The 12th session of the Model United Nations saw over 450 delegates from Kenya, Ghana, South Africa and India converge at the United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON) under the theme “Sustainable Development: Averting Conflict by promoting a culture of peace and security through dialogue”.
The Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Modibo Toure who was the chief guest called on the delegates to assume leadership roles as key stakeholders in shaping the peace and reconciliation agenda.In his speech during the opening ceremony, Mr. Toure encouraged the participants to be creative together during the session, in order to strive for new and innovative approaches to the common global problems of poverty alleviation, hunger, Environmental degradation and diseases such as HIV/Aids. He said, “The reality today is that we are all interdependent and have to co-exist on this small planet. Therefore the only sensible and intelligent way of resolving differences and clashes of interests, whether between individuals or nations is through dialogue.
”The KMUN Secretary-General Ms.Nasra Nanda emphasized on the need for all youth, especially the participants to be actively engaged in nation building, as they use technology to convey messages of peace to each other.In his remarks the KMUN President of the Security Council Mohamed Abdirrak Abdullahi advised the delegates to take up the key role in determining Kenya’s progress towards a more peaceful, democratic and prosperous country.
The Secretary-General of the Kenya Red Cross Society, Dr. Abbas Gullet, who is also the 2007 United Nations Person of the Year received a standing ovation from delegates of the Conference when he lauded the organization for being a model to emulate by many African countries for bringing together young minds from different countries, united for a common and worthy cause. Dr. Gullet said that the Kenya Red Cross Society has long recognized that the imagination, ideals and energies of young women and men are vital for the continuing development of the societies in which they live. He called on the delegates to embrace their differences in order to seize common opportunities and defend against shared threats.In his remarks during the closing ceremony of the KMUN Dr. Gullet noted: “The Red Cross Society has been at the forefront of promoting peace to avert conflict over the years as was witnessed recently in its Kumbukumbu 2008 Chagua Peace Campaign that was purposely designed to preach peace before, during and after the recent elections”.
Meanwhile, the KMUN General Assembly, under the Economics and Financial Committee adopted a resolution to encourage debtor countries to reduce on borrowing through creation of policies and projects that discourage dependence on loans but concentrate on trade relations and entrepreneurship. In addition the students were urged to adopt measures to address issues of drug abuse to prevent social anomalies such as sexual abuse.The conference, organized with the assistance of the UN Information Centre, Nairobi, was timely as it came immediately after the Kenya General elections under a new constitution.