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Mar. 21, 19 | 7:32 am

Dubai International Academy’s Model United Nations (DIAMUN), one of the largest and most anticipated MUN conferences in the Middle East, was back for the 11th edition and discussed and debated the impact of technology through its theme ‘Globalisation through Technological and Environmental Advancements’.

Since its inception, DIAMUN has been a platform for students to hone their organization, communication, collaboration and research skills and develop their understanding and awareness of real world issues. DIAMUN also offered students the opportunity to meet with their peers from all over the world and enhance their knowledge of international affairs through intellectual debates and discussions.

Every year, a student-led executive team works hard to put together an enlightening and unforgettable experience for delegates from all across the world with the guidance of committed MUN directors. This year, with over 800 students from 13 countries, including Italy, Jordan, India, France, Ghana and the USA participating in the event, DIAMUN was a truly diverse and multicultural convention.

Poonam Bhojani, CEO, Innoventures Education, said: “We are proud to host another edition of DIAMUN at the Dubai International Academy and offer students the opportunity of a lifetime – to discuss and debate real world issues at an international platform. The convention will allow participants to come up with achievable solutions through collaboration and team work. We believe that the event will help build character, organisation, management, leadership and cross-cultural understanding, all fundamental skills in today’s evolving world.”

This year, the conference recognised the growing impact of technology – and its transformational effect on our surroundings. Against this backdrop, students were able to engage in meaningful discussion through appointed committees, such as the International Court of Justice, the Nuclear Security Summit, Youth Assembly, Advisory Panel, Special Conference in Arabic, and World Energy Forum, and more.

“Encouraging students to take part in the Model United Nations is a vital step to take in developing young individuals that are internationally minded, globally aware, and well-prepared to drive us into a sustainable future,” said His Excellency Bogdan Kolarov, Ambassador of the Republic of Bulgaria and Chief Guest at this year’s DIAMUN.

For the first time, DIAMUN was completely paperless and ran entirely on an application which connected all participants together and allowed them to debate and discuss resolutions using the app, while promoting DIAMUN’s stance for sustainability and creating a greener environment. This initiative marked a major milestone in the conference’s history, as DIAMUN was the first official MUN conference to go completely paperless, a major achievement that will completely benefit the goal to move to a more sustainable future.

Speaking about the paperless initiative, Ayush Walia, 17, DIAMUN 2019’s Secretary General, said: “As the youth of today, we need to recognise emerging changes in our surroundings and adapt to sustain a future for generations to come. DIAMUN’s paperless initiative is just one example of a solution that will not only ensure that the conference runs smoothly, but will also completely promote the development of technological advancements that reflect a sustainable future.”

Rida Fatima, 17, DIAMUN 2019’s Head of Administration, added: “DIAMUN allows us as global citizens to consider problems with an alternative perspective, which we can use to innovate and produce solutions that are feasible and realistic, helping us not only develop our problem solving skills, but also improve our open-mindedness and global awareness.”

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