03 Sep Dhaka University National Model United Nations: Empowering Youths
Dhaka University National Model United Nations (DUNMUN), the 3rd Conference was held from the 21-24 December, 2014 organised by the Dhaka University Model United Nations Associations (DUNMUNA). Keeping in mind the approaching deadline for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the deliberations of the international community to finalise the next set of sustainable development agenda, the theme of the conference was “Empowering Youth for Sustainable Development”.
The four day long DUNMUN hosted young students from across the country who participated as role-play diplomats for 193 member states of the UN in 10 separate committees. This was held at the Nobab Nowab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban of the university. The ceremony, inaugurated DU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr. AAMS Arefin Siddique formally inaugurated the conference as chief guest while UN Resident Coordinator in Bangladesh, Argentina Matavel Piccin was present as guest of honor. Counselor of Cultural Affairs of the Chinese Embassy in Dhaka Chhen Chung, DU Professor Dr. Delwar Hossain of the Department of International Relations and Md Moniruzzaman, Officer -in Charge of United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) were present as special guests of the opening ceremony of the conference. DU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr AAMS Arefin Siddique during his speech mentioned that Bangladesh has been playing a leading role in UN peace keeping missions worldwide and is contributing significantly to ensure world peace and human rights.
He urged the delegates to be active partners for sustainable development initiatives of the world by representing their respective educational institutions and also the country. The Vice Chancellor laid emphasis on the proper understanding of the UN systems by the students so that they would be able to accomplish their responsibilities more effectively.
DUMUNA, the first MUN club in Bangladesh, has been arranging DUNMUN since 2012. It works for the development of intellectual as well as organizational capacity of the youth by promoting MUN conferences, to be a fabulous platform for diplomatic practice among the youth, in Bangladesh through voluntarism.
With a call to spread the message of peace and prosperity, the four-day Dhaka University Model United Nations Association (DUMUNA) conference ended with the delegates from different universities preparing resolutions on the global potentials and challenges in achieving millennium development goals (MDGs), security and on economic growth. The final segment, award ceremony, took place at the senate building of DU where 10 teams comprising students of the university were awarded for excellence in different categories. Faiyaz Murshid Kazi, Director (UN), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, handed over crests and certificates to the awardees.