DHAKA UNIVERSITY NATIONAL

 

MODEL UNITED NATIONS – DUNMUN

Dhaka University National Model United Nations (DUNMUN) is a Model United Nations conference of Bangladesh held in the University of Dhaka.

DUNMUN is considered as the most prestigious and the largest Model United Nations conference in Bangladesh and one of the largest Model United Nations conferences in Asia.

Youths from different corners of the world can take part in this Model United Nations conference as delegates in order to discuss on global issues and get a solution of those issues on their own.

A delegate can gain insight into the modus operandi of the United Nations and the dynamics of international politics by playing the role of a diplomat and representing a country or an organization.

Dhaka University Model United Nations Association (DUMUNA) organizes this conference annually since 2012.

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Number of sessions
2500
Number of delegates
40
Number of resolutions passed
100
Number of agendas discussed

DUNMUN

2012

The first ever DUNMUN conference was held from 23 to 26 December 2012. The conference was held at Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban of the University of Dhaka.

Around 200 students from 28 universities from different corners of the country participated in the four days long conference which was held under the theme- ‘Toward Developing Global Partnership for Sustainability’.

DUMUNA arranged a workshop for the delegates who were selected to take part in the conference by the DUNMUN Secretariat prior to the conference. The first session accommodated six committees including Economic and Financial Committee, Social Cultural and Humanitarian Committee, United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Security Council, World Bank, and United Nations Special Committee for Bangladesh Affairs.

Several draft resolutions were prepared and submitted by the committees and the final resolutions were passed by the conference. The conference ended up with a closing ceremony which was attended by the honourable Vice Chancellor of the University of Dhaka Professor Dr. AAMS Arefin Siddique as the chief guest. The Bangladesh Foreign Ministry official Shamim Ahsan, Vice Chancellor of ASA University Dr. Dalim Chandra Borman were also present as guests.

After a charming cultural night the program ended with a grand dinner.

DUNMUN

2013

The second session of DUNMUN was organized by DUMUNA at the Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban of the University of Dhaka in collaboration with the UNIC Dhaka.

The conference was held from September 17 to September 20 of 2013 with the participation of 500 students from 36 institutions under the theme – ‘Uphold Humanity, Attain Peace’. There were 36 campus ambassadors from the institutions of Bangladesh and 6 more from abroad.

The conference was inaugurated by the Chief Guest of the ceremony Vice Chancellor of the University of Dhaka Professor Dr. AAMS Arefin Siddique, while the President of DUMUNA Fayez Ahmed chaired the session. The ceremony was attended by the Vice Chancellor of the North South UniversityAmin U Sarker and Officer-in-Charge of UNIC Dhaka Kazi Ali Reza.

DUNMUN 2012 consisted of eight committees – Economic and Financial Committee, United Nations Security Council, United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Human Rights Council, Social, Cultural and Humanitarian Committee, World Bank, United Nations Special Committee for Bangladesh Affairs, World Health Organization and World Trade Organization.

On the second day of the conference the committees started their proceedings and delegates locked themselves in debates and negotiations. Delegates also took part in a cultural event that was held in the evening of that day at the TSC Auditorium.

The third day was marked by idea exchange session in the evening of the conference along with committee sessions. Two special plenary sessions entitles ‘Meet the Diplomats’ was the attraction of the conference as the participants bagged the opportunity to meet and share experiences with two former diplomats, Mr. Ashfaqur Rahman and Mr. Jamil Majid.

On the final day the committees submitted their draft resolution papers and handful of them were passed. The best position papers, special mentioned, outstanding ans best delegates of the conference were awarded in the award giving ceremony.

The closing ceremony was attended by Treasurer of the University of Dhaka Professor Dr. Kamal Uddin as the chief guest. UNDP Deputy Country Director Mr. Nick Beresford, Vice Chancellor of BRAC University Dr. Ainun Nishat, Vice Chancellor of ASA University Dr. Dalim Chandra Borman and UNIC Dhaka Officer-in-Charge Mr. Kazi Ali Reza were present as the guests of honour. A banquet session was held after the closing ceremony.

DUNMUN

2014

The third session of the largest Model United Nations of the country was held from December 21 to December 24 of 2014 at the Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban. 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 was chosen as Empowering Youth for Sustainable Development for the DUNMUN 2014.

DUNMUN 2014 had ten committees. The committees are United Nations Security Council, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNODC, United Nations Development Programme, United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Human Rights Council, Social, Cultural and Humanitarian Committee, World Bank, Special Committee for Bangladesh Affairs and Ad Hoc Committee for Intelligence Agency.

The opening ceremony was inaugurated by Vice Chancellor of the University of Dhaka Professor Dr. AAMS Arefin Siddique while UN Resident Coordinator in Bangladesh, Argentina Matavel Piccin was present as guest of honour on December 21.

The ceremony was attended by Professor Delwar Hossain from the Department of International Relations of the University of Dhaka, the councilor of Cultural Affairs from the Embassy of Mr. China Chen Shuang, and the Officer-in-Charge of UNIC Dhaka Md Moniruzzaman.

The opening ceremony was followed by a cultural event entitled Bangladesh Night. The members of DUMUNA presented the culture of Bangladesh to the delegates from different institutions of different corners of the world.

On the second day, the committees started their proceedings and discussions on their agenda with a view to prepare a resolution. Delegates of different countries argued and stressed their stand.

DUNMUN 2014 was marked by cultural exchanges between the students from 13 separate countries. The International Night that was held on December 22 included performances from the delegates and they were given the floor to represent the culture of their countries.

On the third day, committees continued their sessions to reach an agreement over the agenda given to them.

On the final day of the conference, nine of the ten proposed resolutions were passed in the plenary session that was followed by a closing and award giving ceremony session.

In the award ceremony, delegates of the ten committees were awarded for excellence in different categories. Faiyaz Murshid Kazi, Director (UN) from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, handed over crests and certificates to the awardees while the Officer-in-Charge of UNIC Dhaka Mr. Md. Moniruzzaman was present.

DUNMUN

2015

Seventeen goals and one destination – a key to a poverty-free world by 2030 – this is how the newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals of United Nations can be explained. And this year, within three months of the adoption of the goals, the Dhaka University Model United Nations Association (DUMUNA) came up with their effort to make the youth leaders aware, launching the fourth session of Dhaka University National Model UN.

The effort seems to have turned into a grand success as hundreds of students from USA, UK, South Korea, India, Nepal, Afghanistan, Sierra Leone and some other countries came to join the conference as executive board members and delegates and ended up passing nine resolution papers in the Model UN conference that is considered as the most prestigious one of the country.

The conference was inaugurated by the Vice Chancellor of the university, Professor AAMS Arefin Siddique in the Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban on December 21. The inauguration was followed by a plenary session with Wahiduzzaman Siddique as the Secretary General.

The delegates got an opportunity to interact with renowned diplomat M Humayun Kabir, Director of Economic Affairs in Bangladesh Foreign Ministry Shanchita Haque and Director (UN wing) of the same ministry Mosammat Shahanara Monica in the three “meet the dignitaries” sessions.

Fatima Muradi, an Afghan student who attended last year as a delegate, was seen serving as the Director of UNDP this year where she was conducting a discussion on sustainable industrialisation. She opined, “DUNMUN is a platform where ambitious, talented young leaders come together to practice negotiations, diplomacy, and politics.”

In another committee where Julie Farzana from USA was chairing the US Senate, racial prejudice in United States was being discussed. She said, “DUNMUN is the first ever MUN to stimulate US Senate. I am looking forward to the experience.”

The most powerful UN Security Council worked on the on-going crisis in the Middle East where the delegate of Iraq, Sushma Giri, a law student from Nepal was emphasising on the end of war in the region as she believed war and sustainable development cannot go hand-in-hand.

After four days of discussions in the committee sessions and crisis sessions, the committees passed out twenty draft resolutions. This year, nine of them were passed in the plenary session on the last day of the conference.

DUNMUN was also a platform of cultural exchange. In two back to back socials, the secretariat made arrangements of cultural activities by both organisers and the delegates. Bands Shironamhin and Oblique performed on the stage as well.

The conference ended with a closing ceremony which was followed by a gala dinner on December 24, gifting the delegates and organisers with some unforgettable memories.

DUNMUN

2016

The closing ceremony of the most prestigious MUN of Bangladesh “Dhaka University Model United Nations 2016” was held on 22nd December 2016. After the four-day-long conference including the opening ceremony, plenary session, committee sessions, the fifth session of the conference concluded with some good resolution that is considered to be very potential for the world.

The Chief Guest of this closing ceremony was the honorable State Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Md. Shahriar Alam, MP. He appreciated the initiative saying that he is very happy to see so many future diplomats under one roof. He wished a bright future to all of them.

The other distinguished guests were Former Ambassador Md. Mr. Humayun Kabir, Country Director of United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Bangladesh Mr. Sudipto Mukerjee, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Administration) of the University of Dhaka Dr. Akhteruzzaman, and the President of UNYSAB, Md. Mamun Mia. Ashabul Mahmud, Secretary General of DUNMUN 2016 was also present at the closing ceremony.

Among the 500 delegates divided into 10 committees, 4 delegates from each committee were awarded Best Delegate, Outstanding Delegate, Special Mention and Best Working Paper according to their performance. More to add, three correspondents from the International Press were also awarded for their performance. The closing ceremony was followed by a fabulous Gala Dinner.

Dhaka University Model UN Association, popular as DUMUNA in the campus, is credited for organizing this conference since 2012. DUNMUN is considered as one of the few MUNs with international recognition in Bangladesh. DUMUNA is currently in a partnership with ROME MUN, KIITMUN, Gujrat MUN, Delhi International MUN, and East Asia Study Center. United Nations Information Centre, Dhaka was the strategic partner of the conference.