The third edition of Bhavan’s Model United Nations, a one-and-a-half-day event was convened at Indian Educational School, Kuwait (Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan) on 3 November with a formal inaugural ceremony graced by Josephine Moss, the UN Co-ordination specialist in the office of the United Nations Resident Coordinator, Kuwait.
The event commenced with the lighting of the traditional lamp, followed by the UN Anthem.
In her address, Ms. Moss enlightened the gathering with a thought provoking speech on ‘Sustainable Development Goals.’ She gratefully and appreciatively mentioned H.H. the Amir of Kuwait’s generous contributions of $1.5 billion towards the United Nations Human Rights Council.
She also called for a collaborative effort by the student community and the UN, for achieving a society which is technically advanced and humanitarian value based. She also opined that there can be deliberations on ‘human rights violations’ in the forthcoming editions of BMUN. She emphasized the fact that today's youth, the future diplomats should have the ability to solve problems, and to shoulder responsibilities for which these kinds of simulations of the UN pave a path. She applauded the painstaking efforts taken by the Bhavan’s MUN Club for hosting such a meaningful deliberation at Bhavan’s BMUN 2016.
Principal T Premkumar presented Ms. Moss with a memento and expressed his gratitude for accepting the invitation and speaking to the delegates.
The ceremony gathered momentum with ‘Gavel Handing Over’ by Mr. Premkumar.
The simulation witnessed a strong clash of ideologies of the 48 potential contestants representing various schools in Kuwait.
The third edition was diverse by all means as there were four parallel committees such as The General Assembly deliberating on Brexit and its aftermath and on Non- Proliferation Treaty (NPT), The Historic Security Council debating on Kargil War with a freeze period of May 1999, ICC (International Cricket Council) an unconventional committee, which is the first of its kind on a UN platform discussing ‘the Impact Of Premier Leagues on Cricket’, last but not the least the World Media Council ‘WMC’ where students played the role of the reporters and presented their reports of their respective committees at regular intervals.
Dr. Prathap Unnithan, a toastmaster, currently serving in the dental causality department at Amiri Hospital, adjudged the speaking skills of the delegates.
Summit of excellence was put up by the MUN core committee. The committee was adjourned by three in the afternoon of the first day with updates leading to its next day’s progress.
On day two, the committee proceedings had the framing and voting of the draft resolutions officially drafted by the different blocs within the committee.
The official proceedings of the valedictory function had Mahesh Iyer, the principal, SMART Indian School, Kuwait as the guest of honor. Sriee Aswathaman, a member of the organizing committee BMUN-2016 welcomed the guest of honour, dignitaries, delegates, faculty advisors and parent community to the event.
The stalwarts of BMUN 2016, the delegates came and shared their incredible experiences, and journey with BMUN. Jaidev Shriram, a delegate from FAIPS-DPS mentioned that there was no parallel to BMUN and thanked Bhavans for organizing a ‘top-notch unmatchable event.’
The prize distribution ceremony was hosted by Shiv Govind Dahima, the Secretary General of BMUN -2016.
Mr. Iyer, Mr. Premkumar and the senior vice principal, IES, Suresh V Balakrishnan gave away the trophies for the Best Delegate and the Best Position Paper of each committee. The overall trophy of BMUN 2016 was bagged by FAIPS-DPS Kuwait.
Addressing the gathering, Mr. Iyer, reminisced an incident from the life of his role model Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam where Dr. Kalam contradicted a dream of a teacher on cloning her student as another Kalam. He wanted the child to scale greater heights instead, and soar through the indefinite space flapping his wings of fire. Citing the incident, he bore down on the importance of each one having his own custom made identity in order to make a distinguishing mark in the society.
Mr. Premkumar acknowledged the efficient portrayal of togetherness and professionalism by the Core Committee comprising Shiv Govind Dahima, Dhruv Jani, Raj Bankoda, Akash Kalantre, Urvish Chokshi, Rohit Chandrahas, Pankuri Bhandari, Srivatsan Shridhar, and Sai Krishnan, the students of Grade 11 of Indian Educational School, Kuwait. He appreciated Meenakshi Nayyar, the HoD, Social Studies, IES as well as the Chief Organizer, BMUN, and to Aswathaman, a member of the French Faculty, IES, the Co-Organizer, BMUN for their efforts.
He thanked the principals of the participating schools for accepting the invitation and promised that BMUN 2017 would be an ‘MUN with a lot of FUN’”.
Mr. Balakrishnan made a strong mark in his speech emphasizing the necessities of leadership qualities amongst the future generations and expressed his contentment in the paramount manifestation of leadership qualities at BMUN-2016.
BMUN 2016 also witnessed a rare occurrence on a UN platform. A newsletter comprising reports from various committees, edited and worked on by the WMC Committee was released by Mr. Iyer.
Ms. Nayyar thanked Mr. Menon for his constant support and guidance. She also thanked the guest of honor, Principal, and Vice Principal, IES Kuwait for the support and assistance.
BMUN 2016 was officially adjourned by the secretary general until further notice, giving everyone enough room for the relentless contemplation of the deliberated issues, and the issues yet to be deliberated at BMUN 2017.