The fifth edition of the Welham Boys’ School Model United Nations 2019 started with the promise of being an enthralling experience for all who participated and witnessed it in various capacities. This novel experience which spanned over 3 days dwelt upon the overarching theme of ‘Fostering Fraternity in a Fragmented World’, an issue that needs to be considered with sensitivity if mankind has to prevail. 18 schools and 250 student delegates from pan India participated in this prestigious event. The Chief Guest for the occasion was Mr. Dilip Sinha, a seasoned diplomat, India’s ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva from 2012 to 2014. His august presence and invaluable snippets of information from his long association with the UN set the tone for the conference to unfold its potential and more importantly piqued the interest of the budding student delegates and all and sundry.

His insights invited thought provoking questions from students of all ages. Intense but fruitful sessions of deliberation and debate coupled with exchange of ideas punctuated the conference. Each committee had its own agenda which addressed different aspects of the need to co-operate and collaborate with the objective of reducing strife, friction and developing mutual trust and harmony among nations for sustainable development. Some of the issues that were considered for discussion were ‘Weaponisation of Artificial Intelligence with emphasis on Lethal Autonomous Weapons’, ‘Countering Terrorism’, ‘Challenges of Deepening and Sustaining Democracy in Developing Countries’, ‘Accomplishment of the SDGs and focusing on public-private partnerships for Inclusive Development’, ’A Comprehensive Study of the UNCSW 63 (2019) session, ‘Reviewing the Sedition laws in India,’ Peacebuilding and sustaining peace in the Sahel region’ , ‘Deciding the future of British India’ etc. The Doon School, Dehradun rightfully bagged the Best Delegation award. The General Assembly Crisis Trophy was bagged by Mayo College, Ajmer. DevrajSinghania, the Secretary General and his team had indeed done well to make WELMUN 2019 a phenomenal success. It was a conference which witnessed sensitive, liberal young minds striving to make a difference in the world around them.