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CCHRE student at Geneva International Model United Nations (GIMUN)

2 September 2006 |

CCHRE graduate student, Yusra Diab, from Sudan has won a place on the UN's Geneva International Model United Nations (GIMUN) programme. Yusra, who is studying for the interdisciplinary MA Education and Democracy will take part in a simulation of the UN General Assembly, working with University students from around the world.

The Geneva International Model United Nations (GIMUN) is a model of different United Nations committees which are formed by a number of delegates that represent different states, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and international organizations. A delegation is formed by all the delegates of one particular state and is led by an ambassador. Each committee is organized and headed by two chairpersons; the Secretary-General assists the chairpersons and makes advisory statements if necessary. Journalists report on every aspect of GIMUN throughout the week. (information from www.gimun.org)

Yusra has been appointed as delegate of India in the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Her committee will be in charge of discussing matters concerning Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). The UNHCR has recently been challenged to solve this issue and become the "leading agency for IDPs." The committe will be assigned the task of providing solutions for IDPs and supporting the UNHCR in taking up the challenge in becoming the "leading agency for IDPs" in the next five to ten years.

Yusra comments on her appointment: 'Participating in GIMUN 2006 is part of a dream come true. It is an incredible chance for me to be a UN representative in the Capital of the Canton and home of the United Nations, Geneva. My contribution in GIMUN will enhance my academic and professional future in more ways than one. I will be able to put my studies to practice in a wider and more professional context. I will gain an international perspective on issues of war, famine, pollution, world trade, etc. Moreover, hoping to fulfil my dream of working for the United Nations in the future, I will gain experience in the field. GIMUN is an incredible chance for students to make their voices internationally heard and make a difference. For me to be part of this unforgettable experience is more than I could ever wish for'.

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