NIMUN ’20 witnessed a successful run of its 9th installment, and took place at NUST Islamabad campus from January 9-12, 2020. The event was set in motion with a felicitous opening ceremony, graced with highly esteemed guests in attendance. The Chief Guest, Permanent representative of Pakistan to the United Nations, Mr Muneer Akram, endowed the attendees with some words of wisdom. The baseline theme, “Humanity Above All,” and the topics of discussion pivoted upon all 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In comparison to the previous editions, the circle for discussions on world issues this year was upgraded. All 16 committees simulated and served as catalysts to enlighten the youth and make them more socially as well as politically aware of the world around them.
The UNDP session was the highlight of the conference, allowing delegates to interact with reputed guests and diplomats. The guests for the occasion included Minister Moeed Yusuf, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on National Security Division, Ignacio Artaza, UNDP Country Representative, and Dr Simbal Khan who is a Peace & Development Expert, among others. The productivity of the committee sessions in the four days was revitalised with social nights; nurturing friendliness and promoting an informal atmosphere of interaction between the participants hailing from diverse backgrounds, in hopes of exposure and exchange of goodwill.
The Global Ramp walk featured an amalgamation of countries under one roof, in all their glory. The carnival, “Shaam-e-Khaas”, witnessed an exceptional performance by artist Uzair Jaswal with assorted food stalls to provide refreshments for the delegates, followed the spellbinding talent of Jal The Band at the Musical Night.
The final day featured the closing ceremony, with the Principal and Dean NBS, Dr Naukhez Sarwar, and members of the faculty as the audience. NIMUN ’20 concluded with the themed hi-tea, which symbolised the motto “Winter Solstice”, perfectly encompassing the colorful reflections of the season.
The success of NIMUN ’20 was based on the discourse on the most pressing issues around the world, discussed by the torchbearers of humanity – the youth. It also showed the side of Pakistan not commonly portrayed, the side working towards prosperity and peace.
January 16, 2020