Over the years, with the mushrooming of Model United Nations Conferences, and the commercialization of the event, especially in college organized conferences (which are also open to school students), there has been a substantial decline in the quality of debate across the board. A larger proportion of students involved in the activity lack preparation when they come for the conference, reducing overall competitiveness which over time has become systemic. This has become a challenge for INMUN which borrows participants from the same pool. We aspire to organize a conference in the classical spirit of debate and to enable students to learn from the activity. We believe that learning and the ebullience of a good debate ought to be the motivation for students entering the activity and accomplishing that is increasingly proving to be a challenge when there is a systemic remuneration of mediocrity by a culture of commercialization that thrives on aggregate number of participation rather than quality.
Given that our aim is ultimately to host a conference that rewards excellence in absolution and transmits learning to each of its participants, over the course of the next five years we intend to take steps to renew the lost competitiveness. In doing so we have an edge as we have access to participants at the beginning of their MUNing stages. For this reason, we have established MUN clubs in all Ryan schools that participate at INMUN and other MUN conferences, each of these clubs is also involved in organizing their own regional level conferences where students from various schools of the region participate, including other Ryan schools, enabling them to learn and compete among themselves. Each of these schools organizes training sessions on a regular basis for their students. They remain in constant touch with their alumni as well so as to continuously learn about new ideas and events. Through this healthy competition, we have been able to ensure a considerably higher standard of debate at INMUN compared to other conferences. We are attempting to further augment this learning by providing students with reading materials on topics of history, law public policy etc. that will allow them to transcend the realm of their regular curricula.
In addition to this, INMUN continues to maintain exceptionally high standards for those selected at to positions at Executive Board. Post selection as well, the Executive Board is expected to be thoroughly researched so that they can provide their delegates with the best quality background guides that enhance their preparedness and the level of debate at the conference. We also continuously introduce new committees to make the event more challenging. It is in this spirit that this year we introduced the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Forum where students will represent individual cities instead of countries, completely changing the dynamic of foreign policy, while debating solutions to climate change. Thus, over the next few years, we intend to intensify our effort at ensuring that standards of debate that were originally conceived are maintained and improved upon so that the activity can continue providing the students with a wholesome experience that will be of use to them as they graduate out of school.
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