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4th Annual Baku Model Conference — BMUN 2012

Azerbaijani Students Taking Roles of High Level Diplomats at the Upcoming Baku MUN Conference:

The United Nations office in Azerbaijan, jointly with the International Education and Innovation Centre XXI Century, The International School of Azerbaijan (TISA) and Baku Oxford School (BOS), is inviting you to the Fourth Annual Baku Model UN Conference (BMUN), which will take place on 14 April 2012.

The conference that marks the 20th anniversary of the UN’s presence in Azerbaijan will bring together around 120 participants from 12 Baku-based high schools. Students, who will assume the role of the ambassadors representing various countries at the UN General Assembly, will negotiate and debate a wide range of issues on the measures to end or mitigate human trafficking.

Participants are also happy that they will be tackling the same topic that the real General Assembly debated just a few days ago in New York when top United Nations officials urged Member States to increase their collaborative efforts to prevent human trafficking and protect its victims.

Among the distinguished guest speakers will be UN Resident Coordinator in Azerbaijan Mr. Fikret Akcura, Head of the OSCE Office in Baku Mr. Koray Targay, and Officer-in-Charge of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) office in Baku Mr. Serhan Aktoprak.

Although Model UN is primarily seen as academic simulation of the United Nations that aims to educate participants about civics, current events, effective communication, globalization and multilateral diplomacy, it is at the same time an authentic simulation of work of various UN bodies such as the Security Council or the General Assembly.

“Following the successes of our past conferences, we are very proud and waiting in anticipation for participants who will fully devote themselves to the BMUN and take up their role-play with high professionalism, polished diplomatic skills and a deep knowledge of the position of the country that they will be representing,” noted the UN DPI Representative, Envera Selimovic.

The organizers also strive to the fullest extent of their effort and knowledge to provide the best experience to the participants of the conference hoping that, in return, Azerbaijani students will gain priceless experience and cherish this unique know-how with warmth and smiles, says Selimovic.

Azerbaijani Students discussed “Reduction of Nuclear Power Plants for a Safer Environment” at Baku MUN Conference

UNDPI Azerbaijan and Association of Former United Nations Interns (AFUNI) Azerbaijan in collaboration with Student Youth Organisation of Academy of Public Administration and British Council Active Citizens programme held a 2-day National Model UN Conference.  The opening ceremony of the conference was held at the Academy of Public Administration with participation of Ms. Envera Selimovic, Representative of UNDPI Azerbaijan; Mr. Urkhan Alakbarov, Rector of Academy of Public Administration; Mr. Paul Clementson, Director of British Council Azerbaijan; and honourable guests from Indian and Pakistani embassies. The theme of the Model UN was “Reduction of nuclear power plants for a safer environment”.

Model United Nations (also Model UN or MUN) is a simulation of the United Nations that aims to educate participants about civics, effective communication, globalization and multilateral diplomacy. In standard Model UN, students take on roles as diplomats and participate in a simulated session of UN. In other words, participants research a country, take on roles as diplomats, investigate international issues, debate, deliberate, consult, and then develop solutions to world problems.

25 students from Baku, Sumgayit, Ismayilli, Gedabey and other cities and regions of Azerbaijan, representing more than 10 higher education institutions took part in the simulated session of UN Security Council. All students had been delivered a training prior to final MUN conference. The Security Council was represented by countries such as US, UK, France, China, Russia, Azerbaijan, India, South Africa, Colombia, Morocco, Togo, Germany, Pakistan, Guatemala and Portugal. The conference finalized today by adoption of Security Council resolution and cultural programme with participation of representatives of academic staff of various universities, diplomatic corps and cultural centres of relevant countries. The official working language of the Model UN Conference as well as of the other activities during the event was English.