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Pay More Attention To Cyber Security – BIMUN Urges UN Member States

Having considered that cyber security threats are among the most serious challenges of the 21st century, Babcock International Model United Nations (BIMUN) conference has encouraged member states to pay more attention to cyber security and broaden its definition beyond hacking, to enhance implementation of broader solutions.

This was one of the resolutions reached at the simulation of the UN General Assembly First Committee: ‘Disarmament and International Security (DISEC)’, during the 2nd BIMUN conference (9 – 13 July, 2018) organised by Babcock University, Ilishan Ogun State, in collaboration with the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos, and attended by over 250 delegates from 15 countries.

The General Assembly First Committee, chaired by Ms Jewel Ike-Obioha, discussed the topic, “Cybersecurity and protecting against Cyberwarfare” and noted that the misuse of information technology had left a devastating global effect on Member States economically and posed a threat to global peace and security.

The Committee’s resolutions, adopted by consensus at the General Assembly headed by Prince Kwame Agbata, further “affirms that the security of cyberspace and its information should be strictly monitored through effective cyber laws within Member States; Endorses the adoption of the block chain innovation into cyber security in the decentralisation of information storage; and introduce cyber security as a study course in tertiary institutions.

Speaking at the plenary, the Director of UNIIC, Mr Ronald Kayanja, urged the delegates to seize the opportunity of the Model UN to think beyond their immediate environment and focus on global issues which countries grapple with daily. “I am hopeful that after this experience you will become truly global citizens who seek to solve problems faced by the wider humanity.”

Represented by the National Information Officer, Dr Oluseyi Soremekun, the Director noted that he was pleased that BIMUN included the UN General Assembly, the Security Council and the International Court of Justice in its simulations. The General Assembly, Mr Kayanja said, “is a forum for deliberation among member governments and provides collective legitimation of norms, rules and actions. It also provides an oversight function on the entire UN system. It is a Forum where all member states are treated as equals, providing an opportunity for all views and concerns to be expressed.”

Citing Agenda 2030, adopted by the General Assembly in September 2015 as one of the ways the UN is expressing the urgency with which countries need to deal with issues of economic growth, social inclusion and environment protection, Mr Kayanja declared that “This is probably our last chance to provide lives of dignity to our people presently without compromising the ability of succeeding generations to be assured of decent livelihoods. This Agenda 2030 and the sustainable development goals constitute a framework to save humanity and the planet we all call home.” We must all take this framework very seriously.

The President and Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Ademola Tayo urged the delegates to be good ambassadors of their assigned countries and justify their attendance of BIMUN through their position papers and presentations. He acknowledged the contribution of UNIC and pledged that the University administration would continue to support the BIMUN team for a greater conference next year.

In her address, the former Ogun State Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General, Mrs Abimbola Akeredolu (SAN), enjoined the delegates to develop their passion and follow their hearts in choosing a career path.

The Former Nigerian Permanent Delegate and Ambassador of Nigeria to the UNESCO, Emeritus Professor Michael Omolewa, highlighted the contributions of the United Nations to global peace and security and the need for the organisation to reform.

The Secretary General of BIMUN 2018, Ms. Atinuke Elizabeth Awoyale, thanked the Secretariat staff and volunteers for their commitment and dedication to making the conference a success. She congratulated the delegates on their performances at the conference.

In his address to the delegates, the Executive Director of BIMUN, Mr Samuel Chiemela, expressed gratitude to the University administration for supporting the initiative to institutionalise Model United Nations at Babcock University.

The President of the General Asembly, Prince Agbata adjourned further deliberations till 3rd BIMUN in 2019.

 

UN Secretary General calls for surge in diplomacy for peace as UNILAG holds Model United Nations (MUN)

The United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, has called for a surge in diplomacy for peace and for a new emphasis on preventing conflicts.  “We are also working to improve living conditions everywhere through the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” he said in his message to the Lagos Model United Nations (LMUN) 2017 organised by University of Lagos (UNILAG) in collaboration with the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos Nigeria.

The LMUN held 13 – 15 July 2017, had the theme, “Innovation, Development, and Diversity for Global Sustainability” and was attended by 200 delegates from 14 Universities in Nigeria and the United Kingdom.

Mr Guterres noted that “All parents want a better life for their children.  All religions value peace.  All communities thrive when they value diversity”. “Today”, he continued, “people around the world are inter-connected.  Conflict, environmental destruction, poverty and injustice affect everyone.  We have to work in common cause for our common humanity.”

He urged the delegates to follow the UN social media accounts and stay fully engaged in their communities.  “Together, let us create a more compassionate, inclusive and peaceful world”. The Secretary General added in the message read by UNIC Lagos Knowledge Management Assistant, Ms Bolanle Olumekor.

Addressing the delegates, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, noted  that the Lagos Model United Nations is “essential in preparing our minds on the need to achieve global peace and prosperity through your simulation of global actions by modelling the UN through your Committees.”

Represented by the Acting Director, Policy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr Abiodun Richards Adejola, the Minister explained that simulation in communication skills, diplomacy, public speaking, resolution writing, international law and politics as well as trade relations would assist in understanding the overall objectives of the United Nations, its rules of procedure and its modus operandi.

The Special Adviser to the Governor of Lagos State on Overseas Affairs and Investment, Professor Ademola Abass, in his speech urged the delegates to read more in order to learn more. “Among the benefits that learning offers is that you get to critically analyse your knowledge and take it even further,” he noted.

Mr Onyeama explained further that the future of this country and the world rests in the ability of the delegates to look inwards and outwards for ways they can reinvent the wheel positively, to actively challenge old traditions and models that do not necessarily translate into this era, to explore the ways they can marshal the amount of time spent with technology for good.”

The Dean Faculty of Law, UNILAG, Prof Ayodele Atsenuwa, thanked the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) and other partners for ensuring the success of the LMUN. She emphasised the commitment of the student-organisers for their drive.

The Secretary General of the LMUN, Mr Aliu Gabriel, in his message, urged delegates during committee sessions to foster innovative ideas towards addressing some of the prevailing issues around the world.

Model United Nations (MUN) organisers urged to work together

MUN - DirectorThe 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. Continue reading