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Friday, 5 May 2017

MUN@Neev: WIMUN Diaries - Day 4

Tuesday – 2 May 2017

Today we finished the final resolution as a committee. We finished the review using the Vienna Formula and we moved on to the line-by-line review. In this stage, we learnt how to apply preambular and operative terms (further, recommends, suggests, ... ).

Committee I
Our Vienna formula session took very long but we managed to finish it and moved on to the review where we went through each line and proposed amendments. If the sponsors agreed to the amendments, the paragraph was marked 'agreed as ref ', if not, we opened the floor to informal consultations with other delegates.
Throughout this process, I reflected on the importance of time management and communication skills.

Committee III
After we had finished the first line by line review, we realised the need to shorten the resolution (ours was 24 pages long!). I came up with the idea that we could segregate the operative paragraphs under their topics and make one paragraph for each. Soon, everything was organized and we managed to finish in time. 
 
My greatest learning was when I had stood up and took charge at the time when I felt my committee had come to a halt. I applied and developed my leadership, time management and organisational skills.

- Naviya and Sarah

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Sarah and Aarushi, two of the sponsors of the resolution, take charge of the discussions


 

MUN@Neev: WIMUN Diaries - Day 3

Monday – 1 May 2017

Today, it was the second day of our committee sessions. Some of us had finished our opening speeches yesterday, and rest of us finished them today. After the speeches, the committee reorganised itself in blocks, political or regional, such as the European Union, G77, etc. We interacted with other delegates to draft a resolution by discussing common issues and building consensus. While writing our resolution we kept in mind the requirements of preambular and operative paragraphs, as taught by Mr Eric Leiden.

We were all very disciplined and formal, and in some time we were able to create a draft resolution within our own groups. We then began informal consultations leading up to the review. 

- Naviya and Sarah 

Review Session - General Assembly I
 
Informal Consultations - General Assembly III

All set for Prom Night

[ Photos: MUN@Neev]

Thursday, 4 May 2017

MUN@Neev: WIMUN Diaries - Day 2

Sunday 30 April 2017

The morning started with a training by Mr Erik Leiden, in which he gave us an introduction to the UN and its procedures. He discussed the skills and the knowledge we needed to make the most of the committee sessions. 

Soon after, in the Opening Plenary, we were briefed about what we would be doing in the MUN. We then dispersed to our respective committees (General Assemblies and Security Councils) for the delegates' opening speeches. 

The topic, that all the committees were working on this year, was the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals for 2030. There are 17 SDGs -- ICT, Youth Development, Gender Equality among others.

What we liked best was Mr Erik’s outstanding presentation. It was filled with activities and taught us all we needed to participate in our very first MUN

- Ved and Aaryan
Breakfast before work
Ready to take on important issues


Sustainable Development Goals [Photo: srasiaconference2015.wordpress.com, September 2015]

Cultural and Karaoke Night
[Photos: MUN@Neev]

MUN@Neev: WIMUN Diaries - Day 1



Saturday – 29 April 2017

We embarked on our journey our spirits soaring. The perfect start to our trip was stopping at the Delhi Haat, where we browsed the stalls -- clothes, jewellery, food and so much more. We discovered the unique diversity of India. 

At the conference venue, our spirits only lifted higher as the opening ceremony was interesting and thought-provoking. The training session, the first of many to come, was very informative and taught us about the difference between the UN and MUN.

From the Delhi Haat to the lectures of inspiring speakers, the day was an incredible start to the MUN experience.

- Navya Sahay

Sunday, 16 April 2017

MUN@Neev - Campaigning to be President of the General Assembly

Miss Anushree Arora from Grade 8 has been shortlisted for the post of the President of the General Assembly, WIMUN. This is her campaign video.

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[MUN@Neev team]

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

MUN@Neev - Webinar (2nd April 2017)


On 2nd April, the students of Grade 7 and FB experienced their very first WIMUN webinar with more than 100 students from around India! The webinar was held by the organizers of the WIMUN India 2017, Finn Carlson and Chris Siakkas. On behalf of all the students who attended the webinar from our school, I can say that the webinar was a wonderful and educational experience.


We got to learn so much from Finn about the procedures of the conference and how each stage will take place. In the end, we were also allowed to have a live question and answer session in which we were able to clear our several doubts about WIMUN India 2017.

We also learnt about the meanings and importance of the different
organs of the UN. The major advantage of the webinar, was that we had a dedicated section in the last 15 minutes, to ask questions and get them answered for each of the different things that we learnt from the webinar.

Mehr Sohal
Abinav Venkatagiri

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

MUN@Neev - Discussion with Miss Katherine Bonner



Over two days, we had the privilege of speaking to Miss Katherine Bonner via Skye. Miss Bonner is the Under-Secretary General of WIMUN. She had started participating in MUN when she was in 9th Grade, around the same age as us.

It was great to know that the WIMUN is an excellent platform as we take our first steps in MUN.

During the Skype call, she explained what happens in the sessions and what is expected of delegates. She briefly outlined the background of WIMUN and the procedures it follows. The session begins with the plenary, during which all committees meet and discuss the agenda. The main agenda for this year’s WIMUN is the 2030 sustainable development goals set by the UN. After the plenary, we meet as committees and have a Formal Debate. In this, the delegates are required to give a speech of 2-4 minutes on the topic. Miss Bonner also gave us the basic structure of the speech and the kind of language to be used while addressing the rest of the delegates. Following this discussion, we will have a time during which we can move around and talk to other delegates informally. We also found out that we would be part of blocs (groups of countries with similar interests), and would have to make a resolution document for each bloc, and then combine them.

We learnt that we should put in a lot more preparation, effort and research to be ready for the WIMUN conference. Our biggest learning was the consensus model that it is not about getting our solution imposed, but creating a solution that each country would be more or less happy with – it is about compromise.

“If something is not agreed on, then find a way for everyone to agree.”