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 theme of the 2020 edition is: Five Years of the Sustainable Development Goals: Moving from Commitments to Results.
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:
- Each delegate is assigned a UN Member State and a UN body or Committee, and he/she assumes the role of that country’s representative at that UN body or committee.
- The delegate researches his/her country’s position on the selected committee topics, paying particular attention to their country’s perspective on the topics to be discussed at the Committee Sessions. 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’ position then debate and negotiate with the other delegates, through formal and informal debates.
- At the end of the whole debate and negotiation, a consensus is reached and a resolution is drafted. The drafted resolution is further scrutinized for possible amendments and finally adopted through the majority vote as the final RESOLUTION.
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.
- Students should be in Senior Secondary 1, 2 or 3
- They should understand the United Nations and its affairs
- Verified research skills and ability to comprehend research topics
- Effective communication skills
- Students should possess leadership qualities
- Students should be team players and eager to learn
- Students should be disciplined and smart
How to Complete Registration Form:
- The participating students are required to select any 3 countries of their choice from the country/committee matrix. (1 out of the 3 countries could be allocated to you based 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 committees 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 country/committee 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 delegate’s choice. Some of which are:
- Most countries are allocated on first-come, first-served basis. Delegates are therefore encouraged to send in their application forms early.
- Essays are rated according to performance. The best essays will receive awards.
*** 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
- GENERAL ASSEMBLY
- Reminding our political leaders of their commitment on the SDGs
- Conflict and insecurity as threats to sustainable development
- Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality
- SECURITY COUNCIL
- Addressing the underlying causes of terrorism
- Achieving peace and stability in the middle east
- ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COUNCIL (ECOSOC)
- Implementing policies for poverty eradication and sustainable development
- Increasing the capacity of local communities to pursue sustainable livelihood opportunities
- HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION (HRC)
- Promoting education for human rights and gender equality
- Creating a disability inclusive world
- UNITED NATIONS OFFICE ON DRUGS AND CRIME (UNODC)
- Strengthening the recovery and return of stolen assets and combating all forms of organized crime
- Promoting rule of law and equal access to justice
- Reducing illicit financial and arms flows, corruption and bribery
- UNITED NATIONS FRAMEWORK CONVENTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE (UNFCCC)
- Environmental degradation and climate change as threats to sustainable development
- Improving the education and awareness raising on climate change mitigation, adaptation and early warning
- ORGANISATION FOR THE PROHIBITION OF CHEMICAL WEAPONS (OPCW)
- Promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development
- Eliminating the global stocks of chemical weapon agents and promoting peaceful use of chemistry for sustainable development
- INTERNATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATION UNION (ITU)
- Providing universal affordable access of internet in least developed countries
- Bridging the gender gap in information and communication technology (ICT)
- UNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME (UNDP)
- Ensuring that no one is left behind in the implementation of the SDGs
- Reducing by half the proportion of men, women and children of all ages living in poverty
- COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN (CSW)
- Empowerment of women and girls as a key accelerator to achieving the SDGs
- Upholding the right women to ownership and control of land and other forms of property
- INTERNAIONAL LABOUR ORGANISATION (ILO)
- Increasing the employment opportunities of youth and adults with relevant technical and vocational skills
- Achieving decent work for all young people and persons with disabilities
- UNITED NATIONS EDUCATIONAL SCIENTIFIC AND CULTURAL ORGANISATION (UNESCO)
- Promoting education for sustainability
- Ensuring that all youth, both girls and boys, achieve literacy and numeracy
- UNITED NATIONS CHILDREN FUND (UNICEF)
- Ensuring that all girls and boys have access to quality early childhood development, care and pre-primary education.
- Tackling early child and forced marriages, and genital mutilation against women
- WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION (WHO)
- Strengthening the treatment and prevention of substance abuse, including narcotic drugs abuse and harmful use of alcohol
- Protecting children from diseases associated with poor water supply, sanitation and hygiene
- Reducing the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents
- UNITED NATIONS POPULATION FUND (UNFPA)
- The impact of population growth and ageing on sustainable development
- Turning the youth bulge into youth dividend
- FOOD AND AGRICULTURAL ORGANISATION (FAO)
- Ending poverty through the engagement of young people in sustainable agriculture
- Promoting youth initiative and innovation in tackling famers and herders’ disputes
- WORLD BANK GROUP (WBG)
- Promoting youth financial literacy as a tool for sustainable development
- Integrating human rights in the financing of development agenda
- AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK (AfDB)
- African youth as the untapped resource in achieving the SDGs
- Investing in Climate Change education, training and awareness raising
- INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND (IMF)
- Putting young people at the heart of development
- Improving domestic capacity for tax and revenue collection
- UNITED NATIONS INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT ORGANISATION (UNIDO)
- Promoting the development and transfer of environmentally sound technologies to developing countries
- Reducing waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse
- WORLD FOOD PROGRAMME (WFP)
- Ending hunger, achieving food security and improved nutrition
- Investing in the agriculture sector to combat hunger and malnutrition
- UNITED NATIONS HUMAN SETTLEMNETS PROGRAMME (UN-HABITAT)
- Taking action to reduce the degradation of natural habitats
- Upgrading slums and ensuring access to adequate, safe and affordable housing for all
- UNITED NATIONS ENVIRONMENT PROGRAMME (UNEP)
- Achieving sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources
- Engaging Fossil fuel companies in the fight against climate change
- UNITED NATIONS WORLD TOURISM ORGANISATION (UNWTO)
- Tourism as a sector vulnerable to environmental degradation and climate change
- Promoting sustainable tourism that creates jobs and promotes local culture and products
- INTERNATIONAL MARITIME ORGANISATION (IMO)
- Preventing and significantly reducing marine pollution of all kinds
- Enhancing the conservation and sustainable use of oceans
- Improving the safety and security of international shipping and preventing pollution from ship
- JOINT UNITED NATIONS PROGRAMME ON HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)
- Ensuring healthy lives and ending the AIDS epidemic, tuberculosis, malaria and other neglected tropical diseases
- Engaging young people in improving awareness on HIV and eliminating HIV-related discrimination
- INTERNATIONAL CIVIL AVIATION ORGANISATION (ICAO)
- Air transport as a catalyst for economic and social development
- Sharing of knowledge, expertise and technology for the sustainable development of aviation in Africa
- UNITED NATIONS CONFERENCE ON TRADE AND DEVELOPMENT (UNCTAD)
- Trade and Investment as vehicles for inclusive and sustainable development
- The role of the private sector in integrating sustainable development goals into their core businesses
- PEACE BUILDING COMMISSION (PBC)
- Promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development
- Ending wars and reducing the incidence of violence
- UNITED NATION FORUM ON FOREST (UNFF)
- Combating desertification and sustainably manage forests
- Enhancing the role of forests in reducing the risk of natural disasters
- WORLD METEROLOGICAL ORGANISATION (WMO)
- Providing scientific facts and analysis on climate change
- Engaging young people in weather and climate issues
- UNITED NATIONS COMMISSION ON SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FOR DEVELOPMENT (CSTD)
- Promoting the development, transfer, dissemination and diffusion of environmentally sound technologies to developing countries at favourable terms
- Promoting clean energy and green industry development
- AFRICAN UNION (AU)
- Recognising the roles and responsibilities of local governments in achieving the SDGs
- Substantially reducing corruption and bribery in all their forms
- Checkmating the resurgence of youth militancy in Africa
- EUROPEAN UNION (EU)
- Raising sustainable development and lifestyles in harmony with nature
- Committing resources in realizing the SDGs in developing countries and engaging in global partnerships for development
- ECONOMIC COMMUNITY OF WEST AFRICAN STATES (ECOWAS)
- Youth as active drivers of change in local communities
- Engaging youth in building peace and fostering sustainable development across the Lake Chad Basin Communities
- UNITED NATIONS ECONOMIC COMMISSION FOR LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN (UNECLAC)
- Sustainable use of natural resources in the Small Island Development States
- Strengthening climate change education in the region
- UNITED NATIONS ECONOMIC COMMISSION FOR ASIA AND THE PACIFIC (UNESCAP)
- Closing the gap between economic growth and environmental degradation in the Asia-Pacific Region
- Incorporating renewable energy into public facilities
- ORGANISATION FOR ISLAMIC COOPERATION (OIC)
- Engaging traditional and religious leaders in the fight against gender-based violence
- Promoting social, economic and political inclusion of youth and women
- INTERNATIONAL PRESS COMMITTEE (IPC)
- Intensifying the awareness on SDGs among youth and the public
- Promoting the rights of women and girls through the social media
- SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON YOUTH ACTION ON THE SDGS (SCOYAS)
- The role of youth in localizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
- Corruption as a threat to sustainable development
- INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATION FOR MIGRATION (IOM)
- Impact of humanitarian crises and forced displacement of people on sustainable development
- Providing refugees, internally displaced persons and migrants with life-long learning opportunities.
- Ensuring the rights and safety of migrants and combating discrimination against migrants.
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.
- Registration begins November 4, 2019 and ends March 23, 2020. Late registration by Delegates will lead to 10% surcharge.
- NigMUNS will not make any refund of payment from two months before the conference
- If there is need to replace any Student Delegate, Conference Official or Accompanying Staff after registration, an administrative fee of N3,000 will be required.
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:
- 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 Committee
- 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
- Best Theme Essay
- Second Best Theme Essay
- Third Best Theme Essay
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;
- Ensuring that students acquire knowledge and skills necessary to promote sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles,
- Creating a platform for young people to express their opinions,
- Enhancing intercultural education,
- Improving the public speaking skills and knowledge of the youth,
- Developing the skills, values and attitudes that empowers students to take informed decisions,
- Providing a platform for youth innovative ideas and solutions to world problems.
Through the Conference, students will;
- Learn about SDGs initiatives and develop insights into issues of global concern,
- Improve their skills and capabilities,
- Learn to appreciate different cultures, beliefs and opinions,
- Develop more strategies and solutions to global problems,
- Build meaningful and lasting friendships,
- Become assets to the society with the use of their innovative minds.
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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