31 July 2012
The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) in Windhoek hosted the first “mock simulation” for the Model United Nations (MUN) programme in Namibia.
Building on the progress made with the introductory programme hosted during 2011, UNIC Windhoek conducted two months of intense MUN training for those interested to participate.
On 31 July, 55 students from approximately thirteen schools in the capital assembled at the UN House in Windhoek for the mock simulation to teach them about MUN rules and procedures for the main conference in September.
The successful simulation, held on “Women in armed conflict, peace and security”, was enjoyed by both the students and teachers, with the former taking the opportunity to mix and mingle with their fellow delegates from other schools.
After an engaging debate, rounds of thought-provoking arguments, a UN-moderated caucus on a draft resolution and the counting of votes; the conference came to an end. The half-day session provided noteworthy training on the world of diplomacy. Moreover, it was exciting to see the students deliver their position papers with such grace and poise after only a few weeks of local training sessions at their various schools.
MUN alumni from Namibia wait in anticipation for the “First Annual Model United Nations Nambia Conference” to be held on Namibian soil!
UNIC Windhoek was proud of the participants and their achievements during the mock simulation, and recommitted their ongoing support and leadership to running the programme.