Empowering Youth for a Sustainable Future and Global Advocacy through MUN
- 14 November 2023
“Sustainable Future is the need of the day and it’s the responsibility of today’s youth to rectify past mistakes” says Dr. Shalivahan, Director Department of Petroleum Engineering & Earth Sciences, IIPE, Chief guest at the UNCRC MUN. The inaugural edition of UNCRC MUN, hosted by Oakridge International School Visakhapatnam, concluded successfully, leaving a significant mark in the registers of student advocacy and global dialogues on sustainable development.
Students from diverse schools actively participated in comprehensive two day discussions, sharing perspectives on crucial Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) such as climate action (SDG 13), life below water (SDG 14), and life on land (SDG 15). They not only highlighted individual efforts but also fostered a collaborative environment dedicated to achieving these vital SDGs. The discussions also touched upon international conflicts, including the Ukraine and Russia war, the Israel and Palestine conflict, and their relevance to the imperative of protecting child rights in conflict zones.
Shaila Bhamidipati, Principal of Oakridge Visakhapatnam, expressed pride in launching the first edition UNCRC MUN 2023 – “Youth for a Sustainable Future.” She highlighted the passionate exploration of UN Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG) and UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) by students from various schools, emphasizing the cultivation of skills, global consciousness, and enduring friendships. “This transformative platform marks the beginning of a journey where diplomacy is celebrated, and resilient leaders are shaped for a brighter tomorrow in alignment with the SDGs” she added.
“As we engaged in fruitful debates about environmental and international conflicts , we not only gained a newfound awareness of the world but also an exhilarating experience and a passion for debate”, says Mr Srivardhan, Secretary General, UNCR MUN 2023.
Delegates representing different nations emerged from the conference enriched with invaluable insights and a profound sense of accomplishment. They collectively expressed a desire for the continuation of such initiatives, hoping to further cultivate a thriving Model United Nations (MUN) culture within the city.