It is with great pride and honor that I, Ayush Walia, Secretary General of DIAMUN 2019, welcome you to the 11th annual Model United Nations conference at Dubai International Academy, along with our MUN Directors, this year’s Executive team and the rest of the school. 

The theme for this year’s conference is ‘Globalization through technological and environmental advancements’. We are living in a world where automation is taking over most anthropogenic activities. Our planet is progressing rapidly and we need to understand the measures to be taken that will be on par with these advancements, may it be through the introduction of new forms of exchange such as cryptocurrencies or through artificial intelligence taking over labor work. As the youth of today, we need to recognize changes in our surroundings and adapt to the growth of our society in order to sustain a future for generations to come. 

The Model UN has a unique ability to unify students from different backgrounds and nations to collectively work towards a cohesive and united goal. DIAMUN specifically brings together more than 1000 of the world's most open-minded, innovative and confident global leaders who want to use this platform to develop the skills they will need to make a difference in the world. 

In relation to the theme, we have introduced a new committee to DIAMUN this year; the United Nations Development programme (UNDP). The committee strongly focuses on the two aspects of the theme where delegates perceive how technological and environmental advancements have allowed the world to progress. A subsidiary of the United Nations, the UNDP’S main goal is to eradicate poverty and promote the implementation of the SDGs within nations. Thus, it is a great opportunity for delegates to propose viable solutions within the latter to eradicate myriad conflicts countries face around the world. 

The former Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon rightly and wisely declared, “There is no Plan B because there is no Planet B”. Keeping this thought in mind, I hope that delegates attending this conference recognize the significant control our generation has over the actions that shape our future. It is imperative that world leaders take a look at proposing tangible ideas to be implemented for a secure and sustainable future before things take a turn for the worse. 

Ergo, I believe the prime way to do that is to attend DIAMUN 2019 and engage in the challenging, influential and scholarly platform that we pride ourselves on providing everyone, here at Dubai International Academy. With that, I wish to see each student leader currently reading this, at the conference. I promise you, it will be a conference like no other, and one you won’t easily forget.

Ayush Walia

Secretary General



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