NITIMUN Conference is an academic exercise where students assume the role of ambassadors of member countries of the United Nations and extensively deliberate on current global issues. It gives students the opportunity to view and understand issues from different perspectives, get acquainted with and appreciate different people and cultures, learn to proffer credible and acceptable solutions to identified national and global problems.
The conference has been designed as a forum where students work with these pressing international issues from a perspective outside of the classroom. Representing the interest of a foreign country further broadens the knowledge of the students on the difficulties and complexities of international relations. The programme brings the activities of the United Nations closer to the youth who are made to assume leadership roles through the simulation.
Students at the conference learn to face and overcome challenges, to respect the view point of rivals, to separate the person from the problem, to face disappointment with the determination to do better next time and to experience the joy of achievement. At the end of the conference, each student is changed having learnt more about himself, gained confidence from some endeavours and discovered previously unrecognized potential. The benefit to the student, Institution and society are great.
NITIMUN 2018 theme is: Youth as Change Agents in the Fight against Hate and Discrimination. The committee sessions will avail the students the opportunity to expand their knowledge base on various aspects of global peace and tolerance, and how they can prevent the spread of hate-motivated behaviour in the society.
How Does Model United Nations Operate:
The basic principles of Model United Nations remain the same; regardless of where the conference is taking place;
Benefits of Model United Nations to Students:
Students’ Eligibility Requirements:
How to Complete the Registration Form:
Special information on country/committee selection and assignment:
It is important to note that we cannot guarantee that each student will be assigned the country/committee of his or her choice. Certain criteria may result in a change in delegates’ choice. Some of which are:
** Students who apply to sit on the Security Council should be of academic excellence and possess good public presentation and analytical skills. Accompanying staff should please assist us in this regard.
Submission of Essays and Position Papers:
Every registration form should be submitted along with the mandatory essay on “Youth as Change Agents in the Fight against Hate and Discrimination” on or before the deadline of May 1, 2018. Students are encouraged to start preparation and research as soon as they receive registration confirmation and countries/committees allocated to them.
NOTE: Delegates MUST return Completed Registration Forms with 1 passport photograph each (with names clearly written at the reverse side), Curriculum Vitae and evidence of payment of conference fee.
All accepted delegates are expected to individually submit their countries’ position papers on or before May 1, 2018. Note: that the position paper is different from the mandatory essay.
Acceptance of Application:
Students who have been accepted to participate at NITIMUN 2018 will be notified on or before May 7, 2018.
Mode of Dressing:
The standard mode of dressing for delegates is corporate.
Note: Disobedience to the dress codes will attract expulsion from the conference. See Code of Conduct
Special Notice on Election into Committee Positions:
Chairpersons and Rapporteur of the NITIMUN 2018 Committees will be elected during the conference.
Student delegates interested in any of these positions should submit their typed applications on or before the arrival day, September 8, 2018 for screening by the Electoral Committee. See Conference Schedule.
Committees and Topics:
1). GENERAL ASSEMBLY (GA)
2). SECURITY COUNCIL (SC)
3). ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COUNCIL (ECOSOC)
4). HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL (HRC)
5). INTERNATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATION UNION (ITU)
6). UNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME (UNDP)
7). COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN (CSW)
8). UNITED NATIONS POPULATIONS FUND (UNFPA)
9). UNITED NATIONS ENVIRONMENT PROGRAMME (UNEP)
10). UNITED NATIONS EDUCATIONAL, SCIENTIFIC AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATIO (UNESCO)
11). UNITED NATIONS CHILDREN FUND (UNICEF)
12). WORLD BANK GROUP (WBG)
13). AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK (AfDB)
14). AFRICAN UNION (AU)
15). EUROPEAN UNION (EU)
16). ECONOMIC COMMUNITY OF WEST AFRICAN STATES (ECOWAS)
17). INTER-PARLIAMENTARY UNION (IPU)
18). INTERNATIONAL LABOUR ORGANIZATION (ILO)
19). UNITED NATIONS ALLIANCE OF CIVILIZATIONS (UNAOC)
20). ORGANIZATION OF ISLAMIC COOPERATION (OIC)
21). UNITED NATIONS OFFICE ON DRUGS AND CRIME (UNODC)
22). UNITED NATIONS HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR REFUGEES (UNHCR) – The UN Refugee Agency
23). INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATION FOR MIGRATION (IOM)
24). JOINT UNITED NATIONS PROGRAMME ON HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)
25). UNITED NATIONS WORLD TOURISM ORGANIZATION (UNWTO)
26). INTERNATIONAL CIVIL AVIATION ORGANIZATION (ICAO)
27). INTERNATIONAL PRESS COMMITTEE (IPC)
28). SPECIAL COMIITTEE ON YOUTH ACTION AGAINST DISCRIMINATION (SCYAAD)
Basic Conference Information:
Requirement for Participation –
Application for participation is open to Students from Tertiary Institutions within and outside Nigeria. All applications and payments of conference fee must be received on or before April 27, 2018.
Arrival / Departure:
Special Intergenerational Dialogue –
Delegates at the NITIMUN Conference are not merely model for new knowledge and discovery, but they are also instruments of social change. The Special Intergenerational Dialogue affords distinguished personalities from the government and non-government sectors with the opportunity to present their views on the theme of the conference; interact and dialogue with the students and provide them with useful insights on their role as Change Agents in the Fight against Hate and Discrimination.
World Cultural Night –
Every people and every place possess a unique culture. Experiencing different ways of life and discovering new cultural heritage have become leading motivations for people all over the world. This interaction between diverse cultures, can lead to tolerance, respect and mutual understanding among people.
The NITIMUN 2018 cultural night is to improve students’ relationships and interactions with each other. Our specific goal is to create cultural awareness and better understanding for all participating delegates, this translates to better relationships in the school environment, family and society. We should therefore recognise the role of cultural diversity for the benefit of present and future generations.
Celebrating our Cultural diversity makes life vibrant, richer and more interesting, because it allows us to interact with each other and to better appreciate our own culture. Respect for cultural diversity is the starting point for peaceful and inclusive society. It is an opportunity to unify the future generations and to celebrate all the richness and benefits we get from being such a diverse community.
Institutions wishing to perform at the World Cultural Night should notify us on or before the deadline of registration to book for a slot. The duration for each presentation is between 5 to 7 minutes. The mode of dressing for this event is: Cultural or traditional dress of Nigeria or that of the delegate’s adopted country. Improper dressing by any delegate will not be tolerated.
Guest Speakers –
NITIMUN 2018 will attract notable and dynamic personalities relevant to government, international relations, and contemporary issues to the conference. In addition, we will introduce in-committee guest speaker programme to ensure that all delegates have the opportunity to hear from real experts on their committee topics.
Gala and Awards Night –
The Gala/Awards Night, a very special event that brings the NITIMUN Conference 2018 celebration to its climax, is where we recognize outstanding students and Institutions, role models whose achievements are a source of pride and inspiration to young people. We also show our thanks to staff advisers and institutions for their continued support.
The event aims to provide delegates the opportunity to interact freely with very important personalities and diplomats in an atmosphere devoid of the usual protocol associated with the offices of these personalities.
Participation in NITIMUN yields tremendous educational and personal rewards. Each delegate should rightly feel great pride in doing the research necessary to participate and in successfully playing the role of his/her country during the conference.
As a means of recognizing outstanding efforts in this area, we are pleased to present several awards with prizes at the conclusion of NITIMUN 2018. Twenty-six (26) Awards will be presented at the Gala and Awards Night to student delegates, Institution delegations and accompanying staff who distinguish themselves during the conference.
The Awards are:
Youth as Change Agents in the Fight Hate and Discrimination
We live in a society where there is an increase in harsh, hateful rhetoric against people because of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, disability or other personal characteristics, and the experiences of discrimination can alienate and isolate members of minority groups. In this regard, young people have a role to play in leading others to stand up, speak out, and take action against discrimination, wherever it raises its ugly head.
Discrimination and intolerance strike at the heart of those values that a democratic and dynamic society cherishes especially the fundamental principle that all persons are created equal. Hate tears society along racial, ethnic, gender, and religious lines and in some instances, those prejudices run so deep that they motivate the commission of hate crimes. Hate crimes more than any other crime, can trigger community conflict, civil disturbances, and even riots.
In the fight against discrimination and hate, youth have the major roles to play, especially as they are more open to education; learning and relearning. With youth, come creativity, energy, optimism, and determination. So with the right opportunities, there is so much we can benefit from the demographics of youth in this fight, particularly when they are involved in policy making and the design of initiatives for peace and stability.
Young people are the key to the future of our world, so they must play leading roles in building a better world. The statistics of youth around the world hold very positive potentials for our chances of eliminating discrimination. So many youths around the world are quite dedicated to working for a better world, and as such require basic supports in their various capacities to lead the fight against discrimination and hate.
We must create opportunities for young people to engage in creative self-reflection and to explore the diversity around them in open, honest, and creative ways, while learning about the causes and effects of prejudice and bias, with a view to a lifelong journey toward fairness and nonviolence.
Now, more than ever, young people everywhere must work together to counter the racism, discrimination, and intergroup violence that pose significant threats to the full participation of all youth as credible leadership successors, and change agents in a global democratic society.
Objectives of NITIMUN 2018 Conference:
Through the conference, students will:
Nigeria Model United Nations Society (NigMUNS):
Nigeria Model United Nations Society (NigMUNS) is an international educational and youth development organization established in 2004. It is registered as a non-governmental and non-profit making organisation under the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; recognized by the Federal Ministry of Education and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and has a Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
Our mission is to help young people discover their own voice, to find their own purpose, to make their unique contribution and release their full potential. Since the inception of our annual conference series in 2005, Nigeria Model United Nations Society has helped more than 19, 000 students prepare for the future with leadership and responsible global citizenship.
NigMUNS prides itself as the founder of the Model United Nations culture in Nigeria. Today, the organisation hosts 5 annual conferences for primary school, secondary school and tertiary institution students, namely – Junior Schools International Model United Nations (JUNSIMUN); South East Regional Secondary Schools Model United Nations (SERSSMUN); Lagos Regional Secondary Schools Model United Nations (LARSSMUN); Nigerian International Secondary Schools Model United Nations (NISSMUN); and Nigerian International Tertiary Institutions Model United Nations (NITIMUN).
Our programmes present an invaluable opportunity to curious and intelligent students to explore the world in the context of the United Nations. In doing so, the students learn to face and overcome challenges, to respect the viewpoints of rivals, to separate the person from the problem, to disappoint with the determination to do better next time and to experience the joy and exhilaration of achievement. Each student participant is completely changed, having learned more about himself or herself, gained confidence from some endeavours and discovered previously unrecognized potential.