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.
Over 100 students from the Management Development Institute of Singapore in Tashkent (MDIST), the University of World Economy and Diplomacy, Tashkent Institute of Irrigation and Melioration, the Uzbek State University of World Languages and Westminster International University in Tashkent (WIUT) converged on the fourth Model UN Conference at WIUT on February 14-15.
The opening ceremony for the conference was attended by WHO Representative in Uzbekistan Asmus Hammerich, First Deputy Rector of WIUT Alan France, and Deputy Director of WIUT for Social Affairs Nizom Kadirov.
The students simulated the sessions of the UN General Assembly, the UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs and UNESCO. In what has become a tradition, the delegates first presented their countries’ positions on the theme proposed, participated in informal and general debates and went on to develop and adopt a Resolution, the final document of the conference.
The second day of the conference included a cultural event put together by student delegates, who represented various countries, and a certificate awards ceremony. The most active participants of the conference were honored with presents provided by the UN Representative Office in Uzbekistan. Also honored were winners of the first Public Speaking Tournament organized by UNIC on February 6 as part of Model UN. Three of the 24 contestants, who delivered speeches on particular themes, were selected as winners. The top three speakers are Abror Nazarov (1st place), Roman Kuak (2nd place) and Gulbegim Holmirzayeva (3rd place).