PUNE: Students of schools and colleges across the country participated in COEP MUN’17, which is Model United Nations organised by College of Engineering Pune (COEP) on December 9 and 10. This was the seventh edition of the event hosted by the students of COEP.
This year, the event comprised of five United Nations (UN) Committees, two of which were school committees and three committees of college students.
The five committees were Economic and Social Council with the agenda Education in post-conflict societies; Disarmament and International Security (Ensuring access of affordable and sustainable energy to all; United Nations Framework Convention and Climate Change (Measures to prevent terrorists from acquiring weapons of mass destruction; Organisation of Islamic Cooperation
(Policies of recognition in hybrid regimes in the Muslim world and United Nations Security Council.
Students from all over India attended the conference, and participated in a healthy give and take of ideas and opinions. Speaking about the conference and his experience, Varad Lahoti, President, COEP MUN’17, said, “It took a lot of efforts, which started months ago, to set up an event like this on international relevance.
We are glad that we successfully organised this programme, which creates a platform for the youngsters from different backgrounds, age groups, etc, to come together and discuss their views on the current world issues. The best takeaway out of this is that we are sure we will be able to bring something fruitful out of this.”
Around 200 students, referred to as delegates, participated in the conference. The participants, most of whom were attending the event for the first time were really energiseed and happy to get a platform and oppurtunity to express their opinions and offer solutions on the international crisis at the moment.
Apart from the committees, students attending the conference are also a part of a department called ‘International Press’, reprising the role of the journalists and photographers at UN.