Interview: Anindini Singh & Arshia Roy, Director & Assistant Director (UNGA)

Ritul Madhukar of The New York Times interviews Director Anindini Singh and Assistant Director Arshia Roy who talk about their experience in the committee so far; analyzing the performance of the delegates and talking about their expectations.

Journalist: How has the committee been so far?

Anindini: Thus far I believe the committee has been going at an interesting pace. The delegates have a lot to contribute to the agenda as well as the committee. The problem that we seen to be facing is that everyone has good points to raise but often they are not in sync with what the others are saying. So, while I would say the committee is proceeding in a solution oriented-direction, I don’t know if the delegates will be able to come to a certain consensus as to what course of action to adopt.

Journalist: As the Executive Board, did you want the committee to go in the way you thought it would?

Anindini: Yes it has, but I would say the committee is leaving out the humanitarian and a number of the economic aspects.
Arshiya: And certain countries that the crisis revolves around haven’t been speaking up.

Journalist: Is there anything in the committee that you didn’t see coming?

Anindini: Well, I believe a few delegates, who we felt at the beginning weren’t directly related to the agenda are making a large contribution in committee.

Journalist: Is there anything in the committee you wish would have gone differently?

Anindini: I feel that a number of delegates are busy playing the blame game. Though there are others who want the committee to proceed faster, and come up with solutions in order to combat the solution, those placing blames only waste committee time.
Arshiya: And I believe there’s this lack of originality in the solutions; most have been given in the background guide or been done before.

Journalist: The committee discussed in a moderated caucus, the solutions to the Israel-Palestine situation. Wouldn’t you say it’s too early a time to be discussing something like that?

Anindini: Yes, exactly. The problem is, when the delegates prepare for an MUN, they start with having researched the problem and then they move on to the solutions. So, when they come to committee, they forget they have to discuss those problems again in order to add them in their working papers.

Journalist: Finally, is there a message for the delegates that you have?

Anindini: As Arshiya said, the delegates need to show more originality. They need to be unique when it comes to create solutions because all the solutions they have discussed so far have passed UN actions or been widely debated upon. Most have even been implemented but haven’t worked. So, I fell these delegates need to come with different solutions that have previously never even been thought of.
Arshiya: Plus, they need to remember that this is a futuristic committee, so there’s a wide range of things that they can do.

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