Change the World Model United Nations (CWMUN)

Anum Iqbal reports on the recent CWMUN conference in New York, attended by students from Roots College International, Pakistan
Roots College International students
Students from Roots College International at the CWMUN conference in New York
CWMUN is a great platform for students to prove themselves and learn how global leaders interact

Continuing its tradition of sending students to international conferences and study programs abroad, a group of students from Roots College International recently participated in CWMUN in New York.

The CWMUN conference took place at the Grand Hyatt Hotel between 19-25 March 2015 under the umbrella of Associazione Diplomatici, the Italian association founded in 2000 which is committed to a cross-cultural education of students from around the world through their participation in the Model United Nations.

CWMUN is the largest Model United Nations program that includes High School and University Committees. At this year’s expo, entitled ‘Human Rights, Water, Energy, and Food Security Nexus’, 2,500 students from around the globe took part. It was an extraordinary event that displayed tradition, creativity and innovation in the business of food. It brought together many themes that have been handled by this event in the past and set them out anew in light of new global possibilities whose common core is the idea that everyone on the planet should have access to food that is healthy, safe and sufficient.

Sharing their ideas for the sustainable development of the planet, students work as ambassadors to the United Nations, ministers and prime ministers, simulating the processes of the G8, G20 and World Bank.

The delegation of 28 students was led by Ali Aamir, who is studying for a University of London BSc degree at RIS Wellington Campus, along with Haseeb Khakwani and Danyal Arshad. Ali has been the CWMUN Country Head for Pakistan and the Middle East region since March 2014.

It was great exposure to work with fellow students from around the globe. CWMUN is a great platform for students to prove themselves and learn how global leaders interact and how issues are discussed and solved successfully by peacekeeping and human rights commissions. In CWMUN young students learn how the UN helps Third World countries to develop and get out of the recession they are facing.

"During their stay, a delegation from Roots International Schools, Wellington Campus, along with guests from the international community, met with Dr Maleeha Lodhi, Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations."

During their stay, a delegation from Roots International Schools, Wellington Campus, along with guests from the international community, met with Dr Maleeha Lodhi, Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations, at the Parliament Mission of Pakistan in New York. Dr Lodhi briefed the delegation about their work and role in the United Nations and talked about the importance of future minds in the UN’s upcoming development projects. The delegation also discussed global issues and current affairs in Pakistan with Dr Lodhi, and she briefed the students about Pakistan’s current stance and major global issues, including the ones being discussed at the Security Council.

Ali appreciated his country decision on appointing the first woman as a Permanent representative of Pakistan at the UN, saying: “It is a great development towards women empowerment, the young women female generation of our country will be motivated to achieve such goals in their lives and serve the Nation.’  And pledge to play a greater role in the solution of issues faced by the world in the 21st century. Dr Lodhi was impressed by the delegation’s experience at CWMUN 2015 and their aim to change the world’s perception about talent in Pakistan by partaking in such events. Concluding the meeting, a Question and Answer session was held where the Ambassador answered several questions about global problems and Pakistani politics. Ali Aamir also presented a memento to Dr Lodhi on behalf of Roots International Schools.