LARSSMUN 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, school and society are great.
LARSSMUN 2017 theme is: Tackling Students Involvement in Cybercrime. The committee sessions will avail the students the opportunity to expand their knowledge base on various aspects of corruption and how they can contribute to a corruption free 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;
- Participants are assigned a UN Member State. They assume the role of that country’s diplomats at whichever UN body is being enacted. The delegates represent the views of ‘their’ assigned countries, reflecting the countries’ national interests, rather than their own personal opinions on an issue.
- The delegates research their country’s position on selected topics, paying particular attention to their country’s perspective on the topics to be discussed at the Model UN. The topics are issues of global importance.
- The committee sessions are held in accordance with rules of procedure. The delegates present statements of their countries’ positions and debate and negotiate with the other delegates, both through formal and informal debate.
- A resolution is written, debated, negotiated and amended, in line with each country’s interests and in response to the debate. Votes are held on the resolution and the amendments. A final resolution is produced, which is acceptable to a majority of delegations and represents the final product of the meeting.
Benefits of Model United Nations to Students
- Model UN events provide active learning opportunities for delegates, allowing them to explore and analyze a situation affecting unfamiliar people in unfamiliar settings. They negotiate and reach consensus on the best action for all, working individually and as part of a group. Delegates develop their communication skills and build their self-confidence.
- Helps the students appreciate the relevance of academic study to real world problems and utilize the skills learned through their school’s course curriculum or degrees.
- Provides a multicultural learning experience, as it gives students the opportunity to meet others from diverse backgrounds and nationalities and helps them break out from their own prejudices and preconceptions about world affairs.
- Instills responsibility and discipline as the students assume the role of ambassadors and speak out on behalf of nations in a bid to resolving issues.
- The UN can be a difficult organization to grasp – it is not a world government, but a system of many organizations which together affect our lives in many ways. In order to influence the way in which the UN works, we must understand the UN – one way of doing this is by taking part in a Model UN event.
- Model UN work not only educates participants about the problems the world is facing, but also suggests the means by which progress can be made and problems resolved, peacefully and justly.
Students’ Eligibility Requirements
- Senior Secondary Students – SS1, SS2 or SS3
- Proven ability to compile extensive research on chosen topics with a clear understanding of country’s position
- Ability to communicate clearly and express thoughts and ideas in a coherent manner
- knowledge of the United Nations
- Demonstrated leadership skills
How to Complete the Registration Form
- Select any 3 countries of your choice from the country/committee matrix attached that you can represent (1 out of the 3 could be allocated to you depending on availability)
- Select any 3 committees of your choice from the country/committee matrix attached that you wish to simulate (1 out of the 3 could be allocated to you also depending on availability)
- Ensure that the country chosen is a member of the committee selected as appropriately indicated in the matrix
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:
- Most countries are allocated on first come, first serve basis. Delegates are thereby encouraged to send in their application forms early.
- Essays are rated according to performance. The best essays sometimes get their choice of allocation.
**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 “Tackling Students Involvement in Cybercrime” on or before the deadline of July 14, 2017. Students are encouraged to start preparation and research as soon as they receive registration confirmation and countries/committees allocated to them.
Acceptance of Application
Students who have been accepted to participate at LARSSMUN 2017 will be notified on or before July 28, 2017.
Requirement for Participation
Application for participation is open to Senior Secondary School Students and schools can register as much students as possible.
All applications and payments of conference fee must be received on or before July 14, 2017.
NOTE: Registration forms must be returned with one (1) passport photograph, mandatory essays and evidence of payment of conference fee.
Committees and Topics
- GENERAL ASSEMBLY (GA)
- Tackling young people involvement in cybercrime
- Fighting cybercrime through closer international cooperation
- SECURITY COUNCIL (SC)
- Online recruitment and radicalization of young people by terrorist groups
- Cyber Terrorism as a threat to global peace and security
- ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COUNCIL (ECOSOC)
- The impact of the internet fraud on economic growth and prosperity
- Building confidence and trust in the online environment
- HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL (HRC)
- The role of young people in fight against online racism and discrimination
- Cyber bullying as an abuse of human rights
- UNITD NATIONS OFFICE ON DRUGS AND CRIME (UNODC)
- Cybercrime as an emerging form of transnational organized crime
- Young people as a high risk group in cybercrime
- INTERNATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATION UNION (ITU)
- Curbing the misuse of the internet among young people
- Protecting internet users through new mobile security software
- COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN (CSW)
- Tackling cyber violence against women and girls
- The challenges of parenting in a digital age
- UNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME (UNDP)
- Assisting developing countries to counter cybercrime
- Role of ICTs in the achievement of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals
- UNITED NATIONS CHILDREN FUND (UNICEF)
- Protecting children from online exploitation
- Teaching children cyber ethics
- UNITED NATIONS CONFERENCE ON TRADE AND DEVELOPMENT (UNCTAD)
- Effects of cybercrime on individuals and business organizations
- Combatting cybercrime and illicit proceeds of crime
- UNITED NATIONS EDUCTAIONAL, SCIENTIFIC AND CULTURAL ORGANISATION (UNESCO)
- Promoting an educational campaign on cybercrime
- Providing basic internet safety resources for parents and guardians
- INTERNATIONAL LABOUR ORGANISATION (ILO)
- Preventing cybercrime through youth employment
- Harnessing positive Cyber Skills among young people
- WORLD BANK GROUP (WBG)
- Engaging financial institutions in the fight against cybercrime
- Fighting crime by investing in young people
- WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION (WHO)
- Impact of cyber bullying on young people’s emotional health and wellbeing
- Protecting health care organisations from cyber attacks
- UNITED NATIONS INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT ORGANISATION (UNIDO)
- Providing developing countries with the technology know how on cyber security
- Protecting businesses against the growing threat of cybercrime
- FOOD AND AGRICULTURAL ORGANISATION (FAO)
- Impact of ICTs in agricultural transactions
- Protecting agriculture and food critical infrastructures from cyber attacks
- WORLD TRADE ORGANISATION (WTO)
- Effects of cybercrime on trade and investment
- Promoting ethical behaviour in international trade
- INTERNATION CIVIL AVIATIONS ORGANISATION (ICAO)
- Impact of terrorism on air travel
- Developing new technologies for aviation cyber security
- UNITED NATIONS FUND FOR POPULATION ACTIVITIES (UNFPA)
- Strengthening women’s access to media and information technology
- Reducing online discrimination and violence against women
- UNITED NATIONS HABITAT (UN-HABITAT)
- Engaging internet and telecommunication service providers in the fight against cybercrime
- Effects of new information technologies on young urban dwellers
- AFRICAN UNION (AU)
- Preventing and combating cybercrime in Africa
- Provision of modern communication technologies in local communities
- EUROPEAN UNION (EU)
- Tackling online extortion, international money laundering and identity theft
- Combating hate speech in cyberspace
- ECONOMIC COMMUNITY FOR WEST AFRICAN STATES (ECOWAS)
- Increasing public awareness of online crimes
- Reducing the risks of young people’s increased technological exposure
- THE COMMISSION FOR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FOR DEVELOPMENT (CSTD)
- Developing new technologies to protect online transactions
- Using Science, technology and innovation to achieve the SDGs
- SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON YOUTH ACTION ON CYBER CRIME (SCYACC)
- Engaging the youth in the fight against internet fraud
- Educating young people on the potential dangers of social networking sites
- INTERNATIONAL PRESS COMMITTEE (IPC)
- The role of the media in the fight against cybercrime
- Promoting internet safety education
International Press Committee (IPC)
This simulation was added to LARSSMUN to represent the role of the media in diplomacy and international politics. The program is open to all students who have an interest in international relations, communications, journalism, or similar areas of interest. IPC delegates represent correspondents and news services which are represented in the United Nations Correspondents Association (UNCA). The IPC publishes a daily newsletter of LARSSMUN 2017 – ‘LARSSMUN BRIDGE’ covering the committee proceedings, world developments, and other related news.
Application criteria for the IPC include:
- Completion of the LARSSMUN 2017 registration form with the mandatory essay.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Ability to work under pressure and handle multiple tasks
- A motivational letter with previous experience in school journalism or ability to function effectively in the IPC.
BASIC CONFERENCE INFORMATIONS
- Registration is from April 30, 2017 till July 14, 2017. Delegates who register after
this date will be subjected to a 10% surcharge and placed on the waiting list.
- NigMUNS will not make any refund of payment from two months before the conference.
- Any swapping or changing of delegate after registration will attract a fee.
Arrival / Departure
Arrival is on or before 10.30am on the 11th November, 2017 and departure is on or before 11. 30am on 15th November, 2017.
Special Interactive Session
Today’s generation of young people is the largest that the world has ever known, therefore Stimulating intergenerational dialogue among them should be one of the priorities in their upbringing. It is our believe that this conference will provide them an enabling platform to discuss key issues that affect them directly. It will also allow them move away from their normal life, by exploring new ideas for a progressive society. The Special Interactive Session 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 answers to their questions and concerns bothering on the issues around cybercrime.
World Cultural Night
The LARSSMUN 2017 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.
Schools 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.
LARSSMUN 2017 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 LARSSMUN Conference 2017 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 LARSSMUN 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 LARSSMUN 2017. Twenty Six (26) Awards will be presented at the Official Banquet and Awards Night to student delegates, school delegations and accompanying staff who distinguish themselves during the conference.
The Awards are:
- Best Female Delegate
- Second Best Female Delegate
- Third Best Female Delegate
- Best Male Delegate
- Second Best Male Delegate
- Third Best Male Delegate
- Best School Delegation
- Second Best School Delegation
- Third Best School Delegation
- Best Male Accompanying Teacher
- Best Female Accompanying Teacher
- Best Cultural Performance
- Second Best Cultural Performance
- Third Best Cultural Performance
- Best Drama Presentation
- Second Best Drama Presentation
- Best Cultural Costume
- Second Best Cultural Costume
- Third Best Cultural Costume
- Best Conference Director
- Second Best Conference Director
- Best Committee Chairperson
- Second Best Committee Chairperson
- Best Committee Rapporteur
- Second Best Committee Rapporteur
- Outstanding Delegates in each Committee
Tackling Students Involvement in Cybercrime
The internet in the 21st century creates an unlimited opportunities for commercial, social and educational activities to people of all ages. It also presents opportunities to cyber criminals to explore and exploit their victims. Cybercrime is a new type of crime committed through the internet. It is a global problem and its scope is boundless to time, people and locations. It is not limited to adults, some youth are also into the act.
The alarming rate of youth involvement in cybercrime raises great concern. The reason most of these young people engage in cybercrime varies, and are also dependent on a number of different factors such as financial gain, peer pressure, fame and revenge. Some also do it for fun and are ignorant of the implications of their actions. It has also been argued that most of these youth do not have the opportunity to learn what the law prohibits them from doing. It should be noted that though, a high percentage of youth are engage in cybercrime, a certain number of them are victims.
LARSSMUN 2017 theme: Tackling students involvement in cybercrime, provides the youth insight on the effects and dangers of cybercrime, and also educate them on measures to take to avoid becoming victims of these crimes. There is great need for carrying out awareness campaigns on emerging cyber threats and building their capacity to respond to these attacks in case they occur. Involving the students in discussing internet crime is the most effective solution to minimizing cybercrime which continues to grow in size and intensity. Parents, teachers, adults and care givers should work to improve young people’s safety online by teaching them how to identify and deal with harmful contents on the internet and mobile phones, and how to use, manage and access these contents. If we reduce the effects of cybercrime in our societies this will be a great achievement for us, and this will not just be a success for the peoples but for the world at large.
Goals of LARSSMUN 2017
- Giving students the knowledge, understanding and skills to enable them to participate in society as active citizens and change agents
- Enabling them to be informed, critical and responsible and aware of their duties and rights
- Providing a framework which promotes the social, moral and cultural development of pupils
- Enabling them to become more self-confident and responsible in and beyond the classroom
- Encouraging students to become helpfully involved in the life of their schools, neighbourhoods, communities and the wider world
- Promoting their political and economic literacy through learning about our economy and our democratic institutions
- Helping students to gain a disposition for reflective discussion
- Showing students how to make themselves effective in the life of the nation, locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.
Through the conference, students will
- Develop the necessary skills to be effective peacemakers in their homes, schools and communities.
- Understand the benefits of communities and societies living in peace
- Understand conflict and the underlying causes of conflict.
- Acquire skills and competencies in mediation, negotiation and conflict resolution.
- Learn to develop respect for others regardless of their economic status, gender, race, nationality, class or religious beliefs.
- Have clearer understanding of how to make right and wrong cyber choices.
- Learn how to stay safe on the internet.
- Develop self-confidence and successfully deal with significant life challenges.