All about diplomacy

Dhaka,  Sat,  23 September 2017
Published : 12 Jul 2017, 22:28:50

All about diplomacy
Abidur Rahman

Model United Nations (MUN) is an authentic simulation of the UN General Assembly, UN Security Council, or another multilateral body, that introduces students to the world of diplomacy, negotiation, and decision-making. At MUN, students step into the shoes of ambassadors of countries that are members of the UN, from Albania to Zimbabwe. The students, better known as 'delegates', debate on current issues from UN's vast agenda. They prepare draft resolutions, plot strategy, negotiate with supporters and adversaries, resolve conflicts, and navigate the UN's rules of procedure —all in the interest of resolving problems that affect the world.

An international seminar-- Asian Youth Model United Nation (AYMUN) 2017-- took place from July 06 to July 08, 2017 in Westin, Dhaka. It was organised by Bangladesh Model United Nation Council (BMUNC) consisting of eight members. Around 400 enthusiastic delegates were present in the seminar. Most delegates were O' and A' levels students. This year the theme was 'Embracing Technology, Excelling Diplomacy'.

Last year, 2016 AYMUN was organised in Malaysia. From Bangladesh, a young team of delegates went to Malaysia. This very team had a dream to organise AYMUN in Bangladesh and finally, they  succeeded to materialise their dream.

On July 06, the event was inaugurated by Founder and President  of Social Business Youth Association (SBYA)-GLOBAL Shazeeb M Khairul Islam,  Pro-vice Chancellor of American International University of Bangladesh Dr. Charles C. Villanueva and  Managing Director of Prime Bank Ltd. Ahmed Kamal Khan Chowdhury.

Before playing out their ambassadorial roles in MUN seminar, delegates researched on global problems. The problems were drawn from current issues. MUN delegates learned how the international community acts on its concerns about peace and security, human rights, the environment, food and hunger, economic development and globalisation through this.

MUN delegates also looked closely at the needs, aspirations, and foreign policy of the country they will represent at the event. Syed Tanvir Ahmed, founder and CEO of Bangladesh Model United Nations Council - BMUNC said, 'Our vision was to prepare the delegates for the International MUNs, and I am grateful to the Almighty that we have done it successfully.'

AYMUN not only involved young delegates in the study and discussion of global issues, but also encouraged in the development of skills which are useful. Their skills including research techniques, writing, public speaking, problem-solving, conflict resolution, compromise and cooperation.

The best delegates were awarded in the closing ceremony on July 08. In the closing ceremony, the chief guest was Prof. Taimor Nawaz, principal of Bangladesh Medical College. Special guest was CEO of Metro Net Bangladesh Syed Almas Kabir and the guest of honour was Tashfeen Ahmed, director of Ifad Group. The guests handed over different awards to the delegates. In AYMUN, this is the first-time delegates were rewarded with North American scholarship.

As many states move to implement standards for global citizenship, MUN is proving to be an innovative resource to prepare students for career and college success. The popularity of participating in MUN has contributed to the rapid growth of this activity over the past several decades. In fact, quite a few of today's leaders in law, government, business, and the arts participated in MUN during their academic careers.

While American International University-Bangladesh (AIUB), Prime Bank Limited and Ifad were the sponsors of the conference and Georgetown International Relations Association the academic partner, the Financial Express was a media partner of the event.

The writer is a third-year BBA student at Bangladesh University of Professionals (BUP),
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