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The Journey So Far…

Another New Year’s has come and passed, and now the audience is waiting for the next edition of the IITG Model United Nations. As the Secretariat is running around, placing the props, readying the lines, motions becoming more and more frantic as the looming deadline nears and the stage beckons, we begin to reflect on the journey that brought us here.

In the beginning, we were doe-eyed and inexperienced, filled with both reverence and trepidation as the legacy of the IITG MUN was passed on to us to uphold. But we learned on the job, and with the help of those-who-came-before-us, we were well on our way. As time passed, we grew more confident, and our dreams began to take shape. We wanted a conference that would have an impact on the participants – something that they not only enjoyed, but learned from. For that reason, we decided that the focus of our conference would be those issues that the world willfully ignores, but are slowly chipping away at our societies. These are the kinds of issues that are swept under the rug by powerful nations, and trampled under the feet of their weaker allies.

The first agenda is “International Accountability for Arms Trade” in DISEC. Even though it has been over half a century since the establishment of the UN, a universal agreement to monitor and control the trade of arms still hasn’t been put in place. The only assumption that can be made is that nations are unwilling to part with the profit they make from unregulated trade, that they cannot make with regulated trade. This profit is essentially money made from selling weapons to suspect buyers, who don’t have any compunctions about how the weapons are used. If this type of trade, along with the smuggling of weapons on the Black Market could be eradicated, then much of the instability in our world at the moment would immediately cease.

The second agenda is “Curtailment of Freedom of Press and Speech” in the UNHRC. To this day, there are nations in our world in which the citizens are afraid to talk on the streets, in fear of their words being misconstrued by passers-by, and them being punished by the government. For a self-purported civilized society, we still live in a woefully uncivilized manner. The inability to express oneself is merely one step away from the inability to express one’s distress. Undoubtedly, this is what these nations intend. If the people cannot speak, then the government can steal from them with nary a repercussion. Even though knowledge of such situations is readily available, the world is satisfied with merely watching them persist.

The third agenda is “Reform of the UNSC” in the UNGA. The UNSC is the international body tasked with addressing the loss of peace and security in any part of the globe. However, as of late, it has grown more and more irrelevant to the functioning of the contemporary world. At the top sit the five permanent members, each capable of denying any decision made by the rest of council, irrespective of whether they have a justification for doing so. The planning and dialogue between fifteen nations, ostensibly representing 193 countries, can be disrupted by the will of a single nation. If the organization tasked with safeguarding the world can be so crippled by the order of one country, it is a surprise we have managed to come this far without a Third World War.

Through these agendas, we hope to highlight the ‘might-is-right’ policy that nations seem to be operating on, and hopefully give our participants an opportunity to learn how to circumvent such hypocrisy through diplomacy. In the end, the success of this endeavor will be measured by the satisfaction of our guests.

At the start, we may have been nothing more than a rag-tag group of MUN enthusiasts, but now, we have developed into a well-oiled team, and the fruits of our labor are slowly beginning to sprout. The flurry backstage is hurtling towards a crescendo, and the show is nearly ready to begin. We hope to put on a performance that all of us enjoy, and can be proud to be a part of. In that vein, research well, and prepare yourselves, for:

The curtains rise on January 29th!

The Secretariat

IITG MUN 2016

 

 

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the first Word

“Ok guys you will be working in Alcheringa this year!”

“Alcheringa?”

In my head: “Yay, music, dance, concerts, celebrities!”

“You are doing the MUN.”

“The what?”

And hence, the journey of a thousand miles, began with gaping mouths. Alcheringa, always associated with fun, frolic and culture, will host sharply dressed men and women, playing “diplomat” and debating each other to shreds. Well, the idea was alluring. We’d be the pioneers of IITGMUN, and leave a legacy behind. Besides, who doesn’t like to dress up once in a while?

Anyway, as happens with every pioneer, pitfalls were queuing to litter our path as well. Every aspect of the work, from the logo placement on the website homepage, to what clips to put in the promo, never got completed without an argument. And to top it, the deadlines sometimes drove the team into a frenzy, with the query of “How much longer?” rippling down the chain of command, and coming back as “Almost done”! You know people are going completely crazy when you hear statements like “The scene in the movie Schindler’s list where Oscar pinned the badge on his whatsapp” and “Or I shall just delete that line and send it to Karan and ask him to shrink”.

Anyway, in the last few months, I did learn a few valuable lessons like “You write well if you write everyday”; “Facebook has many more uses than liking duck-face pics and posting silly updates”; “You can bring the creative guy to the poster, but you can’t make him design it” etc. As the date approaches, we look forward in anticipation of a stellar experience, and the International Press will bring you every piece of action, and reaction, as and when it comes.