On behalf of Dubai International Academy and the DIAMUN 2017 Executive Team, it is with great honor and pride that I, Sara Atassi, serve as your Secretary General, and welcome you all to the ninth annual Dubai International Academy Model United Nations.
MUN is unique in its ability to expose and encourage student participants to consider plausible solutions to critical global issues. As a whole, it aims to bring together different groups of people to debate, discuss and concur, and develops leaders and future diplomats. This year, DIAMUN will be seeing the return of two unique committees- the Youth Assembly (YA), which is aimed at younger and less experienced delegates with a strong interest in debate, and gives them the opportunity to act as members of the committee and to work towards producing Action Papers to tackle issues of great importance, and the Special Conference in Arabic (SPCA), which will debate entirely in Arabic, and is designed for Arab-speaking delegates. We will also be welcoming back the International Court of Justice (ICJ) as an exciting opportunity for law-avid debaters to partake in a committee that simulates an international courtroom.
This year's theme is one that resonates loudly in the minds of many youth all over the world - International Response to Global Conflict. The theme reflects the question of 'why isn't the world doing more?' but also allows us to question the extent of the responsibility the international community has to intervene in the affairs of a conflicted nation. Who has the right to dictate whether or not a party should intervene and to what extent? If the people of a country are being oppressed by the ruling government, is it the responsibility of foreign bodies to return to them their power and voice? And if other nations would have intervened in past events would the outcome have been different, and how would that have shaped our world today? All of these questions and more will be tackled at DIAMUN 2017.
In the words of Helen Keller, "Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." It is time for us as a community to understand the importance of internationalism and foreign relations, and it is our responsibility to contribute towards sculpting a world in which future generations will not have to ask, "Why didn't anyone do more to help?" It is time for us to learn how to come together as a globally unified population.
With that, I wish every single delegate, chair, admin and press member the best of luck in DIAMUN 2017. I hope that it is a conference that you will remember and cherish for a long time to come.