Fifth Edition of G D Goenka International MUN was organized by G D Goenka Public School, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi from Friday, November3, 2017 till Sunday, November5,2017. This three-day event was made possible by dynamic foresight of the Principal, Mr Sanjay Yadav, astute planning of the Vice Principal, Mrs Swadesh Kumar, definitive direction of Chef De Cabinet, Ms Mala Aggarwal, relentless effort of the teachers and collective brainstorming of Goenkan students.
The aim of the endeavour was to inculcate critical thinking, teamwork and leadership abilities by exploring the burning issues of the world on the model of United Nations, under the theme, ‘Time to Act, Time to Change’. The conference addressed varied disciplines under nine committees such as United Nations General Assembly- DISEC, United Nations Security Council, United Nations Human Rights Council, International Atomic Energy Agency, European Union, United Nations Global Compact, Indian Film Stakeholders’ Meet, John F. Kennedy’s Cabinet and the famed Indian War Cabinet. It had about 300 delegates participating from schools from all over India.
Thorough research and heated discussions by the student delegates marked the proceedings of two days. The Executive Board invested the last hour of the session in every committee towards giving detailed and substantive feedback to all the delegates.
Appreciating the efforts of the student body of GDGoenka and highlighting the aim of this exercise, Principal, Mr Sanjay Yadav, summed up, “Our nation is embarking on a new journey. Riding a wave of economic boom, we are experiencing days filled with toil, enterprise and creative endeavours. We ensure that our students are made aware of issues and causes to which they can make a difference. A vibrant and socially conscious student community capable of enhancing the Indian Talent Pool is what we have managed to evolve into.”
Vice Principal, Mrs Swadesh Kumar, opined, “The leaders today have the duty to serve their nation’s interest while balancing it with the larger collective interest. We, at GDGIMUN, provide the students an experience that not only enriches their knowledge and tests their managerial resources but also helps them with the satisfaction of partaking in a constructive role of innovation that is a stepping stone to a peaceful, global and unified world.”
Ms Mala Aggarwal, Chef De Cabinet, added, “Model United Nations provides a platform to our potential leaders to come together to solve the global problems. It enables the young minds to dream and take decisions to make this world better. It aims to make them understand that our environment needs to be protected and that solutions can be reached amicably without fighter planes and nuclear weapons.”
The finale took place at Manekshaw Hall. Ambassador Deepak Vohra and Major General GD Bakshi discussed how India is poised to emerge as a global power to reckon with.
The conference stimulated the fertile minds of the delegates, sensitizing them to critical world issues.