KATHMANDU, Aug 16: US Ambassador to Nepal Alaina B. Teplitz on Monday opened the South and Central Asia university-level regional Model United Nations (MUN) conference.
“Connecting through programs like this Model UN is an important way to create linkages among South and Central Asian countries, Ambassador Teplitz told the delegates.
Over the next five days, the conference will simulate four UN committees: Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and Social Cultural and Humanitarian Committee (SOCHUM).
The conference will discuss some of the pertaining issues such as climate change and cross-border water management. The conference will also include networking events and a 'global village' to celebrate the richness of culture and diversity of the South and Central Asia region.
Model United Nations is an academic simulation of the United Nations that educates participating students about civics, effective communication and multilateral diplomacy. During a Model UN conference, students role play as delegates from various countries serving on specific UN committees.
Participants research issues and formulate negotiating positions based on the real interests and policy positions of the countries they represent.
Model UN conference was hosted by the US Embassy in partnership with the Youth Thinkers' Society. A total of 200 delegates from across South and Central Asia are taking part to discuss multilateral issues including countering violent extremism, ensuring freedom of expression, adapting to climate change and promoting the human rights of migrant workers.