The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek hosted the first Model United Nations (MUN) UNAM Mock Conference at the United Nations (UN) House in Windhoek on 28 June 2017.
MUN is a global UN youth initiative in which students simulate different organs of the UN, most notably the General Assembly. Participants represent different member states of the UN and confront pressing world issues, through fierce debate, lobbying and drafting UN resolutions.
The programme is focused on enhancing debating skills, critical thinking, public speaking, research and writing skills. It also enhances the youth’s understanding of the UN Structure and contemporary debates relating to current global concerns and possible solutions. The distinguished programme runs at schools and universities across the world and, within Namibia, is spearheaded by UNIC Windhoek, since its introduction to the country in 2011.
Under the guidance of UNIC Windhoek and the UNAM Model UN Society, participants deliberated over the following topic: “The Role of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the modern world, particularly in regards to Africa.” The topic is a contentious issue that could have serious repercussions on matters pertaining to justice on the African continent.
Even though it was a mock debate, with the official conference to be held later this year, discussions and speeches were compelling from the get-go, as delegates approached the topic from a myriad of different perspectives in order to find common ground.
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 winners, along with all other participants, put forward a comprehensive and professional display, emphasizing the training and preparation they have received from MUN UNAM, in addition to the technical support they received form the UNIC team throughout the year.