Less than a decade ago, a Model United Nations conference at Dubai International Academy was simply an idea. In the months following March 2008, a passionate core committee established the founding concept that lead up to DIA's first ever MUN conference. Our first Secretary General, Aahan Bhojani, worked alongside a team of enthusiastic students to lay out a strong framework for the establishment of the 2009 DIAMUN conference and the conferences in the years ahead.
Ever since, DIAMUN has improved, expanding and attracting schools from many countries all over Asia, Africa and Europe. Each year, the conference themes have been progressively stimulating advanced levels of debate about relevant and pressing issues in the world today:
Initially, DIAMUN consisted of only three committees: The Security Council, The Second General Assembly and the Human Rights Commission; the following year, three new committees were added: The First General Assembly, The Third General Assembly and the World Economic Forum. In 2011, DIAMUN received official recognition as a 'The Hague International Model United Nations' (THIMUN) affiliated conference. The following year, at DIAMUN 2012, two new committees were introduced: The Global Environmental Summit and the League of Arab States. They too were added to the growing tally of committees. In 2013, under the leadership of the Secretary General, Abhinav Menon, two new committees: the African Union and the Advisory Panel Question, were added in order to change the outlook of the conference as a whole and tackle issues that were significant not only to the Middle Eastern region, but also on a global scale.
DIAMUN 2013 was exceedingly successful, with delegates responding actively and enthusiastically to the wide range of issues discussed and producing well-researched resolutions. In 2014, the International Court of Justice was another first to the ever-expanding conference. DIAMUN 2015 had the greatest amount of progress in the history of DIAMUN by far. With four new committees including the Environmental Commission, Federal National Council, Nuclear Security Summit and The Special Conference, we welcomed over 1,200 participants in our 12 committees and we were proud to host the biggest conference in the Middle East at our very own school. DIAMUN 2016 saw the addition of another successful committee, the Special Conference in Arabic which served as a forum for Arabic-speaking students at the conference to feel comfortable debating by speaking in their own language about pressing matters in and around the MENA region. Below is a brief summary of DIAMUN's growth over the years:
The Model United Nations community at DIA has seen great success and witnessed remarkable progress in debate within every committee, and hence for DIAMUN 2017 we have brought back the International Court of Justice. This year's conference, bigger than ever, promises to bring about a higher caliber of debate, success and accomplishment. We look forward to seeing you there.