NUST MUN team wows at HamMUN / Hamburg Model UN, Germany.
The team consisting of 5 students represented the institute in a simulation of United Nations in the European city and won laurels for NUST and for Pakistan.
(From left to right) Hira Nisar Khan, Abdullah Khan and Ali Tahir – Photo credits: NIMUN Media Team
HamMUN / Hamburg Model UN is one of the largest and oldest UN conferences in Europe, which began operating in 1998. The event gathers students from around the globe including USA, Europe, Asia and the far East. A total of over 600 people were a part of the conference where almost 11 UN committees were simulated.
The team did a fantastic job at the event and won 3 awards; hence proving their mettle once again, and reiterating that Pakistanis and NUSTians possess an extraordinary talent which outshines all on various global forums, from time to time.
Hira Nisar Khan from Economics, NUST Business School: Best delegate award in UN Security Council-crisis
Abdullah Khan from Economics, NUST Business School: Best delegate award in UN General Assembly
Ali Tahir from Economics, NUST Business School: Best delegate award in UN Global Compact
Maeedah Babar Chishti from BBA, NBS and Usama Mazhar from Civil Engineering, NICE were mentioned in honor and lauded for their performance in NATO and UN Global Compact, respectively.
Two of the best delegates, Abdullah Khan and Ali Tahir, chaired committees at the recently concluded NIMUN 2014. Usama Mazhar, lauded for his performance in UN Global Compact at HamMUN, served as a committee chair. Maeedah Baber Chishti - awarded an honorary mention at HamMUN - was Director Registrations for NIMUN 2014.
We caught up with Hira, Abdullah and Ali to get the inside scoop and their reactions on winning the prestigious award.
Hira: HamMUN is one of the oldest and largest conferences in Europe – the experience itself is something you can’t explain in words because the quality of debate over there is absolutely the best – the topics, the chairs, the delegates, they were all very experienced. This was almost everyone’s 9th or 10th MUN, and it showed especially in the crisis committee. It was a challenge because everyone was so talented over there and the crisis was specifically related to Pakistan in a way so the pressure was on. It was good!
Ali: The atmosphere of the whole country was very welcoming, it was a good experience. In terms of professionalism, their system is a lot more organized, especially in the way how they conduct themselves.
Abdullah Khan: So I was in the General Assembly, and there were a 100 delegates over there and ONE award. The format was different but again, if you have a degree in self-confidence like I do – it‘s not a problem.
I met people of 30 different nationalities and loved every single one of them and they were very welcoming people – no language barrier was faced. They’re very punctual and my personal experience was very, very rewarding.
Q. What were your feelings when you won the award?
AK: It was amazing! I had a lot of competition. There was a delegate from Cambridge, a proper British gentleman and we were fighting for, well, supremacy in the committee for the past 4 days. The best man won. They were a lot of great delegates over there. I had to adapt to the situation really quickly -
Ali: Like a Chameleon.
AK: Yes, like a Chameleon. Like I said, adapting to the environment is key.
Ali: It was absolutely wonderful!
My committee UN Global Compact had personalities coming from all parts of Europe, and in the session, you had 20 different nationalities in the same room. But it was all worth the hard work.
Q. What did you learn from over there?
AK: From the conference itself, punctuality – very very essential. Prior planning and extensive amount of research is required. One of our committee session was 5 hours long; and usually here it lasts for about 2 hours at most. And with a committee session that long, you need to do extensive research to have new material to come up with. You need to be very persistent and not sound egoistic when you’re pitching an argument. In HamMUN, there was a focus on unmoderated caucuses than moderated ones, and so your diplomacy skills are enhanced like a million percenHira: HamMUN was super competitive, they argue with logic and you need to put a very logical point out there to win the debate – and that’s not usually the case in Pakistan.
Oh, and It was a sustainable conference so we learned how much they value sustainability. We were even asked to return our placards and stuff!
Q. You two would be chairing NIMUN as well! what is your game plan?
AK: Ali Tahir is chairing as well beside me!
I want that kind of enthusiasm over here, for example, when I got to find out that there was going to be one best delegate award, I didn’t sleep at night. I researched even in our breaks and just went crazy with it. So one thing I like to promote would be greater competition. No leniency there. This year, I want the debate to be excellent, and I hope we’ll have amazing delegates. People should follow the rules of procedure to the exact dot if they want to truly experience a good debate and a great conferenceAli: I think the idea based around a conference is that it should be more about the actual experience rather than awards only, and there’s a certain trend where a lot of emphasis is given on taking each and every member of the committee along and making it a learning experience for them and also taking it to the next level when one goes into content writing or resolution formation. Part of the responsibility lies on the chairs themselves and the other half goes to the delegates who must commit to a cause and work really hard.