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 2017 theme is: Tackling Unemployment and Youth Involvement in Cybercrime. The committee sessions will avail the students the opportunity to expand their knowledge base on various aspects of unemployment and cybercrime, and how they can contribute to making the world a more secured place for all.
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 “Tackling Unemployment and Youth Involvement in Cybercrime” on or before the deadline of July 30, 2017. 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.
Acceptance of Application
Students who have been accepted to participate at NITIMUN 2017 will be notified on or before August 7, 2017.
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 attached.
Special Notice on Election into Committee Positions
Chairpersons and Rapporteur of the NITIMUN 2017 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, October 31, 2017 for screening by the Electoral Committee. See Conference Schedule.
The subsidized conference fee covers:
NITIMUN 2017 Committees and Topics
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 July 30, 2017.
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 answers to their questions and concerns on issues of Unemployment and Youth Involve in Cybercrime.
World Cultural Night
The NITIMUN 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.
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.
NITIMUN 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 NITIMUN 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 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 2017. 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:
Tackling Unemployment and Youth Involvement in Cybercrime
Youth unemployment is one of the major threats in our world today. It is a growing problem that has significant long term consequences for individuals, communities, countries, economies and societies. In this regard, the increase in unemployment rate of young people is of real concern as it plays a pivotal role in exacerbating young people’s vulnerability to becoming involved in criminal activities.
Young people today have very slim chances of getting even a mainstream job with low pay. It is little wonder that many do not feel motivated to work hard when in university, polytechnic or college of education, when there is so little reward to look forward to in the employment market. Feeling desperate, they eventually turn to other sources and means to finally make some money which most often results in illegal activities and other crimes such as cybercrime.
Cybercrime is an emerging threat, mostly committed by some young people to make a living among other reasons. It is a wrong use of the internet and other communication technologies to commit crimes like hacking, phishing, piracy, spamming, identity theft, credit card fraud, defamation, and so many others. Cybercrime increases in most developing countries as unemployed youth take advantage of unsuspecting people online, using fake identities to perpetuate their criminal activities.
Cybercrime is not endemic to a particular geographical area, it is a global problem. This type of crime is committed by means of or by using a computer and an internet connection or computer technology. Cybercrime is a borderless problem and while law enforcement agencies are trying to tackle this problem, it is growing steadily with victims from all backgrounds.
Nigeria Model United Nations Society (NigMUNS), the organizers of NITIMUN 2017 intends to challenge young people to become drivers of positive change in the society by joining the fight against cybercrime. This is of utmost significance, as it impacts their lives and future. The interactive educational sessions will give the participants a better understanding of cybercrime, its dangers and also teach internet safety and proper internet usage.
Objectives of NITIMUN 2017 Conference
Through the conference, students will: