Virtual Model United Nations Competition

As the United Nations marks its 75th anniversary, Jindal School of International Affairs (JSIA) seeks to bring together aspiring diplomats to discuss and debate pressing international issues, express and explore diverse perspectives and share their innovative ideas to tackle global conflicts and forge friendships along the way.

JSIA welcomes interested students to participate in the Virtual Model United Nations event on 24th October, 2020 via Zoom, from 10 AM – 2 PM, Indian Standard Time.

Competition Format

Students will be representing one of the following UN agencies based on their interest and availability of slots. Allocation of agencies will take place on a first-come, first-served basis:

– UNSC: United Nations Security Council
– IMO: International Maritime Organization

– UNCTAD: UN Conference on Trade and Development

– CSW: Commission on the Status of Women

– WHO: World Health Organization
– IAEA: International Atomic Energy Agency

Rules and Regulations

  • Only school students who are in 12th grade or who have just completed 12th grade but not yet enrolled in college can apply. Exceptional candidates who are in 11th grade can also apply but the preference is for those in 12th or just out of 12th.
  • Each student is expected to familiarize themselves with their assigned UN agency and country and express that awareness via participation in deliberations.
  • Students must remain ‘in character’ throughout the duration of the deliberations, putting forward the diplomatic interests and standpoints of their assigned agency.
  • The session may last up to a maximum of 3 hours. Speaking times for student delegates will vary depending on the number of agency members. 
  • For agencies with 25 members the speaking times will be up to 5 minutes per delegate. For the UNSC agency with 15 members, the speaking times will be up to 10 minutes per delegate. The remaining time will be used for points of order and breaks.
  • In order to make the most of the virtual medium, students are requested to speak only when it is their turn and press the mute button when it is not.

Cash Prizes Worth ₹1,20,000 to be Won

  • The best student delegate from each of the six agencies will be awarded a cash prize of ₹10,000.
  • The first runner-up will be awarded ₹6,000 and the second runner-up will be awarded ₹4,000.
  • Each participant will receive a digital certificate of participation.

Assessment Criteria

Students will be judged on the following parameters:

  • Fluency of speech
  • Knowledge of the core interests of the country and agency represented
  • Coherent articulation of these interests as well as pursuance of the agenda on the table

Last Date of Registration is 18th October 2020