NewsWELMUN 2021 12-08-2021
The seventh edition of the Welham Boys’ School Model United Nations was held 12th through 13th August 2021. The conference was led by Secretary General Aarav Upadhyaya along with Viraj Lohia, Mrinank Chandar, Samanyu Malik and Hrittvik Moody comprising the secretariat. A total of 234 participants from 33 schools were given a forum to deliberate upon real-time issues which concern the world. This year we witnessed delegates participating in 7 committees encompassing a diverse set of agendas, all under the umbrella concept of ‘Normalis Novum’, Latin for new normal. As the theme suggests, this edition of WELMUN was an effort towards completing the transition from offline to online and adapting ourselves with the ways of the future.
The primary decision-making body of the UN, the Security Council, was chaired by Samanyu Malik. It discussed the annexation of Crimea while dealing with a possible war crisis at hand. Hrittvik Moody led the Disarmament and International Security Committee of the United Nations General Assembly which focused on the increasing role of Artificial Intelligence and its weaponization. The Human Rights Council, the most anticipated committee, was chaired by Aaditya Chandragupta, and it delved deeper into issues such as the situation of Uighur Muslims in the Xinjiang region and child labor. Perhaps, the most interesting cabinet simulated at WELMUN this year was the Soviet Special Advisory Committee and the President’s Special Committee on Containing Communism, presided over by Mrinank Chandar and Viraj Lohia respectively. The cabinet, set in 1962, followed the events of the cold war and presented delegates with an opportunity to alter its outcome. The only bilingual committee was the Lok Sabha which dealt with the changing political climate in India and was chaired by the Secretary General himself. Lastly, Gurkeerat Singh took the role of editor-in-chief of the International Press Corps, where participants were assessed on their journalistic ability and professionalism. The Security Council and the Human Rights Council were, by consensus, the two highlights of the seventh edition of WELMUN.
The simulation at WELMUN’21 ranged from the Indian Parliament to historic crises to the International Press, making it one of the most diverse MUNs of the academic year. Months of hectic preparation finally culminated in a successful conference which teachers and students enjoyed alike. While the prospect of an offline conference remains distant, it is best that we adapt to the ‘Normalis Novum’ and to that end, WELMUN’21 has been the harbinger.