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Registration Guidelines: NISSMUN 2018

Introduction:

NISSMUN Conference as a Model United Nations programme, is an annual academic exercise where students role-play UN delegates — is more than just an after-school activity. It is an op­portunity to change the world. By stepping into the shoes of UN delegates representing their countries’ interests to the global community, Model UN participants build the knowledge, skills and relationships needed to build a better global future.

NISSMUN Conference is a transformative experience that deepens participants’ understanding of the world and their place within it. Delegates emerge from NISSMUN Conference with open minds, fresh ideas and new friends. With the skills they develop in speaking, writing, negotiating and diplomacy, it is no surprise that many go on to become community and world leaders.

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.

NISSMUN 2018 theme is: Eliminating acts of intolerance, discrimination and hate crimes through Education.

The committee sessions will provide the participants with the unique opportunity to further understand and appreciate the values of tolerance, diversity and peaceful co-existence.

How Does Model United Nations Operate:

The basic principles of Model United Nations remain the same; regardless of where the conference is taking place:

  1. 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 issues.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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:

  1. 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.
  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.
    • 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:

  1. 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)
  2. 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)
  3. Ensure that the country chosen is a member of the committee selected as appropriately indicated in the matrix dodge.

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-served basis. Delegates are thereby 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.

Registration Deadline:

Submission of Essays and Position Papers –

Every delegates is expected to submit his/her completed registration form with One (1) passport photograph, evidence of payment of conference fee and the mandatory essay on Eliminating acts of intolerance, discrimination and hate crimes through Education must be received on or before the deadline of April 2, 2018. Students are encouraged to start preparation and research as soon as they receive registration confirmation and countries/committees allocated to them.  All accepted delegates are expected to individually submit their countries’ position papers on or before August 6, 2018.

NOTE: that the position paper is different from the mandatory essay.

Committees & Topics:

  • GENERAL ASSEMBLY (GA)
  1. Global action for total elimination of racism, discrimination, xenophobia and other related intolerance
  2. Promoting mutual respect and understanding
  • SECURITY COUNCIL (SC)
  1. Lasting solution to the middle east crisis
  2. Terrorism as a grave threat to world peace and security
  • ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COUNCIL (ECOSOC)
  1. Promoting inclusive and sustainable economic growth – (SDGs)
  2. Addressing the socio-economic needs of marginalized or discriminated groups
  • HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL (HRC)
  1. Recognition of specific rights of indigenous people
  2. Prejudice and discrimination against disabled people
  • UNITED NATIONS OFFICE ON DRUGS AND CRIME (UNODC)
  1. Preventing youth hate crime
  2. Building the capacity of civil society groups to combat hate crimes
  • INTERNATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATION UNION (ITU)
  1. Exploiting the internet to promote hatred
  2. Teaching young people cyber ethics
  • UNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME (UNDP)
  1. Leaving no one behind in the achievement of the sustainable development goals (SDGs)
  2. Placing the dignity of human being at the centre of every development strategy
  • COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN (CSW)
  1. Combatting discrimination against women
  2. Achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls (SDGs)
  • UNITED NATIONS ALLIANCE OF CIVILIZATIONS (UNAOC)
  1. Improving intercultural understanding across borders
  2. Building bridges between societies
  • INTERNATIONAL LABOUR ORGANIZATION (ILO)
  1. Stigma and discrimination in employment
  2. Tackling unemployment among vulnerable groups
  • UNITED NATIONS EDUCATIONAL, SCIENTIFIC AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATIO (UNESCO)
  1. Promoting respect, tolerance and peace through education
  2. Promoting cross-cultural education in our schools
  • UNITED NATIONS CHILDREN FUND (UNICEF)
  1. Children with disabilities as the most vulnerable to abuse, exploitation and neglect
  2. Providing qualitative education for children of marginalized communities
  • WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (WHO)
  1. Impact of violence and exploitation on a child’s physical and mental health
  2. Health effects of racial discrimination.
  • UNITED NATIONS FUND FOR POPULATIONS ACTIVITIES (UNFPA)
  1. Investing in the poorest and most marginalized populations
  2. Impact of discriminatory laws on poor women
  • FOOD AND AGRICULTURAL ORGANIZATION (FAO)
  1. Eliminating discrimination against women in access to agricultural resources
  2. Tackling violent conflicts between farmers and herdsmen
  • WORLD BANK GROUP (WBG)
  1. Access to credit for the most marginalized groups
  2. Income inequality as a form of discrimination
  • AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK (AfDB)
  1. Access to credit for the most marginalized groups
  2. Transforming lives and fighting poverty
  • INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND (IMF)
  1. Reducing wealth inequalities between developing and developed countries
  2. Impact of intolerance and discrimination on economic and social development
  • UNITED NATIONS INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATION (UNIDO)
  1. Managing cultural diversity in the workplace
  2. Investing in labour- saving and productivity- enhancing technologies for rural women
  • WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION (WTO)
  1. Tackling discrimination in international trade
  2. Promoting economic growth and social inclusion of marginalized groups
  • WORLD FOOD PROGRAMME (WFP)
  1. Rural women as important partners in the fight against hunger and poverty
  2. Linking hunger to discrimination and social exclusion
  • UNITED NATIONS HABITAT (UN-HABITAT)
  1. Fighting discrimination by improving the living conditions of urban slum dwellers
  2. Cities as major actors in the fight against racism and discrimination
  • UNITED NATIONS ENVIRONMENT PROGRAMME (UNEP)
  1. Resolving natural resource- induced conflicts
  2. Protecting the environmental rights of indigenous people and local communities
  • UNITED NATIONS HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR REFUGEES (UNHCR)
  1. Tackling prejudice against refugees
  2. Protecting the rights of child refugees and internally displaced children
  • UNITED NATIONS WORLD TOURISM ORGANIZATION (UNWTO)
  1. Building bridges of tolerance across communities
  2. Impact of racism and prejudice on the tourism industry
  • INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATION FOR MIGRATION (IOM)
  1. Discrimination and violence towards migrants
  2. Enhancing effective urban governance in the age of migration
  • JOINT UNITED NATIONS PROGRAMME ON HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)
    1. Strengthening the rights of people living with HIV and AIDS
    2. Protecting all citizens from discrimination in employment
  • INTERNATIONAL CIVIL AVIATION ORGANIZATION (ICAO)
  1. Tackling discrimination and prejudice in air travel
  2. Impact of violent extremism on the airline industry
  • AFRICAN UNION (AU)
  1. The rise in ethnic clashes
  2. The role of parents and families in the fight against bias and discrimination
  • EUROPEAN UNION (EU)
  1. Fighting hate speech against migrants and refugees
  2. The resurgence of racist and xenophobic violence in public sphere
  • ECONOMIC COMMUNITY OF WEST AFRICAN STATES (ECOWAS)
  1. Educating local communities on hate crimes and diversity
  2. Engaging religious leaders in the fight against prejudice and discrimination
  • UNITED NATIONS ECONOMIC COMMUNITY FOR LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARRIBEAN (UNECLAC)
  1. Challenging the attitudes and behaviours that foster hatred
  2. Tackling poor educational environment for indigenous people
  • UNITED NATIONS ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COMMISSION FOR ASIA AND THE PACIFICS (UNESCAP)
  1. Curbing the attacks on religious and ethnic groups
  2. Tackling prejudice and promoting understanding among communities
  • ORGANIZATION OF ISLAMIC COOPERATION (OIC)
  1. Combatting defamation of religions
  2. Manifestation of intolerance and discrimination in matters of religion or belief
  • INTERNATIONAL PRESS COMMITTEE (IPC)
  1. Developing ethical principles for online media or journalism
  2. Addressing the rise of xenophobia in social media
  • SPECIAL COMIITTEE ON YOUTH ACTION AGAINST DISCRIMINATION (SCYAAD)
  1. Promoting dialogue, diversity, respect and tolerance among young people
  2. Building resilience to extremism among young people
  • Protecting the rights of people with albinism

 

Requirement for Participation-

Application for participation is open to Senior Secondary School Students and schools can register as much students as possible.

Acceptance of Application:

Students who have been accepted to participate at NISSMUN 2018 will be notified on or before April 30, 2018.

All applications and payments of conference fee must be received on or before April 2, 2018.  

NOTE: Registration forms must be returned with one (1) passport photograph, mandatory essays and evidence of payment of conference fee.

Position Papers:

All accepted delegates are expected to individually submit their countries’ position papers on or before August 6, 2018. Note: that the position paper is different from the mandatory essay.

Registration-

  • Registration is from 24 November, 2017 till April 2, 2018. Delegates who register after this date will be subjected to a 10% surcharge.
  • NigMUNS will not make any refund of payment from two months before the conference.
  • Any swapping or changing of delegate after registration will attract an administrative fee of N 3,000.

Arrival / Departure-

Arrival is from 2:00pm on the 20th October, 2018 and departure is on or before 12noon on 25th October 2018. Please note the arrival time.

Special Events:

Special Intergenerational Dialogue on Youth and Tolerance:

Promoting inter-generational dialogue can ensure that the values and knowledge of society are passed down from one generation to another effectively. It is also essential to include all generations in community dialogue to make certain that their needs are met and to reduce vulnerabilities. Inter-generational dialogue helps to ensure that the elderly stay connected and is valued by their community. It helps to make sure that youth have guidance and support so that they can be more resilient.

Guest Speakers-

NISSMUN 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.

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 NISSMUN 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 classroom, 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.

World Food Arena-

Food is a feature of just about every culture. It is an important part of any celebration in any nations of the world, regardless of culture or religion. It can unite and strengthen community bonds. Therefore, celebrating world food arena will help to maintain a common identity among different cultures and people.

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 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.

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 14th 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.

Advertisers should please send their artwork (coloured) in a Flash Disk or CD Rom with photocopy of payment teller to the NigMUNS office on or before June 30, 2018.

Awards:

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 2018. 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:

  1. Best Female Delegate
  2. Second Best Female Delegate
  3. Third Best Female Delegate
  4. Best Male Delegate
  5. Second Best Male Delegate
  6. Third Best Male Delegate
  7. Best School Delegation
  8. Second Best School Delegation
  9. Third Best School Delegation
  10. Best Male Accompanying Teacher
  11. Best Female Accompanying Teacher
  12. Best Cultural Performance
  13. Second Best Cultural Performance
  14. Third Best Cultural Performance
  15. Best Drama Presentation
  16. Second Best Drama Presentation
  17. Best Cultural Costume
  18. Second Best Cultural Costume
  19. Third Best Cultural Costume
  20. Best Conference Committee
  21. Best Conference Director
  22. Second Best Conference Director
  23. Best Committee Chairperson
  24. Second Best Committee Chairperson
  25. Best Committee Rapporteur
  26. Second Best Committee Rapporteur
  27. Outstanding Delegates in each Committee
  28. Best Theme Essay
  29. Second Best Theme Essay
  30. Third Best Theme Essay

 

Conference Theme:

Eliminating acts of intolerance, discrimination and hate crimes through Education

We live in a world that is so interconnected despite the vastness of distances between every continent, country, and town to the other.  One basic reason for our connection is that we are all human. We may speak different languages, have diverse cultures and practices, but we are intuitively the same: we are humans.

This is the thread that binds us together despite the many different experiences they may have defined our ideologies, and preferences. Somebody born in the Himalayas is not necessarily different from the one born in Northern Ireland. They may each have very different outlook and perspective on life, but essentially the expectation the same: everyone wants to live happy, find meaning and enjoy their life on earth. Why should anyone be denied these basic rights?

To live as though others do not exist or that they do not matter is a crime on the right to live. When we discriminate against another tribe, ethnicity, religion, preference, and class –we deny others the right to enjoy their life in peace. When we utter hurtful words that kill the spirit of another, we deny them the right to a wholesome existence. We can no longer pretend that these things do not matter. Else, we pretend that we are an island to ourselves, and others do not exist.

This should be the narrative: we are humans, and every life matter. There is an evil under the sun beyond the evil of those who perpetuate acts of discrimination, intolerance and hate crimes. There is the evil of nonchalance. When we see that intolerance, discrimination and hate crimes are filling the airwaves, social media, our communities, and institution, and yet do nothing –we also are perpetuating the continuum of evil. This is an evil in itself.

Education is by far the greatest legacy we can bequeath to the next generation of leaders, policy makers, fathers, mothers, and citizens of the world. Education – far beyond the walls of the classroom – is the strongest seed for an all-inclusive future where we are more tolerant. Education has taken the world from the caveman days to where we are today. Some might argue that education has done more harm than good. Maybe because we are a more knowledgeable society, a better informed people who know their rights and can fight for it. Nonetheless, where would we have been without education? In the dark and scratching stones for light. In fear, and killing twins based on superstitions. In ignorance, and living from hand to mouth. Education does far more good than bad.

Our young people need to be taught the lessons of tolerance. We need to engage the narrative in our school curriculums, school clubs, and extra-curricular activities.  We need to equip our teachers with the right communication materials for transferring the message of tolerance. The first step to coming out of nonchalance is embracing every form of activism that promote peace and tolerance. Education for tolerance should aim at countering influences that lead to fear and exclusion of others, and should help young people develop capacities for independent judgement, critical thinking and ethical reasoning.

We must creatively employ the existing structures in our institution and family to teach the lessons of tolerance and peace, and to curb the rise of intolerance, discrimination and hate crimes. Younger children can be taught not to bully, use curse words, and discriminate based on gender, class or intelligence.


Objectives of NISSMUN 2018 Conference:

 The learning objectives of NISSMUN 2018 Conference are to:

  • To sensitize students on the importance of peace and tolerance.
  • To provide a platform for the students to share ideas on prejudice and hate crime.
  • Build capacity for tolerance and inclusion
  • To raise awareness and enhance tolerance and respect for diversity among young people
  • Create a climate for motivating young people to act as agents of diversity.
  • Enable young people to plan and gain greater control over their future.
  • Promote a global outlook, tolerance and respect for diversity and difference of opinion.
  • Develop and experience important social skills such as teamwork and group cooperation, conflict resolution, debating, negotiation, consensus-building, critical thinking, public speaking and listening.
  • Gain insight into the workings of the United Nations and the dynamics of international relations by providing opportunities to assume the roles of UN representatives

 

Through the Conference, Students Will:

  • Understand and appreciate the values of tolerance, diversity and peaceful co-existence.
  • Discuss various scenarios and appropriate ways to respond to global issues
  • Foster a greater interest in international affairs.
  • Learn to appreciate difference in opinion.
  • Develop genuine trust to relate with people they consider different from them.
  • Acquire skills and competencies in mediation, negotiation and conflict resolution.

 

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 endeavors and discovered previously unrecognized potential.

 

 CONTACT INFORMATION

National Office:

Nigeria Model United Nations Society

14, Dep Street, Off Danube Street, Maitama, Abuja

  1. O. Box 7311 Wuse, Abuja

Tel: +234 – (0)9 – 2903635

Hotlines: +234(0) 8022412464, 08068896000

E-mail: info@nigmuns.org, nigmuns@yahoo.com                                              

Website: www.nigmuns.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

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