SRI LANKA MODEL UNITED NATIONS: TAKING ON A WORLD OF CONFLICT VIRTUALLY AND STEPPING INTO 2021

By Dinithi Gunasekera

Sri Lanka Model United Nations (SLMUN) 

Being the pioneering MUN conference in Sri Lanka and the largest student-run UN simulation in Asia, SLMUN consistently attracts around 1000 students coming from diverse backgrounds nationwide and beyond each year. Since our inception in 2008, we aim to give the youth a platform to voice their ideas and encourage constructive debate in order to reach a viable solution. Our mission is to shape our delegates to be compassionate and intelligent young leaders who will lead Sri Lanka towards a brighter future. Your experience as a delegate in SLMUN is sure to develop your skills in leadership, teamwork, communication, and problem-solving.

SLMUN 2020: The 13th Session 

The COVID-19 outbreak has drastically changed the way we live, from learning to business to socializing. Humans have adapted to the new normal of social distancing. We at SLMUN too, had altered the conference to adhere to the health guidelines published by the Ministry of Health and conducted our first ever virtual conference last year.

The 13th session of SLMUN was held over the 12th and 13th of September 2020 with its own distinctive twist, under the theme ‘A world of conflict’, aiming to unite today’s youth to stand up against misgovernance and injustice and creating a better future for all. 

With over 500 delegates taking part, the conference was successfully conducted virtually via Microsoft Teams.

Commencing with a fresh start on the 12th of September, and Dr. Harsha Alles as the distinguished Chief Guest of the day, the rest of the weekend was a blur of faces on screens, as the delegates tuned in from home to discuss and debate their relevant committees’ topics. Despite a few technical difficulties, each committee was filled with fruitful discussion as the delegates competed as well as collaborated to come up with the best resolutions to complex current affairs of international significance. The most noteworthy delegates of the conference were accordingly recognized for their efforts.

Our partners for SLMUN 2020

A virtual MUN conference presents the Executive committee as well as the participants with unprecedented challenges. From the software to internet facilities to the necessary devices, we intend to give the best experience possible to our delegates. Many organisations, from Hewlett Packard (HP) to Dialog Axiata, had stepped in to support our endeavor of organizing a successful online conference, and all the delegates were eligible for the offers brought forward by them. Gateway International College, the only Microsoft Showcase School in Sri Lanka, was our official technology partner last year and provided us with the necessary software to conduct our conference.

Stepping into SLMUN 2021: The 14th Session

The world we live in is ever-changing and each day presents us with newer and more arduous obstacles to overcome. This is why we believe that SLMUN can really make a proactive change for the better among the youth of the country who are essentially the game-changers of tomorrow. 

We, at SLMUN hope to yet again, host conference for the year 2021, with the most grandiose efforts as expected of us. 

Having successfully hosted the conference virtually in 2020, we hope to bring back to the delegates the 14th session in the form of a physical conference at BMICH in its usual fashion, on the 11th and 12th of September 2021, comprising 10 committees with about a 1000 delegates.  

The main workshop and the 1st Practice Debate will be held virtually while Practice Debate 2, which is a crucial trial run for delegates to polish their skills, will be held physically.  Depending on if the current pandemic situation takes a turn towards the better, all training sessions are expected to be hosted physically.