About 3000 delegates from 35 countries convened in Boston for the fifty eighth session of Harvard Model United Nations from Jan 27-30, 2011 to simulate diplomats, NGOs, and journalists focusing on the United Nations. Aditya Agarwalla of Class XI ‘F’ represented Amnesty International in the Non-Governmental Organisational Program which is unique to Harvard Model United Nations and won the Award for ‘Outstanding Delegate’. To shine out amongst 3000 participants from 200 high schools from all over the world is indeed a remarkable achievement.
Harvard Model United Nations is a four-day international relations simulation for high school students held annually in downtown Boston. At HMUN, delegates gain insight into the workings of the United Nations and the dynamics of international relations by assuming the roles of UN representatives and members of other international bodies and national cabinets. HMUN is an exciting opportunity for students to debate issues that confront world leaders and to draft resolutions in response to these global issues.
The NGO program serves to provide committees a NGO presence and authority during debate, while at the same time serves to allow delegates in the program to get a wide exposure to different committees in HMUN. During the Conference, NGO delegates visit committees with topics that are relevant to specific field of expertise (eg. human rights, environment). NGO delegates are treated like committee delegates, except they do not have voting rights, and they will also have the ability to make short presentations to the committee.
The NGO delegates are able to influence the course of events by putting their backing behind certain resolutions, as well as interacting with other delegates and helping to forge the creation of resolutions or amendments.
In 1927, Harvard held its first annual Model League of Nations, followed by the first Model United Nations conference in 1953. This longevity and the dynamic that only a conference of our size can provide make HMUN the preeminent simulation of its kind in the world.
True to the spirit of the United Nations, founded in 1945, HMUN strives to foster a constructive forum for open dialogue on complex global issues, including international peace and security and economic and social progress. HMUN stresses the in-depth examination and resolution of pressing issues, emphasizing process over product. During the conference, students learn the importance of balancing national interests with the needs of the international community, while also learning about the powers and limitations of international negotiation