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
Greetings Delegates and Faculty Advisors,
As the Secretary General, it is my honour and privilege to welcome all of you to the sixth edition of the Welham Boys’ School Model United Nations. Despite months of hard work and planning, sadly we are not able to host you on our campus this year. However, we will try our best to bring the intellectual and stimulating atmosphere of our campus into this virtual conference.
Model United Nations was started for young minds to deliberate upon pressing global issues and develop
diplomatic skills at a young age that would help them throughout their lives. For a concept created with the
purpose of solving global problems and crisis, it is necessary to host this conference, even amidst many
restrictions, at a time when the world needs it the most. Let us all come together and think about how, in our little ways, we can solve the problems that pose challenges to global peace.
This year at WELMUN, we are simulating six committees in total: the United Nations Security Council (UNSC)
discusses the Indo- China situation which is an ongoing problem that needs immediate attention, the United
Nations General Assembly 1 (DISEC) discusses asymmetric warfare and the role it plays for a nation’s
sovereignty, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) demands its delegates to research the
viability of giving a legal status to a drug for recreational purposes and the International Press Corps. (IPC) gives its delegates the opportunity to further their journalist instincts and make a change through the might of the written word. There are two constant crisis committees this year. The Congo War Cabinet (CWC) takes the delegates back to the Congo Crisis of 1956 and the Council of Hindustan (COH) deliberates upon the future of the Union of India if it continues to develop under right- wing Hindu nationalists.
With these exciting committees and their agenda, we will definitely stimulate your intellectual instincts. Wishing you a meaningful and fun conference.
All the best.