After a year long conspicuous absence from the Delhi University curriculum, the much awaited LSR Model United Nations made a comeback this year, this time on a much larger scale with bigger finances and even bigger participation. About 130 students from colleges across and outside the nation participated, including delegates from NALSAR Hyderabad, NLS Pune, Dubai and Pakistan. The event, which was a three day long affair commencing on the 29th of January and closing on the 31st of January, got a handsome sponsorship this time with the main sponsors being Titan, unlike last year when the event had to be cancelled due to the financial crunch.
Three of the five principal organs of the United Nations were in council in the LSR MUN: the General Assembly, the Human Rights Council, and the Historical Security Council. The General Assembly, was the source of most of the gossip owing to the “diverse” delegation it had – from the overtly sophisticated United Kingdom to the passionate and patriotic Iraq to the irritating United States and Lebanon. They debated on the issues like that of transnational terrorism and racial discrimination. The agenda for the Human Rights Council included gender bias and discrimination while the Historical Security Council discussed the representation of China in view of the PRCs appeal for the transfer of the permanent UN membership and the situation in the Middle East with special emphasis on Palestine.
The international press had much to report, considering the humungous amount of gossip in the air which kept the vigor alive in the three days of deliberations. Not to mention the fact that the Chair of the General Assembly gave the girls much to talk about, which doesn’t seem to show any signs of dying down anytime soon, with the MUN-ing season on in full swing.
All delegates were given certificates and trophies for participation along with multiple special mentions in each committee. The LSR MUN 2010 closed with a performance from the renowned LSR dance society and a lot of hooting and applause. In totality, the event was worth attending and ended on an amiable note with not many grave controversies entering the picture. LSR hopes to host an even better MUN extravaganza in the following years but until then, prepare well!