Nigerian International Secondary Schools Model United Nations (NISSMUN) Conference is a yearly interactive educational event, recognized by the United Nations, for senior secondary school students within and outside the country. These students, known as delegates at the conference, take on roles as representatives of United Nations member to discuss and debate most pressing global issues, and proffer innovative solutions to the problems. NISSMUN delegates use this conference to develop their diplomatic skills and relations needed to build a more tolerant and peaceful future. It also creates an avenue for the student delegates to build valuable friendships and promote cooperation.
NISSMUN Conference broadens the horizon of participating students and creates more awareness on real life issues affecting our world today. It provides an avenue for the participants to have fresh knowledge and understanding of international activities and encourages them to be more involved in world affairs. The students at the end of the conference leave with fresh drive for success, enhanced skills and self-assurance to grow and become assets to themselves, their schools and the society as a whole. The experience they gain from this conference will assist in building their resilience to real life challenges and leadership problems they may encounter.
The committee and interactive sessions give the participants the chance to understand and realize the need to utilize youth creativity and strength to create a more tolerant and peaceful society which is required in the world today.
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:
1) Model UN events provide active learning opportunities for delegates, allowing them to explore and analyze a situation affecting different people in unusual 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.
2) 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.
3) 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.
4) 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.
5) 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.
6) 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.
How to Complete 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 delegate’s 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
A compulsory essay on ‘Five Years of the Sustainable Development Goals: Moving from Commitments to Results’ is to be submitted by each delegate. It should come along with evidence of payment of conference fee and complete registration form with one passport photograph attached. These materials must be delivered on or before March 23, 2020 which is the deadline date.
All accepted delegates are expected to individually submit their countries’ Position Papers on or before August 10, 2020.
Please Note That The Position Paper Is Separate From The Compulsory Essay.
Committees & Topics
Basic Conference Information:
Requirement for Participation
All Senior Secondary School Students and schools are eligible to register and participate in the conference. Schools can enlist as many students as they want.
Acceptance of Application:
All applications and payments of conference fee must be received on or before March 23, 2020.
Confirmation of students’ participation will be sent to the schools, after receipt of the Registration Forms to on or before April 6, 2020.
NOTE: Registration forms must be returned with one (1) passport photograph, mandatory essays and evidence of payment of conference fee.
All accepted delegates are expected to individually submit their countries Position Papers on or before August 10, 2020. Note: that the position paper is different from the mandatory essay.
Arrival / Departure:
Delegates are expected to arrive from 1:00pm on the 17th October, 2020 and depart on or before 12noon on 22nd October 2020.
Special Intergenerational Dialogue on Five Years of the Sustainable Development Goals: Moving from Commitments to Results:
Young people are the leaders of today and pivotal players in tackling global development issues, therefore, they must be given the opportunity to play a key role in the decision making processes, at all levels of society. If countries of the world are to succeed in achieving the SDGs, leaving no one behind, young people must be considered as critical agents of change in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals. We must help them to develop a sense of ownership and awareness about the challenges they are facing today.
NISSMUN 2020 will attract notable and dynamic personalities relevant to International relations. Experienced minds who have insightful knowledge on the conference theme will also be invited. 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 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 World Cultural Night-
Training Programme for Accompanying Staff
The task of the NISSMUN Staff Adviser is more than just accompanying the students to the conference and monitoring them – it is a huge responsibility. We know how important a staff adviser is to student delegates in a Model UN Conference. It is the desire of Nigeria Model United Nations Society to build the capacities of the accompanying staff, enhance their skills in various competences through a Special Training Programme during the conference, and certificates of participation presented to them.
2020 NISSMUN Branded T-Shirts
All delegates and accompanying staff who register on or before the official deadline of March 23, 2020 are guaranteed to receive a branded t-shirt. We request delegates and staff to indicate their t-shirt sizes on the registration form to enable us meet everyone’s request.
Kindly note that the 2020 NISSMUN T-shirts are meant for everyone. However, delegates and accompanying staff who missed the registration deadline would be required to pay a 10% surcharge as contained in the conference code of conduct.
The 2020 NISSMUN T-shirts would be worn at the official Welcome Party for all delegates.
World Cultural Night:
There are thousands of cultures and traditions across the world, each one unique in its own way. 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 NISSMUN 2020 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 classroom, school environment, family and society. We should therefore recognize 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.
World Food Arena:
One of the many ways people showcase their culture is through food. It is an important part of any celebration across the world, regardless of values or religion. It can unite and strengthen community bonds.
The NISSMUN World Food Arena offers the diplomatic missions in Nigeria, a unique opportunity to showcase their cultural identity through food. The students will have a handful of opportunities to taste the various food delicacies provided by the Embassies/High Commissions.
Gala and Awards Night:
The Gala/Awards Night, a very special event that brings the NISSMUN Conference 2020 celebration to its climax. It is where we recognize outstanding students and Institutions, role models whose achievements are a source of pride and inspiration to young people. We also use this opportunity to show gratitude to staff advisers 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.
Advertisement in the NISSMUN Conference Brochure:
Participating schools are expected to take advantage of the unique nature of the NISSMUN conference and advertise their schools and facilities in the 16th edition of NISSMUN conference brochure. The conference brochure would be sent to other Model United Nations clubs around the world, Embassies, government agencies in Nigeria, stakeholders and the United Nations Headquarters in New York.
NISSMUN 2020 Brochure Advert rates are:
Full Page: N150, 000.00
Inner Front Cover: N180, 000.00
Inner Back Cover: N220, 000.00
Advertisers should please send their artwork (colored) in a Flash Disk or CD Rom with photocopy of payment teller to the NigMUNS office on or before June 30, 2020.
Participation in NISSMUN 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 NISSMUN 2020. Thirty (30) Awards will be presented at the Gala and Awards Night to student delegates, school delegations and accompanying staff who distinguish themselves during the conference.
The Awards are:
Five Years of the Sustainable Development Goals: Moving from Commitments to Results
In 2015, the comity of nations resolved and committed themselves to a global plan of action for people, planet and prosperity, and that plan came into effect on 1 January 2016. This global plan known as Sustainable Development Goals are a very bold set of 17 goals and 169 targets that seek to end poverty and hunger, protect the planet from degradation, ensure that all human beings enjoy prosperous and fulfilling lives as well as foster peaceful, just and inclusive societies which are free from fear and violence. All of these and more are resolved to be achieved by the year 2030.
The Sustainable Development Goals has 10 more years to go, but has the world moved from where we were on the day the SDGs were enacted? On that day and in that period; Billions of our citizens lived in poverty and many denied a life of dignity. There were rising inequalities within and among countries. There were enormous disparities of opportunity, wealth and power. Gender inequality was a key challenge. Unemployment, particularly youth unemployment, was a major concern. There were global health threats, more frequent and intense natural disasters, spiraling conflict, violent extremism, terrorism and related humanitarian crises and forced displacement of people.
We also had natural resource depletion and adverse impacts of environmental degradation, including desertification, drought, land degradation, freshwater scarcity and loss of biodiversity. Climate change was also one of the greatest challenges with increases in global temperature, sea level rise, ocean acidification and other climate change impacts that seriously affected coastal areas and low-lying coastal countries. Alas, the survival of many societies, and of the biological support systems of the planet, was at risk.
2020 marks the fifth year of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Although there has been a certain recorded decline in global poverty, 783 million people still live on less than $1.90 a day. Although Child deaths fell by 47 percent from 2000 to 2016, 5.6 million children die each year still from mostly preventable causes. Although Child brides have declined by 40 percent since 2000, inequality continues to threaten girls and women around the world, women are still underrepresented in the workforce and in political capitals. Although there was a recorded decrease in global hunger, the emergence of conflict, droughts and disasters from climate change caused a rise in the number of undernourished people to 815 million. The issues on Climate change has not changed, with the occurrences of more intense weather conditions affecting all and especially the world’s poorest people.
Therefore, in the same words of Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, we must inject a sense of urgency in our pursuit to meeting the Sustainable Development Goals by stimulating country to country actions that go way beyond the vocalizing of commitments to executing actionable activities that together inspire the desired results.
We must walk the talk.
Objectives of NISSMUN 2020 Conference
The purpose of the NISSMUN 2020 include;
Through the Conference, students will;
Nigeria Model United Nations Society (NigMUNS)
Nigeria Model United Nations Society (NigMUNS) is a non-governmental organization registered under the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. It is also recognized by the Federal Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and has a Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Nigeria Model United Nations Society also prides itself in being the founder of the Model United Nations culture in Nigeria having over 35,000 delegates to show for it. The organization organizes innovative and educational programmes that create a platform for young students to simulate the activities of the United Nations and other international organisations.
NigMUNS promotes interaction and dialogue among young people from different backgrounds, formulating peaceful resolutions to world’s problems and preparing today’s youth for tomorrow’s leadership positions.
As we celebrate our 16th annual conference, we want to continue grooming young students who will use their skills and creative minds to build a more peaceful and tolerant society. Through our various annual conferences which include; Junior Schools International Model United Nations (JUNSIMUN); Lagos Regional Secondary Schools Model United Nations (LARSSMUN); Nigerian International Secondary Schools Model United Nations (NISSMUN); and the Nigerian International Tertiary Model United Nations (NITIMUN), we educate these young people and engage them in discussions about real world issues and how they can help solve them.
Our conferences give students the opportunity to explore and discover their talents and skills. It is an opportunity for young people to challenge themselves and face their fears and also develop their public speaking and communications skills. Through the United Nations simulations, they get to advance their knowledge about certain issues and become more interested and involved in world affairs. The experience they get from their interactions with each other stays with them for life and helps shape them to become ambassadors for peace.
Nigeria Model United Nations Society
14, Dep Street, Off Danube Street, Maitama, Abuja
P.O. Box 7311 Wuse, Abuja, Nigeria
Tel: + 234(0) – (0) 9- 2903635
Hotlines: +234(0) 8022412464, 08068896000
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