Lotus Valley International School, Noida, recently conducted its Model United Nations (MUN), a two-day program, held annually. LVISMUN had chosen Acta Non Verba, i.e., action not words, as its motto, with its underlying emphasis on transformation – from words to action!
The school with regard to its environment related curricula and projects organized a 3-day International Model United Nations cum Summit, in collaboration with World Initiative To Save Environment (WISE), with the aim of engaging the global student community in an area of utmost significance – the state of our planet, towards environment awareness and mitigation of climate change. Held on 6 – 8 November, 2017, under the aegis of WISE this conference was held in collaboration with EU Delegation in India, Danish Water Forum, India-EU Water Partnership, Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and Nordic Consult.
More than 330 student delegates from 14 premier schools from across Delhi-NCR and 59 delegates from Denmark, Germany, Spain, Italy as well as a French school in Delhi participated in the conference and expressed their views on current global issues.
The MUN laid emphasis on ‘Ecology. Economy. Equity.’ and gave delegates a platform for exchanging ideas in carefully selected committees. Out of 17 SDGs, 11 SDGs were discussed in different committees and resolutions were drafted by the delegates.
On day 1, the Chief Guest, Ms. Michele Y. Vanderlanh Smith, Administrative Officer, WHO Country Office in India, addressed the delegates and said that it was a historic moment to witness the coming together of students from all over the globe, to discuss shared problems. Principal of LVIS, Noida, Dr. Ruchi Seth reaffirmed her faith in the power of the youth to find solutions for pressing global challenges.
On day 2, 7 November 2017, the Delegates’ Dinner (social event) saw a cultural exchange as students sang and put up dance performances.
The International Summit on the third day, i.e., on 8th November 2017 where after a brief cultural program, our Keynote Speaker, Mr. Rajiv Chandran, National Information Officer of the United Nations Information Centre, addressed the gathering at the Inaugural ceremony and spoke about the 5 Ps (People, Planet, Progress, Prosperity & Peace). Eminent educationist, Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan awardee, Dr. Shayama Chona urged the students to participate in a Mock rather than a Model United Nations where conducting themselves in the manner of a chosen world leader is additionally an enriching experience.
Students then got an opportunity to listen to and interact with eminent international speakers at the SUMMIT. Dr. Jesper Dannisøe, Director and Global Convener, Danish Water Forum, reiterated the fact that “10,000 litres of water goes into making a pair of jeans and many people do not know how much water they are using.” Ms. Henriette Faergemann, Environment, Climate & Energy Counsellor, EU Delegation to India, put the idea into a larger perspective and said that “India is the first country in the world to have a resource panel.” She discussed the Government Regulatory Framework and gave an excellent coverage on the EU-India Regulations. Mr. Morten Riis, Group Director, Grundfos Global, provided meaningful corporate perspective on sustainable growth and stressed upon the fact that sustainability should become an integral aspect of any corporation’s effectiveness. Mr. Guido Schmidt, Head, India European Union Water Partnership, whose talk focused on the India-EU Water Partnership, stated that “I don’t think it is easy to achieve targets with small steps. We need big steps to address water issues.” Mr. Anshul Jain, Deputy Head-Trade, Royal Danish Embassy in India, the moderator of the panel discussion, highlighted India’s 100 Smart Cities Program.
The panel discussion was followed by an interactive session in which delegates asked several questions to the panellists.
The 3-day MUN – SUMMIT culminated in the Award Ceremony. The Guest of Honour, Mr. Morten Riis, presided over the valedictory session and the award ceremony. The coveted Best School Delegation went to Delhi Public School, Sector 45, Gurugram.
A surprise announcement by Mr. Anshul Jain on behalf of Nordic Consult, Indian partners of Danish Water Forum, of a fully sponsored trip to Denmark to study best global practices in water management and waste disposal was awarded to the Best Delegate, Medansh Kumar from Global Genesis School, Noida.
It was a prophetic ending to the LVISMUN-SUMMIT as at the hour of culmination, pollution levels rose, forcing the government to announce the closure of schools, thus highlighting the significance of the MUN!