Participants at the UN Security Council Simulation on the situation in Ukraine
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Mohammad Javad Zarif, said that from the Islamic Republic of Iran’s point of view, organizing simulations – in particular the Model United Nations (MUN) of the Security Council, is very important and useful.
In his message addressed to some 38 graduate and postgraduate students of international relations and law from different universities across Iran who participated in “the UN Security Council Simulation on the situation in Ukraine”, the Foreign Minister added that professors, researchers and students of international relations and law would benefit from simulation techniques in addition to their official academic education.
In his address to the Model United Nations (MUN) held jointly by the International Studies Journal (ISJ) in cooperation with UNIC Tehran on 18 September, The UN Resident Coordinator, Gary Lewis, said that it was important for students to go beyond adopting the “persona” of the country they were representing. “Today, our planet faces mega challenges of enormous dimensions which will require that UN Member States see beyond what they often consider their immediate national interests”.
“Climate change, water scarcity, food scarcity, desertification-driving-unsafe-migration, pandemics and transnational organized crime – as Kofi Annan, Former United Nation’s Secretary-General used to say – are ‘problems without passports’, and they cannot be solved by states doggedly pursuing national interest to the exclusion of all else”. What is required is a greater inclination to look broadly at these problems and formulate regional solutions which focus on these real and immediate human security threats.
Veteran Foreign Ministry Diplomat and one the members of the former UN Secretary-General’s “Panel of Eminent Persons on Civil Society and UN Relationships” Dr. Baqer Assadi, was the honorary guest, and chaired the simulated Security Council. Additionally, the Head of the Humanitarian Assistance Team in Iran, Hamid Nazari, attended the simulation and guided the participants on the humanitarian issues regarding Ukraine, and elaborated on ways to best conduct the MUN.
The one-day session that was the third in the series of MUNs organized by UNIC and ISJ since 2012. The simulating concluded with the adoption of a resolution, and it was decided that a contact group be composed comprising of the representatives of France, China and the UN Secretary-General so as to find a solution for the question of Ukraine.