About Model United Nations
Model United Nations known as MUN, is an academic simulation of the United Nations that aims to educate participants about current events, topics in international relations, diplomacy, formal sessions on current political, social and economic issues and the United Nations agenda. The participants role-play as diplomats representing a country or NGO in a simulated session of a committee of the United Nations, such as the Security Council or the General Assembly. Participants research a country, take on roles as diplomats, investigate international issues, discuss, debate, consult, and then develop solutions to ongoing global issues.
About Pamir International Model United Nations
Afghan youth are rarely given equal opportunities to develop and improve their skills and spark a positive change. Although they have the potential to play an important role in the future of their communities, they are marginalized from important decision-making processes and they are lacking diplomacy, debating and lobbying skills.
Youth Thinkers’ Society pioneered Model UN conferences by organizing the first edition of Pamir International MUN for the very first time in Afghanistan for Afghan youth and provided them a platform to learn and practice international relations/policy, diplomacy, tolerance, negotiation, debating, critical thinking, and public speaking. PIMUN is organized annually in Kabul city and simulate various UN committees with new initiatives and new topics.
Youth Thinkers’ Society successfully organized the 4th edition of Pamir International Model United Nations Conference from 29th – 31st August, 2019 at the Queen Palace, Bagh-e Babur, Kabul with the theme of “Role of Youth in achieving sustainable peace in Afghanistan.
LISTEN; SPEAK; RESOLVE
Listening is an important skill that allows us to receive, understand and evaluate information through our communications. On other hand, speaking allows us to form connections, influence decisions, and motivate change. Hence, when connections are made, ideas and solutions are generated.
As delegate in a committee, we seek to interact with each other. This interaction is made effective through two key elements of listening and speaking that each one constitute half of this process. In MUN conferences, delegates practice these skills properly and that leads them to improve their ideas and come up with a good resolution that is the basic requirement of the MUNs. The theme Listen, Speak, Resolve is chosen because it covers MUN process in a smaller scale.
1. Mr. Hekmat Khalil Karzai – Former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs
2. Ms. Muqadessa Yourish – Deputy Minister for Commerce and Industry
3. Mr. Mahmood Saikal – Former Permanent Representative of Afghanistan to the United Nations
4. Mr. Shah-Hussain Murtazavi – Advisor to the President of GoIRA on Cultural Affairs
They shared their remarks about the role of youth in building sustainable peace. Following the speech by keynote speakers, the conference was officially opened by the Secretary General of the MUN conference.
Organizing Team Formation or Structure
For the main conference, YTSO formed and organized team with following details.
Every member of organizing team was responsible of specific task to fulfil prior or on the day of conference.
Committees and Topics
Technical team of YTSO selected 6 committees with following topics to be simulated in main conference of MUN for Afghanistan program.
1. United Nations Security Council (UNSC)
a. Topic A: Finding a sustainable solution for peace in Afghanistan
b. Topic B: The Question of Sudan
2. United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
a. Topic A: The Afghan heroin trade and its reform
b. Topic B: Preventing illicit financial gain from organized crimes and drug trafficking
3. United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)
a. Topic A: The impact of economic and sanctions
b. Topic B: Empowering women entrepreneurs in developing countries
4. United Nations General Assembly (UNGA)
a. Topic A: Measures to strengthen International Counter-terrorism efforts
b. Topic B: Role of youth in achieving the sustainable development goals (SDGs)
5. United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC)
a. Topic A: Rights of disabled individuals
b. Topic B: Protect the rights of those facing the death penalty
6. International Press Forum
In charge of the Press team who would act as journalist representing the news agencies.