The Public Speaking Society, IBA organizes MUNIK X
January 10-13, 2019: The 10th Model United Nations IBA
Karachi (MUNIK X) was organized at the IBA, main campus under
the supervision of the Patron of the Public Speaking Society
(PSS) Ms. Nadia Sayeed. The theme of MUNIK X was Catalyzing
Change which provided students with the opportunity to
understand international affairs, gain insight into current
events, and learn to appreciate and navigate the complexity of
This year, MUNIK not only simulated the United Nations but also brought in representatives from organizations so that delegates can have a much more meaningful insight into the functioning of international bodies. The secretariat of MUNIK X included some renowned debaters and IBA alumni Umer Irfan, Ehab Ansari, Maha Arshad, Kanza Naheed and Ali Poonawala. Two international committee directors flew from Germany and Austria to attend the conference.
MUNIK X hosted guest speaker sessions through which delegates were imparted valuable knowledge. Over the course of four days, delegates were able to learn about the infrastructure and functioning of the organizations that are combating some of humanity’s most pressing concerns, affording them the opportunity to polish their public speaking skills, and develop excellent analytical and interpersonal abilities.
The chief guest of the opening ceremony was the President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Sardar Masood Khan. He delivered a speech on the significance of diplomacy and endeavours of the United Nations in bringing about a positive change in the world. Director Resources of Transparency International Pakistan, Mr. Kashif Ali was also present.
On the second day, Country Director of World Bank, Mr. Illango Patchamuthu and Operations Manager, Ms. Melinda Good were present in the World Bank committee at MUNIK X. Gender equality at home and workplace, youth empowerment and economic growth relative to population growth were the topics of discussion. Followed by the World Bank session, a tree plantation activity for the MUNIK X team and delegates was organized by General Manager, IBA Karachi, Wing Commander (Retd.) Mr. Aamer Shabbir. A social event for the delegates on the second day of the conference was also organized called Social X which was an open mic and comedy night. The event took place in the amphitheatre.
On the third day, the largest committee of MUNIK, DISEC, had a guest speaker session by Chairman of Pathfinder Group, Mr. Ikram Sehgal. During his session in DISEC he inspired the delegates through the journey of his life while also presenting a nuanced perspective of the significance of Pakistan. He enlightened the delegates on the CPEC initiative. The proceedings of the day were concluded with a concert by the Pakistani pop rock band, Strings. The concert was organized for delegates of MUNIK X, IBA students, alumni and a few outsiders.
On the fourth day, the chief guest of the closing ceremony was Associate Dean, IBA Dr. Huma Baqai. In her address, she emphasised on globalization and how it will change the way things are run in today’s world. Another speaker for the closing ceremony was an actor and LGBTQ rights activist, Ms. Kami Sid. She talked about believing and loving one’s self. The best delegation award at MUNIK X was awarded to Nixor College.