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Fakhrul Patwary, Rebecca Okine & Namig Abbasov

Fakhrul Patwary

Fakhrul Patwary

My name is Fakrul Patwary and I am currently a third year Law student at the University of Luxembourg. I was raised and grew up in a European country. Even though I’ve adopted the Luxemburgish nationality at the age of 18, I am still connected to my ‘roots’ and visit Bangladesh every year. Therefore, one can say I balance between two worlds seeing that the traditional way of living in Bangladesh can be quite different from the European lifestyle. At the age of 15 like any other teenager, I had big dreams and high expectations. Quite soon, I figured out that I wanted to achieve a better understanding of society and the theories behind a society. After finishing a high school, focused on Economics, Mathematics, Philosophy and Languages, I decided to pursue my academic career in the field of law. That is how I ended up at the University of Luxemburg. The first semester was very successful and I was selected for an ERASMUS exchange program in New Caledonia in French Polynesia. Those six months abroad gave me the opportunity to develop my social and communication skills with people from various cultural and social backgrounds. In my free time, I try to help out my parents who own a restaurant in the city of Luxemburg in every way I can. Apart from that and as of this year, I became a committee member of the young lawyers association in Luxembourg, also known as ANELD. The goal of this association is to introduce students to the law firm setting in Luxemburg. I’m also interested in politics that is why I am member of the youth section of the CSV, a Christian – social party with the majority of seats in the Parliament presently. I also care about charity work. Every year, an International Bazar of Luxemburg is organized, uniting more than 50 countries. My family and I take care of the Bangladesh Stand for already the fifth consecutive year.
Rebecca Okine

Rebecca Okine

My name is Rebecca Issai Okine. I was born on the 14th of September 1988 in Luxembourg, Luxembourg. I recently turned 25 years old. I possess the Luxembourgish nationality since birth and Luxembourgish is my mother tongue. My origins, next to Luxembourgish, are South Sudanese, French and German, which make me a very culturally aware person. At home, I speak Luxembourgish, German and English. Growing up within all those languages has the advantage that I am at ease in all of them. As it is the norm in Luxemburg, we start learning French from the second grade of primary school; therefore I am fluent in French as well. After going to kindergarden and primary school here in Luxembourg, I went to secondary school, where after the ninth grade, I chose the path of Business and Management in my studies. In October 2007, I started working during the holidays for the P&T Luxembourg, Luxembourg’s biggest governmental communication company. I started my law studies in September 2010 at the University of Luxembourg. During my first year, I felt as if law was not really my cup of tea thus I switched to English Studies the year after that. Since reading and writing has always been a passion of mine, I thought that studying English literature is exactly what I wanted to do. At the University of Luxembourg, the English studies program consist of a one year study program after which, if you continue, switch to an English speaking university. I figured at the end of my first year English studies that literature, especially in English, does not unfortunately have a real future in Luxembourg. Therefore, I re-enrolled in the law program in September 2012 where I re-started my first year. Currently, I am a second year law student at the University of Luxembourg and I intend to finish my Bachelor here as well. In February 2013, the International Relations Club was founded at the University of Luxembourg. The United Nations and especially human rights issues have always appealed to me and were actually the reason why I started studying law in the first place. Consequently, when I got to know about the Model United Nations in Baku, Azerbaijan, I knew that I had finally found a way to experience what it is like to be part of the Security Council and contribute to the interests of all people. The MUN I’ve participated in was the EuroMUN in Maastricht, the Netherlands. I was lucky enough to be a delegate of the Republic of Maldives in the UNHRC. Since then, I am very eager to continue to participate in MUNs, to travel around the world and be able to discuss ideas and international matters with people from all over the world. In order to guarantee the sustainability of the IRC at the University of Luxembourg, I became its Secretary General. I hope to lead students to various MUNs and hopefully they experience the same great feelings just as I did.
Namig Abbasov

Namig Abbasov

My name is Namig Abbasov. Originally I’m from the central part of Azerbaijan - Salyan. Recently I started doing a master’s degree at International Relations and Globalization Department of Azerbaijan State Economic University after completing a bachelor’s degree at International Relations Department of Qafqaz University. Currently I am working as a research assistant for International Relations Department at Qafqaz University. I have keen a interest in research on energy security and environmental issues. My thesis is titled “Political Challenges on Delivery of Caspian Energy Resources to Europe.” My hobby is playing chess and travelling, meeting with people all around the world by joining different social projects are a considerable part of my life. It is my strong belief that Model UN will be an outstanding opportunity for all of us to increase our knowledge on UN and its activities, establish friendly relations with each other and have a good time. Dear participants, I am very keen to meet all of you personally. Have a safe trip to Azerbaijan!!!

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Contact Details

  • info@bakumun.az
  • +994 (12) 564-9014
  • MUN Baku
    Ministry of Youth and Sport of the Republic of Azerbaijan
    Olympia Str., 4
    Baku, Azerbaijan

Frequently Asked Questions

Questions & Answers.

    Q: What is Model United Nations?

    A: Model United Nations (MUN) is a simulation of United Nations General Assembly committees and other bodies that constitute the UN system. MUN affords students the opportunity to step into the shoes of ambassadors to the UN and debate issues currently on the agenda of the organisation.

      Q: How did Model UN begin?

      A: While there is no official record of how Model UN began, we do know that Model UN is the successor of a series of student-led Model League of Nations simulations. Some people believe that the first Model UN conference was held at Harvard University, although other colleges claim they held the first conference. Regardless, simulations of international organizations began even before the birth of the United Nations.

      Q: Who participates in Model UN?

      A: It is estimated that more than 400,000 students around the world at all educational levels from primary school to university, participate each year in Model UN. A number of today's leaders in business, the arts, government and law participated in Model UN as students – including UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. And the popularity of Model UN continues to grow.

      Q: What is a Model UN conference?

      A: Conferences differ in structure and programme. Some MUN programmes take place in the classroom; others are school-wide. Conferences which are much larger, are held at the regional, national, or international level, and feature participants from the host country as well as from around the world. Middle school, high school and university students gather annually in groups as few as 15 to over 3000 to simulate the meetings and negotiation efforts of member states at UN Conferences. The size of a MUN conference and the number of committees simulated are determined by the host organisation. Conferences are staffed entirely by students and unique feature of many of these conferences is the simulation of real UN committees, addressing hypothetical concerns or issues from the past or future such as the 1992 Earth Summit, an historic Security Council, the Russian Civil War 1918, and Joint Crisis Committees, in which delegates must react to a hypothetical or actual crisis situation.

      Q: Where and when are Model UN conferences held?

      A: While Model UN conferences are often held at educational institutions, larger conferences generally take place in convention centers and sometimes even at government buildings. These conferences take place virtually every month throughout the school year, but there are few events in the summer as well.

      Q: What is a Model UN delegate?

      A: A Model UN delegate is a student who assumes the role of an ambassador to the United Nations at a Model UN event. Experience in international relations is not required for this sort of the activity. Model UN students tend to go on to become great leaders in politics, law, business, education, etc.

      Q: What are the benefits of participation in Model UN conferences?

      A: Through participation in MUN, students gain a deeper understanding of how the process of international debate and negotiation which we call diplomacy, functions. MUN enables students to become more informed global citizens, who not only understand the decisions made by nations, but also how those changes affect politics at the national, regional and global levels. Participation in MUN conferences affords students an opportunity to develop a range of skills including: research, expository and persuasive writing, analytical skills; teamwork, problem-solving, debating, conflict resolution skills; cooperation, compromise, consensus-building and negotiation skills.

      Q: Who are the organizers of the first Baku International Model UN Security Council 2013?

      A: It’s a joint project of the Ministry of Youth and Sport of the Republic of Azerbaijan and UNDP Azerbaijan.

      Q: Will it be the simulation of UN Security Council only or the work of other committees will also be simulated?

      A: As this is the first time of holding international Model UN conference in Baku, we decided to start with simulation of UN Security only.

      Q: What is the topic of the conference?

      A: It is “Cyber Security”.

      Q: How many people will be participating?

      A: The Conference will bring together 45 university students and graduates from Azerbaijan and fourteen other member states currently serving as members of the UN Security Council: China, France, Russian Federation, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Argentina, Australia, Guatemala, Luxembourg, Morocco, Pakistan, the Republic of Korea, Rwanda and Togo.

      Q: How were the participants selected?

      A: The call for applications was announced online and distributed through UN agencies as well as embassies of the Republic of Azerbaijan in the elegible countries. The applicants were evaluated by their general performance, language skills and Model UN experience.

      Q: Is it a free of charge event?

      A: Yes, all expenses (including transportation and accommodation costs of foreign participants) are covered by the organizers of Baku International Model UN Security Council 2013. There is no participation fee.

      Q: Will any pre-conference training be organized?

      A: The participants of Baku International Model UN Security Council 2013 will be provided with the brilliant opportunity to take part in the two-day pre-conference workshop led by UN representatives experienced in organization of Model UN conferences worldwide.

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Azerbaijan, officially the Republic of Azerbaijan (Azerbaijani: Azərbaycan Respublikası) is the largest country in the Caucasus region located at the crossroads of Western Asia and Eastern Europe. It is bounded by the Caspian Sea to the east, Russia to the north, Georgia to the northwest, Armenia to the west and Iran to the south. The exclave of Nakhchivan is bounded by Armenia to the north and east, Iran to the south and west, while having a short borderline with Turkey to the northwest.
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The United Nations (UN; French: Organisation des Nations Unies, ONU) is an intergovernmental organization whose stated aims include promoting and facilitating cooperation in international law, international security, economic development, social progress, human rights, civil rights, civil liberties, political freedoms, democracy, and the achievement of lasting world peace. The UN was founded in 1945 after World War II to replace the League of Nations, to stop wars between countries, and to provide a platform for dialogue. It contains multiple subsidiary organizations to carry out its missions.