SAI Model United Nations eConference (SAIMUN) Inaugurated

Bhubaneswar: SAI International, one of the leading educational Group of India with a commitment of purposeful education in the K-12 educational space of the country hosted the annual SAI Model United Nations eConference on July 30th and 31st, 2021.

The inaugural ceremony was attended by 1000 global delegates from 20 countries including Australia, Japan, USA, UK, Uganda, South Africa, UAE, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Ukraine, Poland, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Egypt, Morocco, Nepal and India of 62 schools.

SAIMUN is an attempt to create awareness among the young minds on the various pressing issues that affect mankind, resources, as well as our planet. It provides a stimulating environment to find probable solutions to many of the daunting real-world challenges. The eConference, also addressed as eSAIMUN 2021, will have ten committees each for Classes IX-X and XI-XII, with interesting and stimulating agendas on global policies.

This year the committees include:

• United Nations General Assembly – Disarmament & International Security (UNGA-DISEC)
• United Nations Security Council (UNSC)
• World Health Organisation (WHO)
• United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC)
• United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
• Special Political and Decolonization Committee (SPECPOL)
• International Labour Organization (ILO)
• Social Humanitarian and Cultural Committee (SOCHUM)United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) and
• United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

eSAIMUN 2021 is scrupulously designed to provide the best of the learning to the participants, with an amalgamation of innovative and enriching activities aided by technology.

The inaugural session was graced by Governor Prof Ganeshi Lal said, “The great thinkers and philosophers have proved beyond doubt everything exist only through divinity, it is wonderful to see the involvement of students to connect to the world as a family. Divine light is bestowed upon all of us, let the SAIoneers and spread the light of wisdom as future leaders. The light you lend conceals the light you are. Children, you exist to be the super souls, that the divinity has brought you into existence to spread that light in our Vasudheva Kutumbakam, one world one family.”

While addressing the delegates Guest of Honour HE Dame Barbara Woodward, DCMG, OBE, United Kingdom’s Permanent Representative for the UN said, “If the United Nations is going to make a real difference in the real world, the UN needs to be a place where everyone can come together to find solutions to the planet’s twenty-first century challenges: that means governments, businesses, community organisations, academia, and – most importantly of all – young people like yourselves.”

The esteemed guest Ms Nadia Rasheed, Deputy Resident Representative, UNDP – India, said “Gender equality on being stepped up, actions on, every part of the world that will make progress towards sustainable development to empower women and have a multifocal impact within social structures. SAIMUN is an eye-opener for students to be able to connect with different people, really to have an interest in the world by venturing into a new world opening up spaces to engage with many more people. Wishing you all the very best”.

The Plenary Session was addressed by Shri. Prabhjot Sodhi, Former UNDP Head (Circular Economy) on the topic “reducing your Carbon Footprint Questions” from students of different countries as Australia, Japan, Uganda, South Africa, UAE, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Ukraine, Poland, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Nepal, USA, UK, Morocco, Egypt and India. A Going Global Club initiative “Planteers” was also inaugurated at the Planery session. Planteers is an initiative of SAI International for accountable minds with sustainable lives.

Dr Silpi Sahoo, Co-Founder and Chairperson, SAI International Education Group said, “SAIMUN is a thoughtfully designed Model United Nations that provides an ideal platform for students to get a deeper understanding on international challenges, policies, lobbying, and negotiations. At the same time, they will meet students from across the globe, build confidence and hone their 21st century learning skills. Owing to the ongoing pandemic since the last year and half the event is being conducted virtually as “eSAIMUN 2021”. Students will have a wonderful exposure being part of high-quality deliberations on contemporary global issues, which will have an everlasting impact on their learning horizon. The impetus provided by the resourceful leaders will make the sessions more informative, engaging, and thought-provoking, giving the delegates a tremendous understanding of international affairs and diplomacy.”

SAI Model United Nations (SAIMUN) Conference is considered as one of India’s largest MUN. SAIMUN is a duly accredited registered event of United Nations Information Centre for India and Bhutan (UNIC), under the aegis of the United Nations (UN) and follows the UN4MUN procedures. The objective of SAIMUN is to seek solutions to the various problems of the world , through discussion, negotiation and debate enabling the participating students learn to adopt views and attitudes, other than their own and break away from the confined self-interest and develop international cooperation and tolerance.

SAIMUN is held every year to build leadership skills, increase global literacy and expand critical thinking in students by exposing them to the working of the UN. The theme of SAIMUN is “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” – One world one family, which inspires the participants to work collaboratively and come out with innovative solutions to the various challenges outlined in the agenda.