Aanya Bhandari

Dear Delegates and Faculty Advisors,

As the Secretary General, it is my honour and privilege to welcome you all to the Eighth Annual Session of the Mayo College Girls’ School Model United Nations Conference from the 25th of April to the 28th of April, 2019. MCGSMUN has grown exponentially each year and we hope to build on this legacy with this year’s conference.

In an age when the world order is experiencing constant disruption and both the United Nations and Model United Nations as concepts are losing their relevance, we must ask ourselves whether the disparity around us is overpowering the solidarity within us. Keeping that question in mind, we must also apprise ourselves of the truth that diversity is not synonymous with disparity. We must embrace our diversity and let it fuel our ambition instead of letting it be the fire that burns all the bridges that take us back to our grassroots.

While the world witnesses the rise of several militant groups at the same time as the loss of innumerable indigenous languages, we helplessly repost to merge amongst the million shadows hiding behind their phone screens, using the crossbars of their hashtags to protect themselves from the execrable notions that have adulterated our minds. Peace is not only a state of mind but also a state of being.

The beauty of being a person lies in how we’re as similar to each other as we are different. This innate ability, while attributing us with unique perceptual skills and analytical abilities also implants in us the feeling of compassion and empathy that we learn to nurture through platforms such as MUNs.

We yet again promise you an exemplary assemblage of Executive Board that would skilfully help showcase each delegate’s diplomatic and researching skills, helping inculcate in them the right blend of values, to make them innovators of today and leaders of tomorrow. We look forward to your efficacious participation in the conference wherein you shall be discussing solutions to combat various debatable quandaries that have engulfed the international community.

On behalf of the organising committee and the Secretariat, I welcome you all again, for a tremendously rewarding experience this April.

With warm regards,
Aanya Bhandari
Secretary General

Devyani Chandra

“More than ever before in human history, we have a common destiny. We can master it only if we face it together. And that, my friends, is why we have the United Nations.”

-Kofi Annan (Former United Nations Secretary General)

 “We the peoples” face many complex challenges today. Armed conflicts have deepened. Climate change is moving faster than we are. Inequality and nationalism are on a rise, while trust and harmony are on the decline. But it is amongst these moments of strife that we need to come together and stand united.

The United Nations is a convoluted network of a billion dreams, hopes, and ideas: a blessing and an inheritance from some of the greatest souls. Tomorrow, some amongst us would become ministers, judges, ambassadors of our country. We will be the architects of tomorrow. However even before we are placed in such positions of responsibility, we need to discharge the most important responsibility of them all: the responsibility of being global citizens and to stand together. 

The dream that we, the Secretariat, have seen is finally close to consummation. And the most important parts of this dream are you, dear delegates, contemporary and essential fragments of innovative and challenging thoughts, ideas and visions.  Mayo College Girls’ School is throwing its doors open to the feeling of oneness. Being strong advocates of youth empowerment, we hope to see a new level of debating, brainstorming and resolution forming at the MCGSMUN 2019, along with the sense of responsibility and cohesion during the Campaign. So come, look for solidarity in disparity, this April at Mayo College Girls’ School. We hope to see you there!

With warm regards,
Devyani Chandra
Director of Campaign

Sriroopa Neogi

Dear Delegates and Faculty Advisors,

On behalf of the Mayo fraternity, it is my esteemed privilege and honour to welcome you all to the Eighth Annual Mayo College Girls’ School Model United Nations Conference, 2019.                        

Preconceived notions of the world have always been placed under the scanner, questioned, calibrated and critically analysed by the inquisitive generation. An excellent outlet to these numerous yet untapped opinions has been given to us, the youth, in the form of Model United Nations Conference, for many years.

An authentic simulation of the United Nations, Mayo College Girls’ School Model United Nations Conference aims at promoting discussions on world affairs encompassing manifold issues ranging from the integration of the rights of indigenous peoples into the international community and promotion of the integration of their rights, to the protection of a freedom which many find ways to the youth’s much celebrated social platform called the internet; from the unabated vicious cycle of terrorism and increasing challenges that breed in the Sahel region to the prolonged situation in North-east India where insurgents keep the region on boil; from the demand of a climate-neutral future to the reduction of marine degradation, preservation and conservation of the already deteriorating marine environment.

Under this backdrop of waning internationalism and dizzying change, we must continue to work together through Consensus, Collaboration and Cooperation. We must also advance ahead with our commitment to peace as our driving force to cope with these insurmountable challenges, backed with the powerful tools of diplomacy and deliberation. We must also learn forge ahead through a driving commitment to help cope with these seemingly insurmountable challenges. We plan MCGSMUN’19 to be a platform, where young minds come together and solve some of the world’s most daunting issues. We hope that delegates take the lessons learned at the conference beyond the committee room, continue to grapple with the complex issues in the world today and work towards making it a better place to live in.

We await your presence at MCGSMUN, this April!

Warm Regards,
Sriroopa Neogi
Director General

Saher Khanna

Dear Delegates and Faculty Advisors,

As the Convenor, it is my distinct honour and privilege to welcome you all to the Eighth Annual session of Mayo College Girls’ School Model United Nations. MCGSMUN has always been one of the most stimulating and invigorating conferences in the nation and has been growing exponentially for the past eight years. This year we are deeply honoured to take forward MCGSMUN’s unique focus on “Consensus, Collaboration, and Cooperation.”       

We are so caught up with our own ambiguous notions that we have lost our sensitivity to things like death and war. These things are just animated headlines to us. Over a hiatus of time, I have realized just how desensitised we have all become: we remain indifferent as long as it doesn’t directly concern us.

We remain silent when an eight year old girl gets brutally raped, we remain silent when millions of refugees are escaping from the barricades of their own homes, we remain silent when mob lynching and surgical strikes become ordinary news but, most of all we remain silent when terror lurks and haunts the very soul of those around us. And this silence becomes acceptance.

With this in mind, I urge you all to break that silence. Gone should be the years of unquestioned obedience, for it is time to stand for change, which can only be done when we stand together in these moments of strife.

I look forward to seeing you all this April, so that we may, together vanquish the sounds of silence and raise our voices for peace, harmony and solidarity in the dark times of disparity.

With warm regards,
Saher Khanna
Convenor

Asees Sandhu

Dear Delegates and Faculty Advisors,

It is with immense pleasure that I invite you to the 8th session of Mayo College Girls’ School Model United Nations.

In an undeniably globalised world, humanity seems to have lost its essence. Today, we view world issues from a superficial standpoint. From Rohingya to South Sudan, hurricanes to famine, 2018 was full of disasters and crises with a manifold increase in poverty, a multiplication in unemployment and crime, a sharp rise in corruption, and with that, immense human suffering. While worldwide strains are at a record-breaking high, the importance of the United Nations is by all accounts consistently declining. Be it because of monopolistic inclinations of the world forces or the basic absence of compelling collaboration by the global network, the United Nations gives off an impression of being going towards its inescapable downfall. As the millennials, it is our obligation to save the significance of the United Nations. It is basic that we as a whole, perceive that a world without The United Nations is no less susceptible to war than it was in 1939. The sooner we acknowledge this, the faster we can attempt to resolve it.

With an earnest intent to promote consensus, collaboration, cooperation and to foster such a dialogue, this year at MCGSMUN we offer a groundbreaking educational political simulation. Our aim  is to enable our age to break out of the idealistic fantasy that we are altogether caught in, and that enterprise begins here. It begins with you, it begins with me, it begins with us. I hope we succeed in making each individual find Solidarity in Disparity.

With warm regards,
Asees Sandhu
Head of Public Relations,

Meghna Nautiyal

Dear Delegates and Faculty Advisors,

 In a world that is plagued with travesties and conflicts, we envision this Model United Nations as a bookmark in the millions of pages of rectification that have been transcribed with this ghastly reality. This Model United Nations conference, we realise that no matter how small a role this conference might play in the world as a whole, it will significantly impact those of who are part of it in any capacity and that the main idea behind promulgating Model United Nations. While viewing from a global perspective, we tend to trivialise the scope of conferences such as Model United Nations. However, we must realise that such collective deliberation are a step towards sensitisation.

I welcome you to Mayo College Girls’ School Model United Nations 2019, a forum truly built on the theme, “Consensus, Cooperation, and Collaboration”. The seven committees simulated at the conference approach this multifaceted issue through several lenses and mandates, with the aim of effectively healing a fractured world order. With a variety in committees, from the Security Council to International Press Corps, from the Human Rights Council to the Strategic Policy Group, MCGSMUN 2019 shall serve as a powerful platform for the millennium to participate in political dialogue and discussion. The progress of delegates will be measured based not only on the soundness of their solutions but also on their ability to find solidarity in the disparity in order to lay the foundations of a new world order structured on cooperation and not confrontation.

With warm regards,
Meghna Nautiyal

Head of Human Resources

Ria Agarwal

Let there be light.

Light for the refugees who haven’t been home in years, light in that house which has lost a father fighting battles not for his country but for the politicians ruling him. Light in the heart of those children, who feel alone and lost in a world with a population exceeding 7.63 billion people. This era which is highly digitalized, revolutionized, globalized, our views are distorted and our opinions unconsciously influenced by external sources – governments, corporations, and the media – whose survival depends solely upon the information they manufacture for us to believe. Collaboration, Consensus, and Corporation are key to human progress, devoid of which orthodoxy and stagnancy will surely continue to plague humanity. We believe that the only thing worse than a conflicted society is a static society – conflict inevitably ushers in change, while stagnancy obstructs its path. Our past has been traumatic and crushing but we can build our future to be a happier place to live in. A world freed of issues confronting humanity in the 21st Century. A world that upholds national and international law, maintains peace, protects human rights and voices an individual opinion. One way or another disparity will always prevail; it is our decision to make this disparity our strength and not an excuse for World War III.

As the Head of the Core Committee for MCGSMUN, I hope all the delegates are able to find the light that sparks within us. That light which helps you choose the harder right over the easier wrong. That light which makes you pray and fight for peace essential for the well-being of every nation. This year MCGSMUN takes a step ahead in reminding its delegates that the UN is not obsolete, that Model UN is not merely beneficial, but it is indeed necessary.

With warm regards,
Ria Agarwal
Head of the Core Committee

Areshva Mir

“If everyone fought for their own convictions there would be no war.”

― Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace

Our inclination to engage in war is still a fact. But wisdom born of experience should tell us that war is anachronic. There may soon come a time where we abandon our humanity and surrender to dread and barrenness in sight of the weapons we have ourselves made. We won’t build a tranquil world by walking a negative path. It isn’t sufficient to state “War is bad.” It is important to actively seek peace and penance for it. We should focus not only on the negative removal of war, but on the positive insistence of tranquillity.

There must exist among us a faith that mankind will somehow rise up to the occasion and give new directions to an age drifting rapidly to its doom. It is only through consensus, collaboration and consensus that we may shape a future for ourselves where the innocent are not written off as collateral damage, where the silenced are given a voice, where the young look forward to growing, where we are all, in body and mind and spirit, liberated from the chains of fear.

We still have a choice today: nonviolent coexistence or violent co-demolition. There is a benefit and burden upon us all who consider ourselves bound by devotions and loyalties which are more extensive and more profound than patriotism and which go past our country’s defined goals. We are called to represent the feeble, for the voiceless, for the casualties of our country and for those it calls “adversary,” for no document from human hands can make these people any less our siblings.

With warm regards,
Areshva Mir
Director of International Press


Mrs. Rashmi Thakur & MS. Monali Sharma

MUN Coordinator & Assistant MUN Coordinator

FROM THE MUN COORDINATORS’ DESK

Across ages the world has witnessed the rise and fall of varied inequalities. The indefatigable spirit of humanity spurs the theme of  evolution and life continues, sweeping away with it all that does not blossom into perfection. With an ever-greater disparity between the world’s haves and have-nots, actions have been taken to remove the imperfections and heal the last man suffering. An underlying theme of these activities is to connect people and make them directly visible to one another; thus the integrating concept of the “solidarity” cutting across primordial loyalties. The world has witnessed catastrophic war, human rights violations, underdevelopment, persecution in the name of religion, region, and struggle for freedom, despair; amidst all these we have also witnessed peace, negotiations, cooperation, resolutions, agreements, hope- with faith in other’s commitments to shared purposes

The time has come to arrive at mid-course correction and explore the potentialities of plural possibilities. Much water is going to flow under many bridges before any of these ideas of solidarity among disparity are vociferously discussed on a global platform amongst nations. The time has come that these issues are raised and discussed and more public pressure could lead to some positive changes, not just within nations but also among nations in a more global atmosphere.

At a time when human needs are overshadowed by callousness and Xenophobia speaks louder than reason, the need of the hour is to recognize the common humanity and contribute, in equitable measure, to the sharing of responsibility among political and community leaders and to speak out against discrimination and intolerance instead of supporting leaders who win votes through fear mongering and divisiveness.

Freedom and responsibility are necessary counterparts. We are responsible and accountable to someone for our duties but also, as the word implies, we respond to challenges and opportunities in our individual and collective lives, committing ourselves to a certain line of conduct .We must strengthen our international systems and countries must honor their international legal obligations. This is the time to build bridges and not walls amongst the people of the world.

We at MCGSMUN are trying to take a step forward in this direction, to strengthen the key element of Unity, Empathy and Solidarity amongst the leaders of tomorrow and to keep the flagship of hope flying high amidst real and perceived disparity. To our clarion call for a Better Tomorrow we look forward to your participation so as to proactively collaborate to resurrect an equitable and global world.

SYEDA ASIA

MUN Advisor

Syeda Asia is the founding member of LEARN, an initiative in life skills education. She is currently pursuing her PhD in organisational studies at Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics. She has worked for education policy implementation under Gandhi Fellowship in rural Rajasthan. Asia is involved in curriculum consultation to Rishi Valley Rural Education Centre – Krishnamurthi Foundation India for content curation in enrichment courses for in-service faculty.  Her research in the field of education and organisational anthropology has been recognised at international platforms such as 25th European Conference on South Asian Studies, Paris, France and UNESCO’s Transforming Education Conference for Humanity 2018. She is the recipient of the Emerging Scholars Award at the 19th International Conference on Knowledge, Culture and Change in Organisations, Vancouver, Canada.