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High School Youth simulate General Assembly to discuss the SDGs & Global Citizenship #MUNNAM2018

The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek in collaboration with MTN Namibia hosted a two-day simulation of the General Assembly for high school youth at the Safari Court Hotel from 19-20 September 2018. This was the 7th Model United Nations Namibia (MUNNAM) Conference to be held with participants stemming from the Khomas, Erongo, Otjikoto and Hardap region. A total of 15 high schools in Namibia were represented at the conference.

Speaking on behalf of the UN System Namibia, Dr. Charles Segoe-Moses, WHO Representative, said, “Today as you stand in the shoes of delegates that represent their respective countries, think not only of yourself but the millions of young people that depend on you to lead the youth agenda.” He went on to say, “MUNNAM may just look like a role playing, but in reality, you are preparing yourself to be global citizens. Some of you may make these issues your life’s work and maybe you will find yourselves as humanitarian workers someday or working for the envoy on youth. As you are preparing yourselves for the future today, your time to take action and drive for change is now.” Continue reading

Model UN training session held at tertiary level

On the 27 June 2018 UNIC Windhoek held a training session tertiary level at the UN house where various participants from different tertiary institutions gathered to elevate their caucusing skills and above all comprehend the importance of research that drives a Model UN conference. In partnership with the University of Namibia (UNAM) Model UN Society, the president of the UN Model UN Society facilitated a training session on 27 June and 04 July 2018 for students from UNAM, Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST), College for the Arts and University of Management (IUM) students.

The training session was officiated by MUN chairperson, Helena Kandjumbwa who guided the delegates through the Rules and procedure, geopolitical, cultural, and historical aspects of dealing with the member state allocated to the delegates. With the support of the Centre she delivered a robust session which motivated the delegates with inquisitive responses.

A conference for tertiary students is scheduled to take place during October this year.

 

Model UN delegates learn how to walk in the shoes of a diplomat

In preparation for upcoming  Model United Nations Namibia (MUNNAM) High School Conference 2018 set to take place in September, UNIC Windhoek held a two-day training sessions, 30-31 May to familiarize selected delegates on the the UN General Assembly procedures.

The mock sessions gave delegates an opportunity to interact with the facilitators for guidance on how to write position papers and write resolutions during the actual conference. Delegates from schools outside Windhoek such as Coastal High, Reverend Juuso Shikongo Secondary, Etosha Secondary, Rehoboth High School as well as Oshikoto Secondary have been selected to participate in this year’s conference.  Schools from the Khomas region include: DHPS,  Windhoek High, Windhoek Gymnasium, Academia High, David Bezuidenhoud, Immanuel Shifidi, Delta Secondary, Hochland High and St. Paul’s College.

This being the 7th simulation for Model UN, the National Information Officer, Ms Anthea Basson said in her welcome remarks at the training, “the conference it is a great opportunity to learn new things and meet new people.” She further encouraged the delegates to use their time well and apply themselves to report on the 2018 topics.

The September Conference will focus on the  Sustainable development Goals (SDGs).. Thus the training sessions ensure delegates are prepare appropriately to step into their respective  leadership roles.

The training sessions ended with trivial “bragging rights” to anticipate which school would scoop the award for  “best school”, it also allowed the delegates to mingle and find their co- partner as per the assigned member states.

UNIC Windhoek partner with UNAM Model United Nations to host mock conference

In partnership with the University of Namibia Model United Nations Society,  United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek hosted the second Model United Nations (MUN) UNAM mock Conference  for 2017. The event was held at the United Nations (UN) House in Windhoek on 4th October 2017.

Model UN is an international programme where students simulate different organs of the UN, most notably the General Assembly. 

Under the guidance of UNIC Windhoek and the UNAM Model UN Society, participants deliberated over the following topic: “Addressing the social and economic consequences of religious intolerance.” Delegates debated and pointed out facts about religion and politics. In conclusion, the delegates pointed out that the only way to address the dispute between religion and politics is to educate people so as to familiarize them with the importance of respecting the next person’s religion

The debate concluded with an award ceremony acknowledging all participants, with special recognition given to the best speaker, as well as best overall delegate of the session. The president of the UNAM Model UN Society was pleased that the newly established Model UN Society continues to grow from strength to strength.

#MondayMenu: 2 – 8 October 2017

UN Namibia: What’s happening at UN Namibia this week? Check out the #MondayMenu for 2 – 8 October 2017.

UN Namibia and government partners will be participating in a training on the United Nations Development Group (UNDG) Programming Principles from 2-4 October. The training is aimed at providing the UN-GRN team with the tools and techniques to drive the process of developing the UNPAF 2.0 for the period of 2019-2023, the second joint partnership framework between the UN and GRN.

The International Day of Non-Violence is marked on 2 October, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, leader of the Indian independence movement and pioneer of the philosophy and strategy of non-violence. It is an occasion to “disseminate the message of non-violence, including through education and public awareness”. Learn more: http://bit.ly/1AUPAkK

The United Nations designated the first Monday of October of every year as World Habitat Day to reflect on the state of our towns and cities, and on the basic right of all to adequate shelter. It is also intended to remind the world that we all have the power and the responsibility to shape the future of our cities and towns. Learn more: http://bit.ly/1EjzW71

UNESCO Windhoek Office will be participating in the Inauguration of RAID FM Community Radio in Rundu on 3 October.

The University of Namibia (UNAM) Model United Nations society in collaboration with the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek will be hosting the Tertiary Level End of Semester Model UN Mock Conference on 4 October.

UNESCO will be celebrating International Teachers’ Day in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture (MoEAC) on 5 October. Learn more: http://bit.ly/2dtCo79

Newcomers are introduced to the Model UN programme

On the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) on the 21 June was invited to present an introductory presentation on the Model United Nations (MUN) programme in Namibia to High School learners at Academia Secondary School.

MUN is a forum that simulates the activities of the UN bodies, during which representatives of different countries discuss strategies to respond to global issues. The programme cultivates public speaking and research skills, as well as critical thinking and innovative ideas within young Namibians. Such skills are meant to develop student’s confidence, professionalism and provide an intellectual atmosphere for socializing.

Furthermore, the outreach was meant to further popularize MUN within the school in order to motivate more students to participate. Academia already has several exceptional students who participated in the 2017 Model UN annual High School Conference, of which two were present during the presentation.

Students were thrilled about learning the major functions of the UN, the opportunity of dressing up according to foreign cultures and the exposure to the major problems threatening human prosperity. It’s safe to say that at with the relentless enthusiasm, and the tireless work of Ms. Nadia Coetzee-Huysamen who will be coordinating much of the MUN training, the future of MUN at Academia looks ripe with potential and future leaders.

 

6th Annual Model United Nations Namibia (MUNNAM) 2017 Conference awards best students

After two-days of insightful debating and critical thinking, the 6th Annual Model United Nations Namibia (MUNNAM) High School conference came to a close yesterday at the Safari Court Hotel and Conference Centre.

The first day, the General Assembly, consisting of learners from across Namibia portraying delegates of various countries, discussed the topic, “Harnessing the green economy to eradicate poverty.” Four well-research resolutions were tabled and debated, however the Assembly could not reach a consensus and did not pass a resolution. On the second day, the delegates discussed, “Improving coordination in humanitarian response to natural disasters and other emergencies.” After four resolutions were tabled, the assembly passed one resolution.

Speaking at the closing ceremony, MTN Business Namibia’s Managing Director Mr. Elia Tsouros briefed the delegates on MTN Business Namibia’s footprint globally and undertook an engaging question and answer session where the confident delegates did not hesitate to raise questions. The delegates from Liberia thanked Mr.Tsouros and his team for their contribution to the success of the conference and for investing in the Namibian youth.

MTN Business Namibia has been MUNNAM’s long standing sponsor. This year, the ICT company gave out NAD 9,000 to the top performing delegates and schools represented at the conference.

The “Best School Award” went to Windhoek High School, who won the MTN Business Namibia’s “Best School, floating trophy” and NAD 3,000. The Windhoek High School delegates included, Michael Petrus, representing Germany, Christiaan Prinsloo, representing Spain, Tulipomwene Kalunduka, representing USA, Ainley Amunyela, representing the French Republic and Uzuvira Kandjavera, representing Russia.

 

 

 

The “Best Delegate Award”, as voted for by the participants, was awarded to Jules Van De Port from St. Paul’s College, representing South Africa at the conference. The “Best Delegate” received a trophy and NAD 1,500 from MTN Business Namibia. This was his consecutive win, as he was also voted Best Delegate by the assembly delegates during the 2016 conference.

The “Best Speaker Award”, along with NAD 1,500 was awarded to Thelma Mackinza, representing the Republic of Azerbaijan, from Delta Secondary School. The “Best Delegation Award” along with NAD 3,000 went to Rory Parker from Windhoek Gymnasium and Amalia Aihuki from Dawid Bezuidenhoudt High School.

All delegates received certificates from UNIC Windhoek’s Anthea Basson who expressed her thanks to delegates and teachers for their commitment to the programme. She especially highlighted the continued participation and support of schools from Erongo and Otjikoto regions, namely Coastal High School and Otjikoto Senior Secondary School.

The MUNNAM High School conference was a great success, and all participants thoroughly enjoyed the experience. UNIC Windhoek in partnership with MTN Business Namibia would like to thank the following schools and teachers for their participation:

Academia Secondary School, Dawid Bezuidenhoudt High School, Delta Secondary School, DHPS, Hochland High School, Immanuel Shifidi Secondary School, Jan Mohr Secondary School, Otjikoto Senior Secondary School (Tsumeb), St. Paul’s College, Windhoek Gymnasium Private School, Jakob Marengo Secondary School, Windhoek High School, Coastal High (Walvis Bay), Rocky Crest High School and Eldorado Secondary School.

*Model United Nations is a simulation of UN bodies by high school students. The role play ambassadors and represent UN member states, discussing internationally relevant topics. Model United Nations Namibia (MUNNAM) simulates the General Assembly, and hosts an annual conference in Windhoek annually since 2012. It is an extra-curricular activity

Harnessing the youth’s voice for sustainable development at the 6th annual Model United Nations Namibia High School Conference

The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek and MTN Business Namibia, with the support of the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture (MoEAC), are hosting the 6th annual Model United Nations Namibia (MUNNAM) High School Conference from 7-8 June 2017 at the Safari Court Hotel and Conference Centre.

Seventy-five learners from the Khomas, Erongo and Otjikoto regions will represent various countries as delegates throughout the two-day conference, which was officially launched after an opening ceremony on 7 June.

In line with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), this year’s MUNNAM High School Conference topics will focus on, “Harnessing the Green Economy to Eradicate Poverty” and “Improving Coordination in Humanitarian Reponses to Natural Disasters and other Emergencies.” Continue reading

UNIC Windhoek will be hosting the 6th Annual Model United Nations Namibia High School Conference 7-8 June 2017.  With a few days to go, we have started an official countdown across all our social media platforms as we anticipate a conference where young people will showcase their diplomatic skills and come up with workable solutions!

So let the count down begin!! 10 Days to go…

 

 

Delegates Participate in Model UN Training ahead of Annual conference in June 2017

UNIC Windhoek conducted a successful two day training workshop for high school students on the Model United Nations Namibia (MUNNAM) programme, 25-26 April 2017 at the UN House in Windhoek.

Delegates from schools around Windhoek, including Windhoek High School, Highline, Jakob Marengo, Jan Mohr, Dawid Bezuidenhout, Academia and Immanuel Shifidi attended the engaging training. UNIC Windhoek welcomed Eldorado Secondary School, who attended the programme for the first time.

The training was structured to present the basics and most essential components of Model UN and the delegates were assigned countries they will be representing at the upcoming Model UN

Namibia conference.The delegates were excited to learn which countries they would represent and who they will be partnered  with at the conference.

Impressive talent was showcased by the student delegates during the training session and the UNIC team is looking forward to the annual conference scheduled for 7-8 June 2017, to see what the student delegates will bring to the table! #MUNNAM2017 #ModelUN