’s just get straight to the Global Village.
There were 33 countries in all or so I was told. I did speak to most of them but some were average, some weren’t interested and some were rude (I have no idea why though *shrug*). So the following countries, in my view stood out:-
The delegates of North Korea were an independent team though all of them were students of West Minister College Islamabad. I got to talk to Jahangir and Rabia. I specially enjoyed talking to Rabia because she had a very unique perspective regarding the war against terror, global economy, nuclear arsenal and her vision if she was to be the premier. Jahangir was a nice fellow who explained how Korean music used the harp and harmonic scales. In my view, this team would do good if they stick to their thought process and originality.
The delegates of Germany were from The Saint Mary’s academy, Lalazar Rawalpindi. Their stall was interesting and had loads of car magazines, two bottles of “celebration drinks” put to portray beer and a guitar and a football. They looked confused and a little unprepared but I guess first times at MUN’s are always like that, though it was interesting to see a paper poster which had the NAZI sign and the “Hail Hitler” slogan on it. When asked whether they were pro Nazi, or anti Nazi, they had nothing to say. Moreover them not knowing that Hitler was actually born in Austria and not in Germany was disappointing.
The Chinese stall was a rather interesting stall. With the ladies dressed in traditional Chinese dresses with small Chinese fans in their hand. They looked nice and they were of the opinion that China savours on their labour and should be categorized as a “developed” country rather than a “developing” country and that the west doesn’t want them to be on top. Interesting views, oh and they had traditional Chinese food as well. Who doesn’t love a good dose of Chowmein and chop soy?
I didn’t talk much to the delegates from Iraq but they were nice young girls who had a point of view about anything that I asked them. I talked to Urwat from the delegation and she was well spoken and very kind in answering all my questions regarding Iraqi culture, food, and heritage. They also had kebabs and some sort of rice as food items.
The Ethiopian team consisted of budding accountants from the University College of Islamabad. The team consisted of Asmat Fayaz, Ibrahim Marghoob and Daniyal Khan Hoti. They had a nice lively stall and a lot of food to go with it. Asmat who looked like she was interested in writing said “war itself is terrorism” when asked about her views on the on going war against terror. Goes to show that all accountants “aren’t always that boring :)
The Afghani stall was rather interesting. It had two girls dressed up in traditional pukhtoon topis and beards made with markers apparently portraying the Taliban. The delegation of Afghanistan were from Headstart and the little conversation that I did have with them, was enlightening. It was rather pleasing to see that two of them came up to me and asked me if I could get their view across. I obviously said sure and asked them what it was, they i.e Maham Faisal and Iman Hazir were blatantly against the war and said that the only way that the world could see peace was via peace and tolerance itself. Kudos to these young individuals.
Along the way I talked to lots of other country delegates as well. I would distinctly like to mention that the delegates from the United Kingdom were offensive, rude and ill-mannered but then again, teens are supposed to be like that. The delegates of France were nice as were the delegates from South Africa, Bangladesh, Canada and Egypt.
Credits to Miss Zainab Zakeer, who happens to be a student of O2 and also the Social event director for managing the first social event with a lot of responsibility and devotion along with her team, noteworthy mentions being Rahima Zia.
A lot of pictures were taken but due to poor light, the cold, a trembling hand and a point and shoot, most of them came out blurry so they had to be deleted, let’s hope that tomorrow will be a good day with respect to pictures. For all those who I mentioned without a picture, my apologies =)