On May 3-4, the University of World Economy and Diplomacy (UWED) hosted its 10th Model UN Conference, organized with support from the UN Office in Tashkent and attended by over 170 students from 23 Uzbek higher education institutions.
Delivering welcome remarks at the start of the conference, UN Resident Coordinator in Uzbekistan Stefan Priesner said that the Uzbek youth’s interest in the UN role-play event is growing year after year. He also underlined the significance of UWED as the host of the conference because it trains future diplomats that must have effective negotiation skills. Mr. Priesner reminded those gathered that each MUN conference should focus on three UN pillars: respect for human rights, the Sustainable Development Goals, and mitigation of climate change consequences.
This year’s conference drew students from a record number of 23 higher education schools from Andijan, Bukhara, Fergana, Gulistan, Jizzakh, Namangan, Navoi, Samarkand and Urgench, as opposed to 13 institutions last year.
The conference participants sat in four General Assembly committees that focused on: strengthening of regional and international scientific and technology ties in the provision of international security; efforts to create sustainable peace; peacemaking in a post-conflict world; and Security Council measures to ensure peaceful use of cosmic space.
On the second day of the conference, the audience was treated to dance and singing performances by students.
The students that gained important skills in discussing global problems and making crucial decisions were given MUN Conference Certificates. Participants that demonstrated distinctive activity were honored with commemorative presents in the Best Delegate, Best Delegation, Best Report and Best Costume categories by the UN Office in Uzbekistan and the UWED MUN Club.
On April 15, the Academic Lyceum of Westminster International University in Tashkent (WIUT) hosted its first-ever Model UN Conference titled “Women’s Rights and Steps of Development against Gender Discrimination”. It was put together with support from the UN Information Office.
Prior to the conference, lyceum teachers helped students to increase their awareness of the UN system’s core values, its mission and activities. The staff of the UN Information Center provided major support with the conference. They held a MUN training session, provided online coverage of the event, and concluded it with a certificate presentation ceremony.
While this was the first MUN Conference at the WIUT Academic Lyceum, the UN role-play event at the University itself has become a tradition as it has already had four such conferences, and is slated to host its fifth on 3 May.
The conference was an opportunity for the students to gain first experience in holding debates as well as international relations and public diplomacy, and get a taste of what it’s like to be a UN delegate.
As many as 132 students from thirteen universities came together at the University of World Economy and Diplomacy (UWED) on May 16-17 to role-play delegates at a Model UN conference. Organized with assistance from the UN Information Office, the conference marks ten years since its launch in Uzbekistan.
This is the first time a MUN conference in Uzbekistan has welcomed students from thirteen Tashkent, Urgench, Andijan, Gulistan and Navoi universities. The participants simulated sessions of the fifth committee of the General Assembly, the World Health Assembly and the UN Security Council. The UN Security Council session focused on problems related to stability and security in Afghanistan while the delegates of the UN General Assembly session discussed speedy measures to develop and reform the UN system. The World Health Assembly focused its discussions on international efforts to fight the threat of global epidemic diseases.
Following general and informal debates on the first day of the conference, each session of the committee adopted resolutions. The next day, the most active participants of the sessions were awarded certificates and presents by the UN Information Office.
The MUN conference at UWED was attended by students representing the Uzbek State World State Languages University, Tashkent Institute of Oriental Studies, Westminster International University in Tashkent, Andijan, Gulistan and Urgench State Universities, the Management Development Institute of Singapore in Tashkent, Tashkent Financial Institute, Turin Polytechnic University in Tashkent, Inha University in Tashkent, Tashkent Institute of Railway Transport Engineers and Navoi Pedagogical Institute.