THE SMUN VISION
In its most clinical sense, the goal of Model UN is to provide an accurate simulation of the real United Nations. It is this task of realistically simulating the workings of an organization composed of almost every sovereign nation in the world that forces delegates to learn the intricacies of state policies and principles, teaches them to unite in the face of chaos and deal with the problems the leaders of our world have been unable to by using instruments of dialogue and cooperation. The goal of Model UN is not to dominate; it is to lead. To combine different ideas, backgrounds, and approaches; to reason, collaborate, negotiate and draw on personal experience to create something that matters. To find real solutions to real problems. The goal of Model UN is to face conflict through collaboration, not confrontation.
From its modest beginnings in 1998, Sanskriti has grown to become one of the most reputed institutions in the country owing to its investment in fostering social consciousness and compassion. Model United Nations at Sanskriti began almost 9 years ago as a student initiative to develop commanding leaders; since our inaugural conference in 2012, Sanskriti Model United Nations has grown to become a close knit, passionate community involved in Model UN conferences across Asia. For 7 years Sanskriti has hosted almost 500 delegates from across the country in its annual conference; SMUN is also proud to host a diverse group of delegates from our international partners in Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Australia.
For these 9 years, SMUN has tried to promote the idea of Model UN with which we began this tradition. One that is linked to the Sanskriti philosophy itself- that critical thinking and negotiation creates powerful leaders. We remain committed to our conference philosophy- that Model UN is more than just argumentation and analysis, rather it is an exercise ultimately rooted in leadership and collaboration. We train our students in the skills of research, diplomacy, debate, and negotiation, and encourage them to take initiatives and responsibilities, thus empowering them with the ability to host, time and again, one successful conference after another.
SMUN is unique in that our secretariat invests deeply in creating committees that try to inspire a genuine understanding of global politics and international relations.
This year, as every year, we hope to leave you with not only a heightened awareness of our incredibly troubled world but an understanding of the diversity of opinion and perspective that form the foundation of the United Nations itself.
A LETTER FROM THE SECRETARY GENERAL
Dear Delegates and Faculty Advisers,
It is an honour to welcome you to the eighth edition of the Sanskriti Model United Nations Conference.
One of the biggest issues to face the Model UN community is the loss of focus. Most conferences today have forgotten the ideals upon which MUN was built. At SMUN, we consider it our duty to preserve these ideals, and continue to promote the fundamentals that MUN, as an activity, was founded upon. We teach students to lead, to mould an opportunity into something more, and to leave their mark on the world. The environment we foster encourages diversity, experience and learning.
SMUN’s approach to MUN differs from most typical conferences- we do not place much value in confrontation or conflict. We value skills such as intelligence, ingenuity, diplomacy, and research.
My five years as an MUNer at Sanskriti have taught me a great deal more than I could ever have imagined, and have changed me for the far better. I expect that each and every one of you will be able to gain something of value through this conference- and it is with this hope that I invite you to be a part of the SMUN experience.
The wide array of committees simulated this year, from the Disarmament and International Security Committee, to the All India Political Parties Meet, present before you complex and thought provoking problems of unprecedented importance. Each is designed to challenge you as diplomats and leaders, and your ultimate task is finding realistic and pragmatic solutions through collaboration and debate.
Our Secretariat comprises a group of extremely dedicated and hard working Sanskritians, who endeavour to provide you all with a delegate experience unlike any other conference, with the intention of imparting to every delegate the knowledge of what we believe to be the true foundations of MUN as an exercise, and subsequently, the philosophy that our own seniors have passed down under the SMUN umbrella for the past eight years.
From an early age, the idea of becoming a ‘future change-maker’ is something that is ingrained into the mind of every student at Sanskriti. The spirit of SMUN embodies characteristics that add value and meaning to our lives. By emphasizing on the need to inculcate these values within each and every one of ourselves, we hope to equip the young minds of today with the skills they need to tangibly become the change-makers all of us are told we should be.
During the three days of conference I hope you are all able to, in some way, develop these qualities- a healthy mix of critical thinking and analysis, empathy and understanding, despondency and intellectual curiosity.
Lastly, and most importantly, we do hope you enjoy your experience at this year’s SMUN!
Sanskriti Model United Nations 2019
S Radhakrishna Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi, Delhi 110021