Impact of Model United Nations Conferences on India’s Youth

6 Pages Posted: 21 Oct 2014

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Jaikishan Agarwal

Christ University - Deanery of Humanities

Date Written: October 20, 2014

Abstract

Model United Nations is an academic simulation of the functions and organs of the United Nations system. It involves students taking up the role of diplomats while representing the different member countries of the UN. Model UN has been actively pursued by students in India since the late 1990s and today, India is host to over 200 annual Model UN conferences. Despite its popularity and relevance to the global world, the impact of Model UN on the economic, political and social remains as an unmeasured factor.

India’s Youth, which accounts for over 50% of the entire population, is the driving force which will power India to global prominence in the 21st century. Model UN is an academic exercise which has been embraced by the Indian Youth with open arms and is transforming from the hobby of the elite to the practice of the masses. For the above mentioned reasons, the impact of Model UN on the Indian Youth is vital. This paper will seek to quantify the impact of Model UN on the Indian Youth in three levels viz. Economic Level, Political Level and Social Level.

On the Economic level, this paper will seek to establish the relation between Model UN and the Indian youth’s role in the country’s economy. With the surge in the number of economic and financial international organizations being simulated in Model UN, this also will help to reiterate the importance of globalization as well as the importance of the relation between India and the global economy in India’s Youth. In the Political Level, this paper will seek to explain the impact of Model UN on youth’s attitude towards politics and the government. As Model UN involves the representation of governments in an international forum, the youth are compelled to think like the legitimate government and hence there is a greater understanding of the political system of a country. Finally, the Social impacts of Model UN remain one of the most complex aspects of this academic simulation as it greatly influences the society. The concept of Model UN involves an important sociological concept of socialization: role play. When students take up the role of diplomats, they think and react as responsible people of power who represent a country and who think for the benefit of their country over personal gains. This role play instils a sense of public service, selflessness and social responsibility towards the society.

This paper will, hence, seek to establish the importance of Model UN in India and how Model UN will help India achieve sustainable and Good Governance while inculcating social responsibility into India’s future Citizens.

Keywords: Global Awareness, Good Governance, India’s Youth, Model United Nations, Social Responsibility

Suggested Citation

Agarwal, Jaikishan, Impact of Model United Nations Conferences on India’s Youth (October 20, 2014). OIDA International Journal of Sustainable Development, Vol. 07, No. 08, pp. 79-84, 2014, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2512390

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