TEHRAN-Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for Legal and International Affairs Dr. Abbas Araghchi said that there are significant misunderstandings about the functions and objectives of the United Nations and its Security Council. For this reason, initiatives such as holding Model United Nations can promote better understanding of the Organization and its Security Council.
Addressing a Model UN (MUN) Security Council to consider “the situation in Yemen”, organized jointly by International Studies Journal (ISJ) and United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) at the Tehran Peace Museum on 27 August 2015, Dr. Araghchi also expressed the hope that, next time, the story surrounding the UNSC Resolution on Iran’s nuclear deal should be examined.
He said that the question of Iran nuclear deal and UNSC Resolution 2231 is unique in the history of the UN.
“I believe there has been no other resolution which has been negotiated word-for-word by the target country, namely Iran,” added Dr. Araghchi, who led the Iranian negotiating team with five Permanent Members of the Security Council and Germany.
Some 53 participants – including university professors, students and researchers as well as seven interns from the UNIC Tehran participated in the one-day simulation on the question of Yemen.
Also addressing the MUN participants, UN Resident Coordinator and UNIC Director a.i. Mr. Gary Lewis said many of today’s world leaders in law, government, business and the arts have – in the past – participated in Model UN as students and this includes UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon himself.
Calling the question of Yemen as “challenging, complicated and important”, the UN official said the current state of affairs there – and its immediate impact on our region – is being actively discussed across many forums in the United Nations. So the exercise parallels reality.
He said all of us need to continue to try to find ways to help the people of Yemen and, in the final analysis.
In concluding he noted that the students engaged in the Model UN exercise will have developed skills in three ways.
“First you will have a better understanding of one of the main human security challenges facing our region, second, you will have come to learn more about the procedures and rules of the UN bodies a s well as the values of the United Nations and finally, you will have improved your skills in negotiation, communication and consensus-building, he said adding all three, but especially the last, will be useful in your future careers, no matter where life leads you.”
Ambassador Bagher Asadi (Ret.), a former career Iranian diplomat and also a member of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s “Panel of Eminent Persons on Civil Society and UN Relationships,” was the President (Nigeria) of the MUN Security Council Simulation on Yemen.