The LUMUN Heritage

The LUMUN Heritage

In 2002, a small circle of aspiring LUMS undergraduates felt a platform missing: one which could make young students aware of pressing regional and global issues, and give them a soapbox to resolve them.

They founded LUMUN—the LUMS Model UN Society—bringing the art of Model UN to the country, and ventured off to Harvard WorldMUN in the hopes of embodying Pakistan’s best and brightest diplomats and leaders.

Today, LUMUN is a household name in dialogue and conflict resolution, and as we continue onto our thirteenth year, we stand in humble awe of our small beginning. Here is our story.

LUMUN 2004

Held in 2004, the first LUMUN conference had only one committee: the United Nations Development Program. Slowly but surely, our dream of pioneering the ways of Model UN—diplomacy, negotiation, conflict resolution—began to take shape.

LUMUN 2005

In December 2005, LUMUN saw 600 delegates enter its second iteration. Our Head of the Host Team, Sajjad Sheikh, grew the conference in size and prestige, and set us up to become Pakistan’s largest youth event.

LUMUN 2006

In its third year, LUMUN expanded to an astonishing 800 delegates. The Head of the Host Team was incorporated into the LUMUN Executive Council, and the HOHT in question, Ahmad Zaidi, and President Ammar Malik, saw a legacy in the making. Syed Ali Ahmed restructured and digitized the LUMUN registration system.

LUMUN 2007

Over 1100 delegates filled LUMS to the brim. This was LUMUN’s largest conference in sheer number. Our Model UN talent began to surpass itself, and the LUMUN team to Model UN Turkey returned with another Best Delegation award—our first from MUNTR.

LUMUN 2008

In 2008, LUMUN reinvented itself: training programs, research reviews, international chairs, workshops, bar-coding for delegate IDs, and the LUMUN Social Responsibility Program. Under President Ahmad Zaidi and Secretary General Hamna Zubair, our standard of debating saw a dramatic improvement in quality, and comprehensive training was conducted in Karachi, Islamabad and Lahore. LUMUN conducted diverse workshops for its committees, where prominent speakers provided our delegates with insight.

The society took a leap in fulfilling its civic duty: through its new Social Responsibility Program (SRP) it partnered with the Care Foundation, Kashf Foundation and Edhi Foundation to showcase their activities and enable delegates to volunteer.

That summer, LUMUN collaborated with the University of Geneva to co-host the first ever EurasiaMUN conference.

LUMUN 2009

Our sixth flagship event took place between at the turn of New Year’s 2009-10. The theme of the conference was “Let Us Not Fight”—and despite overwhelmingly precarious security conditions in the city, LUMUN drew in over a thousand eager delegates into 15 committees.

LUMUN 2010

The United Nations designated the year the “International Year of Youth”, and LUMUN branded its conference with the theme “Our World, Our Future”. Building on its work from previous years, LUMUN SRP inaugurated its Social Action Boot Camp, providing its delegates with the tools to start, grow and sustain their own ideas, projects and organizations for community action.

For the first time, the conference included the Independent Committee of Journalists and the Project-based Committee for the Rehabilitation of Flood Victims in Pakistan, co-chaired by Asim Fayyaz and Minahil Zafar.

This was the fifth consecutive year LUMUN won the Best Delegation award at Harvard WorldMUN.

LUMUN 2011

In its eighth year, LUMUN innovated under its President, Anum Mustafa. The Secretariat expanded the scope and reach of its committees to include  the Rio+20 World Summit, the Corporate Committee to discuss the 2007 Financial Crisis, and the bi-lingual Pakistan National Security Council.

LUMUN 2012

LUMUN IX, as the conference was denoted, began soon after Christmas. The conference themed itself “Embracing Responsibility, Enabling Change”. This year, LUMUN SRP carried out regular Model UN training for CARE Foundation students to preface their own annual SRP Model UN within LUMS.

LUMUN IX included not just ECOSOC and General Assembly committees, but also Specialized Agencies, enabling delegates to explore the most longstanding and pertinent international issues in the past, as well as foreseeable issues in the future. Our committee lineup included the Historical Security Council, the Arcadia Conference of 1942, and the Pakistan National Assembly, chaired by Imran Ahmed Khan, who would become President the following year.

LUMUN created history this year, winning MUNTR a seventh consecutive time with 13 on 14 Outstanding Diplomacy awards under its Head Delegate, Saim Sadiq.

LUMUN 2013

In December 2013, LUMUN celebrated a “Decade of Diplomacy”. LUMUN X was a sublime success, bringing in international delegations and chairs.

In March 2014, LUMUN also conducted its first Youth Leadership Parliament (YLP), enabling high school and college students to assume the roles of lawmakers and parliamentarians in their own constituencies—and resolving issues of importance to the country.

LUMUN 2014

LUMUN XI was pushed forward in the light of the harrowing attack in Peshawar on December 16. Remembering our loss, we convened the conference with the theme “Retracing the Past, Reshaping the Future” in March, resolving to not forget the sacrifices our country had offered in its clash against extremism.

LUMUN 2015

The LUMUN 12 conference took a regional approach to resolving international issues, with the theme “Presenting Perspectives, Preparing Pakistan”, marking the return of the Pakistan National Assembly committee.

On the global front, LUMUN made headlines with another Best Delegation award at MUNTR, and its eight-member WorldMUN team returned from Rome with six Best Delegate awards, and two Verbal Commendation awards in the UN Security Council.

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