This year, HMUN India will focus on the theme Act to Impact, which involves inspiring delegates to turn what they learn and practice in committee into real-world initiatives in their communities. We take the words of our Mission Statement to heart: “above all, we hope that HMUN India will challenge and inspire students to take the lessons learned at conference beyond the committee room, continuing to grapple with the complex issues in the world today and work towards change.”
International political conflict, rising global inequality, and climate change-driven natural disasters are just a few of the many issues our global community face. Beginning with public discourse, HMUN India 2018 hopes to emphasize the importance of translating dialogue into real action in order to improve the state of our world. At the core of this conference’s theme is the focus on the impact that HMUN India participants can have beyond conference and within their communities, taking the dialogue from the hypothetical to the actionable.
Our committees at HMUN India embody global platforms of discussion and cooperation. They seek to push delegates to research and understand social, economic, and political issues and then work together to craft real solutions. These committees symbolize a space for different nations and political leaders to voice their opinions, to draft proposals and collaborate on global policy that will inspire meaningful change.
This year, we have refocused our committees to focus on many of the Sustainable Development Goals, hoping to inspire action in the Areas that the United Nations has deemed most necessary in the coming years. In the topic area summaries for each committee, you will can learn more about how they relate to the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals.
Throughout conference and its lead-up, we will provide delegates opportunities to learn from others, think through pressing issues, and plan solutions, all with the ultimate goal of encouraging them to engage in important discussions and take action beyond conference. In our 16 substantive committees, students will engage in public speaking and problem-solving in relation to the crises of the past, present, and future. Yet, mentorship and skills training begins far before conference!
By signing up for our RESOLVE program, delegates can experience small group mentorship with HMUN India Secretariat and Directors. The focus of RESOLVE is to blend Model UN training with leadership development in anticipation of conference and future action. Through connections to Harvard student directors, delegates will have the opportunity to learn strategies for resolution writing, negotiation, and creative thinking. Other pre-conference training include our Webinar Series, which will begin in late June, and in-person training before committee begins.
And finally, at conference delegates will have the opportunity to learn from their committee discussions and create solutions. Outside of committee session, there will also be involvement of keynote speakers and our Leadership Forum, through which students will get to see models of others taking action.