[unpad.ac.id, 12/4/2019] A total of 162 participants took part in the 2019 Padjadjaran Model United Nations (PadMUN) held by International Relations students of the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences (FISIP), from Sunday (7/4) to Wednesday (10/4). Participants consisted of high school (or equivalent) students and university students from within and outside the country.
PadMUN is a simulation session of the United Nations (UN), and is held annually by International Relations (HI) students of the Unpad Faculty of Social and Political Sciences. The event was officially opened by the Head of Unpad International Relations Study Program, Dadan Suryadipura, S.IP., M.Ipol., and Project Officer of 2019 PadMUN, Equilibrium Tampubolon, in Gedung Sate, Bandung, Sunday (7/4).
With the theme “Personalizing the International in a Globalizing World”, Equilibrium emphasized the interconnected challenges and opportunities that must be faced by the world. Additionally, the younger generation can also contribute towards the goal of a better future.
“We live in a time full of challenges and opportunities. A time when we — the younger generation — have the capability to unite nations, communities and individuals. A time when we can gather together for one purpose,” said Equilibrium.
During the series of the 2019 PadMUN events, the delegates acted as representatives of their assigned country in their respective councils. There were six councils in this year’s PadMUN, namely the Crisis Committee (CC), United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Africa Union (AU), United Nations Security Council (UNSC), and Press Corps (PC). The MUN conference was held at Crowne Plaza Bandung.
During the event, all delegates are expected to be able to hone and demonstrate their ability to debate, be diplomatic, and negotiate to solve problems and produce the best solutions.
Diplomats also attended to hold the 2019 PadMUN “Meet the Diplomats” (MTD) event, namely John Nickell (Head of Media and Communications of the British Embassy to Indonesia), Lydia Trotter (First Secretary of Public Diplomacy of the Australian Embassy to Indonesia), Azis Nurwahyudi (Director of Public Diplomacy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia), and Melanie Martini-Mareel (Director of the Institut Français Indonesia or IFI).
Also present were Francyne Harrigan as Director of the United Nations Information Center (UNIC), and Dr. Dani Ramdan, MT. as the Head of the Government and Cooperation Bureau as a Representative from the Government of West Java Province to provide support for the implementation of 2019 PadMUN.
In addition to MTD, PadMUN also offered other exclusive events, including “Meet the Experts” (MTE), and “MUN Clinic”. MTE is a forum for all delegates to improve their understanding of a certain topic, discussing it directly with speakers who are experts in their fields. The MUN Clinic provides an opportunity for delegates to find out more about their performance through direct consultation with the Board of Dais. *
Release / art | Translated by Shabrina Maharani
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