IPB Students Carve a History at UN

Students are always attached to learning, discussion, debate and expressing opinions in public. But what happens when arguing in front of many people using a foreign language in a place where international policy is decided. Almost all students want it. The opportunity is one of history's engravings in their lives.

This opportunity was experienced by Citra Atrina Sari, a student of Department of Islamic Economics, Faculty of Economics and Management (FEM), and Arwa Violaditya Rarasocta from Department of Communication Science and Community Development, Faculty of Human Ecology (FEMA), Bogor Agricultural University (IPB), in the event of Geneva International Model United Nations 2018 (24-29/3) at the UN Headquarter in Palais des Nations, Geneva-Switzerland. The event was held by GIMUN, a student organization that has a Special Consultative status directly under the United Nations Economic and Social Council.

Citra and Arwa joined the event fully funded (full cost from Service de la Solidarité Internationale of the Canton of Geneva) and became a delegate at the United Nations Model (MUN). MUN is a simulation of UN meetings, where each participant will act as a country diplomat. Each participant will be a representative of a country and reside in one of the UN committees or bodies to discuss the world issues according to the committee's main tasks. At the end, the committee is expected to be able to issue a resolution from the discussion that has been made.

Citra said each participant made a position paper that shows their country's position toward the issue. Then the participants provided policies that would be taken as a country member of the United Nations in an effort to resolve the issue.

"In this activity, I became a representative of the Dutch state on the UN Human Rights Council committee. This committee discussed terrorism and minorities. The topics were: Protecting Human Rights in the Context of Terrorism and Counter-terrorism and Supporting the Rights and Opportunities of National or Ethnic, Religious, and Linguistic Minorities," explained Citra.

"In such session, we should act as diplomatic as possible. We must control the country's position, its policies, and understand its relationship with other countries and the impact of the policies we would take. Thus, we had to do a lot of research and analysis in order to achieve a solution to the issues discussed. Of course, we also kept trying to maintain the country's interest in working with other countries," she added.

Meanwhile, Arwa said that he became a representative of the State of Oman on the Arab League committee. Arab League is a regional organization consisting of Arab countries aimed at strengthening regional cooperation in economic, social, political, and cultural fields.

"There we discussed two topics, which were about creating guidelines on preventing the financing of terrorist groups and on the diversification and economic integration between Arab countries," he said.

Citra and Arwa hoped that they can share this experience with others in order to inspire more people. They wanted to spread the youthful spirit so that Indonesia will be filled by young people who have positive mentality and can compete in international level in order to make Indonesia be better and more advanced.

"I am very glad and grateful to be able to attend GIMUN with a financial aid program. It was a golden ticket with uneasy process. It was an unforgettable experience to be able to follow the simulation of the UN session directly at the UN headquarter. We also carried the name of the alma mater and the country. In addition, I can also gain new experience, knowledge, and network," said Citra. (TK)

Published Date : 16-Apr-2018

Resource Person : Citra Atrina Sari dan Arwa Violaditya Rarasocta

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