Aaqib Md. Shatil

Seventeen goals and one destination - a key to a poverty-free world by 2030 - this is how the newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals of United Nations can be explained. And this year, within three months of the adoption of the goals, the Dhaka University Model United Nations Association (DUMUNA) came up with their effort to make the youth leaders aware, launching the fourth session of Dhaka University National Model UN.

The effort seems to have turned into a grand success as hundreds of students from USA, UK, South Korea, India, Nepal, Afghanistan, Sierra Leone and some other countries came to join the conference as executive board members and delegates and ended up passing nine resolution papers in the Model UN conference that is considered as the most prestigious one of the country.

The conference was inaugurated by the Vice Chancellor of the university, Professor AAMS Arefin Siddique in the Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban on December 21. The inauguration was followed by a plenary session with Wahiduzzaman Siddique as the Secretary General.

The delegates got an opportunity to interact with renowned diplomat M Humayun Kabir, Director of Economic Affairs in Bangladesh Foreign Ministry Shanchita Haque and Director (UN wing) of the same ministry Mosammat Shahanara Monica in the three “meet the dignitaries” sessions.

Fatima Muradi, an Afghan student who attended last year as a delegate, was seen serving as the Director of UNDP this year where she was conducting a discussion on sustainable industrialisation. She opined, “DUNMUN is a platform where ambitious, talented young leaders come together to practice negotiations, diplomacy, and politics.”

In another committee where Julie Farzana from USA was chairing the US Senate, racial prejudice in United States was being discussed. She said, “DUNMUN is the first ever MUN to stimulate US Senate. I am looking forward to the experience.”

The most powerful UN Security Council worked on the on-going crisis in the Middle East where the delegate of Iraq, Sushma Giri, a law student from Nepal was emphasising on the end of war in the region as she believed war and sustainable development cannot go hand-in-hand.

After four days of discussions in the committee sessions and crisis sessions, the committees passed out twenty draft resolutions. This year, nine of them were passed in the plenary session on the last day of the conference.

DUNMUN was also a platform of cultural exchange. In two back to back socials, the secretariat made arrangements of cultural activities by both organisers and the delegates. Bands Shironamhin and Oblique performed on the stage as well.

The conference ended with a closing ceremony which was followed by a gala dinner on December 24, gifting the delegates and organisers with some unforgettable memories.