Pakistan International School Jeddah — English Section (PISJ-ES) recently held its third Model United Nations (MUN) conference — a simulation of the UN intended to give students an insight into diplomatic norms and global issues.
One Hundred “delegates” representing different countries participated in the three-day conference, where they discussed various global issues. The theme for this year was “Freedom of Expression — Its Scope in Promoting Tolerance,” with a focus on religious intolerance, specifically Islamophobia.
The program formally began with a recitation of verses from the Holy Qur’an, followed by the national anthems of both Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.
Principal Adnan Nasir said: “The platform of PISJ-ES MUN has emerged as the catalyst for global awareness, paradigm shift and consciousness among the students. With innovative views and flexible thoughts, today’s youth has a better understanding to embrace diversity and make decisions to bring about the change that our world needs the most.”
After rigorous debate, the sessions concluded with the formulation of two draft resolutions that were shared with the “presidency” of the MUN General Assembly.
The final day of the conference began with the observance of one-minute silence in solidarity with the people of Kashmir.
Consul General of Pakistan Khalid Majid, who was the chief guest, said: “Today’s session has certainly instilled determination in the students to take action as global inhabitants, and to lead a fair and just society for the future of humanity. This session should be taken as a head start to realize the importance of international relations, international security and world peace.”
Students Huriya Malik and Zainab Suad took on the roles of the president and vice president of the General Assembly respectively, while Wajeeh Khalil was the secretary-general and Ayesha Khan was the deputy secretary-general of PISJ-ES MUN.