It is with utmost honor and pride that I, Sneha Sahay, Secretary-General of DIAMUN 2021, welcome you to the 13th annual Model United Nations conference at Dubai International Academy. Keeping in mind the health and safety of our local and international participants, it brings me great pleasure to invite you to our first-ever session to be held completely virtually.

2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the formation of the United Nations, a monumental occasion that draws attention to the progress our world has made since the conclusion of the Second World War in 1945. Despite these advancements, however, the world we live in is now plagued with a plethora of new crises, whether they be in relation to health, politics, the environment, or the economy, that require immediate and urgent response from world leaders and the global community. The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed deep institutional flaws even in developed nations that hinder our ability to address crises of this scale, and it is our responsibility, as the youth and the leaders of tomorrow, to be the catalysts for change in the amelioration of our future. It is with this in mind that we created the theme for DIAMUN 2021: ‘Responding to Crises in Pursuit of International Stability.’

Inspired by the efforts of global leaders to eliminate ongoing crises, DIAMUN this year hosts a total of 15 committees, all individually tailored towards addressing crises both with and without mass media representation in their respective fields. These include three new additions: the Historical Security Council (HSC), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and the United Nations Peacekeeping Forces (UNPK). Furthermore, we are excited to announce the introduction of the Press Corps, a group of students who report on the issues being discussed in committee sessions through various media forms. The HSC has been designed as a complete crisis committee, in pertinence with this year’s theme, with the purpose of celebrating the history of the UN and reflecting on past actions in order to effectively foster current action. UNESCO is a specialized agency of the UN aimed at contributing "to the building of peace, the eradication of poverty, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue, providing a holistic view of the building blocks of modern society. The UNPK is an independent body within the UN, in charge of the execution of UN peacekeeping missions. The committee seeks to enhance the capability of UN operations in order to amplify their ability to manage crises. The DIAMUN Press Corps aims to open the world of MUN to a wider audience and create an increased diversity of  participants with a vast array of competencies.

The United Nations was created with the intent of tackling world issues and fostering peace through cooperation and communication. This is done through negotiation, diplomacy, and discussion, which is what MUN emulates. DIAMUN, like all MUN conferences, has a unique ability to consolidate students from different cultural backgrounds to collaborate towards a unified goal. With over 1000 of the world’s most open-minded, innovative, and motivated young global leaders in attendance, DIAMUN is the ultimate platform to develop the skills we need to make an impact on our world and future.

I see MUN as a pathway to the future, and as an opportunity for students from all over the world to come together and build essential skills and everlasting relationships. Online conferences are a new phenomenon, and I recognize their differences as compared to more traditional conferences; while there have been aspects of MUN that we have had to modify, I am confident that the DIAMUN team has only made alterations that improve the experience of delegates, student officers, and Press Corps members. I look forward to implementing these amendments and seeing all of you, the leaders of tomorrow, at DIAMUN 2021.


Sneha Sahay



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