On March 11, more than 2,200 student leaders from over 65 countries will converge for Canada’s biggest ever student led conference, the World Model United Nations (WorldMUN). It is being jointly hosted by UBC and Harvard University in Vancouver. At WorldMUN 2012, student leaders will be immersed in finding solutions to historical and contemporary world problems such as the Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan and the Militarization of the Arctic through the art of dialogue and diplomacy. The Motto of this WorldMUN is “Come Together and Go Beyond” which emphasizes intercultural understanding and international engagement.
WorldMUN came to UBC through a successful bid put forward by a small group of UBC students in 2011. Brian Sullivan and Chad Hyson under the VP students’ office were instrumental in supporting the students to make a successful bid. Along the way, multiple UBC units have come on board as supporters of this initiative. For more information about upcoming WorldMUN Vancouver 2012, visit: http://www.vancouver2012.org/
Hassan Bhatti, a second-year engineering student, has been involved with WorldMUN since his third week at UBC. During his involvement with WorldMUN, he has headed the departments of Finance and Sponsorship during the bid process and is currently serving as director of Academic Resources in the Host Committee. Recently, Bhatti along with the External Model United Nation Team attended the Harvard National Model United Nation Conference in Boston, where he won a diplomacy award.