Kids from 118 schools take part in mock UN session

October 17th, 2008 - 8:25 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Oct 17 (IANS) Is reunification of the Korean peninsula a distant dream or will Palestinians ever have a place to call home? Kids from 118 schools across the country, Indonesia and the SAARC nations are debating these burning issues confronting the world at a stimulated global session of the United Nations assembly here.The seventh edition of the three-day Indian Model United Nations Conference (INMUN) is in progress at the Scope Complex in the capital and is being sponsored by the Ryan International Group of Institutions, which has 110 schools across the country.

“Children are always busy with their scholastic syllabus, examinations and sports’ day and annual day, but Ryan is preparing the children for life,” Grace Pinto, director of the Ryan Group of International Schools, told IANS.

Such mock sessions are very popular in the US.

“I personally attended a mock UN session in New York and took a team of students to the Presidential Classroom at the White House in Washington D.C. where they learnt art of international politics from the Congressmen.”

“Since then, every year students from the Ryan School speak at the banquet dinners of the Presidential Classrooms. I want to create global leaders for tomorrow and the children will have to develop world perspectives on current issues,” Pinto said.

The session chaired by secretary general, chosen after meticulous screening and written tests, chair and vice-chair - all students - have been divided into first committee, second committee, third committee, the Security Council, Economic and Social Council and the unmoderated lobbying groups.

While the first committee is discussing disarmament and international security, the second committee has taken up economic and financial reforms.

The third committee is debating defamation of religions. The INMUN has also added two new committees to its list this year - the Peace Building Commission and the International Monetary Fund.

The Peace Building Commission pitched for peace in Sierra Leone and Burundi and the International Monetary Fund delegates expressed concern over hawala and money laundering.

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