“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”
This quote beautifully reflects upon and sums up the theme for WELMUN’19, "Fostering Fraternity in a Fractured World". In these times of crises across the globe, the only hope for humanity is humanity itself. With time, as mankind continued on its trajectory on this planet, we somewhat forgot that we belong to each other, and that is the true essence of mankind. It is only if we foster this, that we can foster peace in this world of ours.
The aim of WELMUN’19 is to create an interactive learning experience where students have the opportunity to reason, debate, and collaborate with other school delegates and find ways to foster fraternity in our fractured VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous) world. By the end of this three-day simulation, our hope is that the delegates feel accomplished in their efforts to think and propose solutions to resolving complex global issues of today's day and age.
It is an honour to host the fifth edition of our MUN Conference: WELMUN’19, and we warmly welcome you all, to learn, teach, have fun and make memories which you will treasure with you for a lifetime.
Dr. (Ms.) Gunmeet Bindra
It feels as if on Monday I was a member of the logistics in one of the committees in WELMUN, Tuesday, a delegate; Wednesday, a Director; Thursday, a Chairperson and on Friday, as we reach the 5th Edition of the Welham Boys’ School Model United Nations, I extend my heartiest welcome to you all as the Secretary-General of the conference.
This year, we bring to you new and interesting agendas in both, the conventional and the unconventional committees. Conventional committees such as the UN Security Council, ECOSOC, the UN Peace Building Commission and the UNGA - 1 will be discussing pressing world crises and issues, while the UN Women will host hopefully raging debates on gender equality. Unconventional committees such as the Council of Hindustan - a fictional committee based in the pre-independence era- and the All India Political Party Meet will compare and contrast nationalistic feelings of the past and the present and show us whether rationality has progressed in our country or taken step backwards.
As Model United Nations becomes a more popular and challenging activity, it also increases awareness about our rather fractured world; where the Middle East is enveloped by war, Europe by chaos, America by populist protectionism and Africa’s ‘caught in a scramble’. But, however fractured the world may seem, healing these fractures is the innate onus of organisations such as the United Nations which strives to foster peace and fraternity amongst nations.
Keeping this responsibility in mind, I assure all delegates that WELMUN’19 will be a quintessential balance of debate, learning and enjoyment. Each year, with increasing strength of delegates from various schools who become a part of this journey called WELMUN, the conference grows in aura and culture too, carrying forward the trumpet of our mighty elephant, from strength to strength.
Waiting to see you all this August!
“When the power of love overcomes the love for power the world will know peace.”
The United Nations, has made attempts to achieve this goal over the years, but these have often failed in the past. Today however, we are closer to the goal brought out in the aforementioned quote, closer than ever before. Fortunately, we are only moving further, though the pace at which we move might be a little concerning. But, as it is said, we shall look for the positives even in the negatives and use the negatives for nothing more than drawing motivation to get closer to the ultimate goal of fostering fraternity and peace in our fractured world.
The goal of complete gender equality has not been accomplished wholly yet, but the baby steps made by some nations are very heartening such as the decision in Saudi Arabia of allowing women to drive could be our driving force in striving to reach a day when gender equality is so deeply entrenched in our society that we don’t really need a Women's Day to celebrate women and the ideas of feminism. The war against terrorism might still be going on, and the Middle East might still be in a deplorable state, but the work of the United Nations in the region continues to be worthy of global commendation.
It is with this very spirit that I welcome all of you to the fifth edition of the Welham Boys’ School Model United Nations. Being a part of it in 5 different capacities over the past 5 years, I’ve seen the conference grow from strength to strength in term of both size and standard. And this year being the fifth, I hope it will be five times of whatever it has been in all various aspects over the past year, only helping us achieve our goal to provide a forum to millennials for engaging in dialogue on issues of global concern.
See you soon at Welham, this August!