The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, has urged leaders to do more for young people. “We must do more to enable young people to shape the decisions affecting their lives.” He said in a message to the 4th regular session of Abuja International Model United Nations (AIMUN) General Assembly attended by over 250 delegates. The Secretary-General acknowledged that young people’s potential is the world’s potential. “As you stand up for our shared values, the United Nations stands with you.” He added.
Hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and co-organised by the UN Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos Nigeria, the University of Abuja and Nile University Abuja, the conference which opened on 5 November 2018, focused on the theme, “Winning the War Against Corruption: A Sustainable Path Africa’s Transformation”.
The conference simulated the General Assembly and three of its standing committees; the Security Council and the International Court of Justice.
In one of the resolutions, the conference urged member states to promote development and focus on the reduction of poverty and inequality, with increased spending on education and higher education being one component in the strategies to achieve this.
Meanwhile, in strengthening the Model United Nations community in Nigeria, UNIC Lagos, in collaboration with Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Secondary Education Board and Abuja Int’l Model UN (AIMUN), on Tuesday, 6 November 2018, commenced the training of teachers as Model UN Faculty Advisors to coordinate organisation of Model UN simulation in FCT secondary schools.
Conducting the training held at Nile University Abuja, the National Information Officer of UNIC, Oluseyi Soremekun, explained that “Model United Nations (MUN) is a simulation of how the UN works, especially how selected organs of the UN such as the General Assembly, Security Council, International Court of Justice; and Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) conduct their sessions.”
He noted that in Model UN, students assumed the role of ambassadors from UN member states to debate contemporary global issues on the UN agenda. The National Information Officer added that “Model UN delegates tend to go on to become great leaders.”