ISLAMABAD: The three-day Millennial Model United Nations (MMUN) 2018 kick-started at Roots Flagship Millennium Campus in the federal capital on Friday. More than 1,200 students from across Pakistan participated in the mega event on the first day. The opening ceremony was presided over by Turkish Ambassador Ihsan Mustafa Yurdakul. Roots Millennium Schools Chief Executive Faisal Mushtaq was also present on the occasion.In her introductory speech, Roots Millennium College I-9/3 Principal Muneeze Muzaffar said the objective of the intellectual exercise was to foster teamwork, encourage the workforce and engage the youth of Pakistan in a very productive activity. In his speech to the delegates, Ambassador Ihsan Mustafa Yurdakul expressed his pleasure to witness the event and stressed that education is the best investment to safeguard the future of the country. He said relations between Turkey and Pakistan have always been good, especially given that both the nations share the same broader cultural roots.“Bilateral relations have become stronger in recent years, thanks to the efforts of both the countries,” he said and expressed his interest in fostering closer ties with Roots Millennium Education in the future. The event is an amalgamation of different cultures and mindsets as delegates who travel nationwide win a memorable experience. Students from across the country register themselves with the forum as it allows them to prove their mettle within the domain of diplomatic debate and policy making. The culture of the Model United Nations Conferences has spread at a rapid pace throughout the world and today the MUN is being taught as a course in some parts of the world.Speaking on the occasion, Roots CEO Faisal Mushtaq said the focus of intellectuals of the world has shifted from specialised knowledge to a more holistic development of the individual. “Therefore, it is not only important for one to excel at what one does professionally but also have the perspective and insight to be a responsible and more adequately a global citizen,” he said.“I believe that slow and steady does not win the race nowadays but fast and consistent always does,” he said. “The importance of debate in this society is well understood, because in this era it is imperative to know how to coax and persuade people in order to get what you want,” he added. During the event, the students go through rigorous sessions of debates to promote and support international cooperation to achieve development for all. The students serve as a valuable source of reference in translating global commitments into national policies and reaffirm faith to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war by promoting social progress and better standards of life for everyone.Published in Daily Times, November 24th 2018.