The Director of the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos, Mr Ronald Kayanja, has urged organisers of Model United Nations (MUN) in Nigeria to work together and with the United Nations Information Centre, to increase awareness of the MUN in the country and build the African Model United Nations.
Mr Kayanja said this while welcoming participants to the one-day capacity building workshop on ‘Model United Nations’ held at the Library Auditorium of UNIC Ikoyi, Lagos on Thursday, 14 July 2016.
He noted that the workshop had become necessary in view of the widespread misrepresentation of the UN Rules of procedure that are simulated during the various MUN being organised around the country. The Director urged the participants drawn from three organisations: Value For Tomorrow Initiative; University of Lagos Model United Nations and the United Nations Association of Nigeria (UNAN), to get acquainted with the actual rules guiding the operations of the UN organs.
The workshop which was facilitated by the National Information Officer, UNIC Lagos, Mr Oluseyi Soremekun; a MUN expert from Ghana, Ms Precious Klinogo and another specialist from India, Ms Abhilasha Singh, was attended by 35 people.
Speaking on the use of the UN emblem, Mr Soremekun explained that ‘Use and display of the United Nations emblem is highly restricted and essentially limited to the activities of the United Nations.’
‘If a Model UN wishes to obtain authorization to use the UN logo or the crossed olive branches for the specified duration of a Model UN conference, a written request to the Secretary of the United Nations Publications Board should be submitted. Use of the logo on a permanent basis will not be authorized,’ he added.
Sharing her opinion about the workshop, a participant, Ms Aisha Odekunle said she has learnt ‘basically what happens in the United Nations, what needs to be done and what should not be done and I am looking forward to future workshops’
Another participant, Mr Shittu Rilwan answering said “most of us already had the experience so most of the things were not strange to me but for the leadership position was very explanatory and very strange to me and I am very happy I took part in it”.