What is SLMUN?
Many of you might have heard of Sri Lanka Model United Nations or as many people call it SLMUN, but what is SLMUN?,What does this student run simulation of the UN actually do?
In 2008, Sri Lanka Model United Nations was initiated by Mr.Rohan Ellawala and the Model United Nations Club of Ananda College, and in 2019 it stands as the largest student run Model United Nations in the entirety of South Asia.A fundamental aim of SLMUN is to create a platform for the younger generation to foster diplomacy, critical thinking and debating skills. SLMUN, throughout the years has acted on the belief that a more capable and educated younger generation is the basis for a brighter future. Therefore, at SLMUN, the core objective is to nurture a sense of diplomacy and negotiating skills within the youth to create true, fair and solution-based leaders.
At SLMUN, students step into the shoes of ambassadors of countries that are members of the UN, from Argentina to Zimbabwe. The students, better known as delegates, debate on current issues on the organization’s vast mandate. They prepare draft resolutions, plot strategy, negotiate with supporters and adversaries, resolve conflicts and navigate the UN’s rules of procedure - all in the interest of resolving problems that affect the world.In addition SLMUN also provide opportunity to those who aspire to become journalist through the simulation of International Press Corps where students role play as representatives of renowned news agencies and report committee proceedings.Under the central theme, ‘Redefining Global Diplomacy',the 11th Session of SLMUN was held from the 30th August to the 2nd of September at BMICH Colombo.The success of the Conference rested upon the competent shoulders of the Secretary General, Ms.Venuri Kalinga and Charge D’ Affairs Mr Rohan Ellawala along with the commendable cooperation of the Executive Committee. Many outstation workshops were also held in places such as Kurunegala,Gampaha, Kiribathgoda,Galle and the annual Hill Country MUN Conference which was held at Trinity College Kandy.
Fundamentally, SLMUN believes that if we raise righteous, educated and capable young leaders we will truly be able to change the world thus SLMUN encourages young voices to rise to make a difference, irrelevant of background and age.When asked from many students what they want to do with their lives, a considerable amount of them will say they want to change the world. What does this mean? Can we really change the world? Or is it a cliché that everyone says but does nothing about? For SLMUN as an organization, this idea is a concept we hold dear to. One may ask how exactly is this organization achieving this? It is for all the reasons mentioned above.
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Sri Lanka Model United Nations 2019