Welcome to the sixth edition of the Welham Boys’ Model United Nations Conference! The WELMUN 2020 will be unique in many ways, the most obvious of which is of course its online nature. However, one thing that will remain constant will be its fabric- a fabric that will encourage heated but healthy discussions, in-depth deliberations and an ethos of empathy at the core of every solution.
As the world fights a pandemic of a magnitude never seen before, we hope that WELMUN 2020 with its theme of “Planorum Similium Partium”, will bring to the fore the desperate need of the hour to be a part than be apart. The world is in the grip of a pandemic which has crossed all boundaries of geography, religion, caste, colour, race etc. Not a country has escaped its wrath and no immediate solution seems to be in sight. At this juncture, as young student leaders of the world community we hope you will use this opportunity for serious exchange of ideas and concentrate on solutions that benefit those that need them the most. We also hope that you will come prepared to contribute positively to the conference. It is not just the number of delegates but the preparedness of delegates that will decide the success of WELMUN 2020.
Needless to say that we live in troubled times when the whole world seems to be fighting many wars at many fronts be it geographical, economical, biological or racial. Despite desperate cries for world peace which is a prerequisite of any growth, we can’t seem to raise ourselves out of the abyss of all consuming conflicts. However, Hope is eternal and most alive in the hearts, minds and souls of the Youth. We, as the elders of the world look upon you to keep this magic potion of Hope alive with your sincere efforts in doing your bit.
We may not be able to change the whole world but even if we bring a positive change to one life we will have done our bit. Let us revisit the words of Barack Obama, “Hope is not blind optimism. It is not ignoring the enormity of the task ahead or the roadblocks that stand in our path. It’s not sitting on the sidelines or shirking from a fight. Hope is that thing inside us that insists, despite all evidence to the contrary, that something better awaits us if we have the courage to reach for it, work for it, and fight for it, Hope is the belief that destiny will not be written for us but by us, by the men and women who are not content to settle for the world as it is, who have the courage to remake the world as it should be”. Let us hope for the best for the world and work towards making our hopes come true.
Ms. Sangeeta Kain
Welham Boys' School