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Mauritius launches Model United Nations Conference to sharpen students’ leadership skills

Mauritius launches Model United Nations Conference to sharpen students’ leadership skills

The Model United Nations Conference 2015 launched in Mauritius provides a platform for students to develop communication and leadership skills and also acts as a simulation of the activities of the UN, with delegates getting a clear view of the procedures, rules and regulations of the UN General Assembly and other UN bodies.(Image:Company)

The Model United Nations (MUN) has launched its 2015 Conference in Mauritius, which is a three-day event that is expected to help students sharpen their communication and leadership skills. The MUN, first organised in Mauritius on a pilot basis in 1993, is a “learning by doing” method for studying the structure and functions of the United Nations (UN).

Deliberations during the three-day conference will focus on the following: disarmament, ECOSOC, education/science and technology, environment, food security and diversity, gender, health and sports, human rights, political/peace and security, refuges/international migration, trade and development, and UNESCO.

MUN serves as the simulation of the activities of the UN, in particular the Security Council, the General Assembly and its Commissions. Accordingly, delegates will get a clear glimpse of the procedures, rules and regulations of the UN General Assembly and other bodies of the UN.

In her address at the opening ceremony, the Minister of Education and Human Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research, Leela Devi Dookun-Luchoomun, stated that the academic simulation of the United Nations not only educates young people to develop different skills but also helps them grow into global citizens and become the thought leaders of tomorrow.

The Minister noted that participants have been provided with a platform that will boost their intellectual, social, personal and cultural development. She also expressed her firm belief in giving opportunities to more and more youth to engage in activities focusing on current affairs.

“We are part of one world — what happens in one part of it has an impact upon the others. The expression‘No man is an island’ is truer than ever today. We mustalways serveas ambassadors and spokespersons of our countries, no doubt, but also be spokespersons of the world,”she concluded.

About MUN:

The MUN, which was first organised in Mauritius on a pilot basis in 1993, is a “learning by doing” method for studying the United Nations. Participants assume the roles of representatives of Member States and consider items from a vast agenda. At the end of the conference, the four best delegates are ultimately chosen to participate in an International MUN conference.

Over the years, MUN has experienced growing popularity among the youth and, as such, more and more schools are showing interest in participating in this simulation exercise.

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