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Present your Impact Project at the UN!

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CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS: United Nations Model UN Youth Summit

Friday, 12 April 2019, 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

United Nations Headquarters

Every year, more than 400,000 students worldwide participate in Model United Nations (MUN).

Global MUN has evolved into an agent of change that inspires actions in support of the United Nations and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The United Nations Model UN Youth Summit, organized by the UN Department of Public Information in collaboration with MUN Impact, will take place on 12 April 2019 in New York.

This one-day event features workshops and plenaries led by student leaders and UN experts, who will share experiences and ideas on how to transform MUN into a force for positive change. You are invited to submit presentations, detailing specific actions that you have taken to advance the SDGs. A select few will have the opportunity to present their outcomes at the event.

The presentation should:

  • Address the problem you were attempting to solve and how you attempted to do that.
  • Explain how this is connected to an SDG.
  • Explain the initiative, how you planned it and what you would do differently if it was not successful.
  • What advice or pointers you would give to others undertaking a similar initiative.
  • Accommodate a maximum of three presenters per project.
  • Presentation should be no longer than 40 minutes to allow time for questions.

Submission procedure and deadlines:

1 December 2018 Students ages 15 to 24 may express an interest in presenting a project.

Project descriptions must be submitted for consideration.

15 December 2018 Student presenters will be selected and notified by email

15 February 2019 Submit student presentation (with visuals) and names of participants*

Please include

o Your name, title

o School or MUN group

o The number of participants and chaperones (one chaperone per ten students, max total number per group is 30).

All submissions and questions should be sent to: education-outreach@un.org

Request for registration in the event does not guarantee participation. Students and delegations will be admitted on a first-come first served basis. The United Nations does not provide invitation letters, awards, monetary compensation or visas.

 

MUN Bilbao steps up to support SDG 2

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We are happy to share that the Club's second MUN Impact project is being an overwhelming success. Over 200kg of dietary products have already been collected and distributed among the most needed in our city. The campaign consists of a monthly school-wide collection of the basic food products. This way, we aim to collaborate on the achievement of the 2nd SDG, "Zero Hunger".  The youngest students' enthusiasm for the campaign together with the great results gotten, has boosted our motivation. We're even more enthusiastic now!

 

 

 

 

 

Lebawi Academy announces Blue Heart Campaign

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**Update** Lebawi Academy will be hosting a poster contest that captures the spirit of Blue Heart. Art submissions will be accepted at Lebawi Academy reception and shared during the Blue Heart Awareness event on November 29th.  Please email Kubur Adera at kiburadera@yahoo.com. You can find the event registration form here.

The Lebawi Academy in Addis Ababa is hosting a Blue Heart Campaign event, supported by the United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC), on November 29, 2018.

The purpose of this event is to promote, support and raise awareness of the Blue Heart Campaign amongst secondary school students in Ethiopia and to bring to light the issues of trafficking in persons (TiPs) currently happening. Participants will be introduced to the organisations who are actively combating trafficking and to explain the role youth have in helping end it. Lebawi Academy will  share with UNODC and related partners an art exhibition and presentations how the youth view TiPs and how awareness can be raised through art and media.

This event will also be in support of the UNODC’s Education for Justice (E4J) Initiative under the Doha Declaration which seeks to prevent crime and promote a culture of lawfulness through education activities designed for primary, secondary and university students. These activities will help educators teach the next generation to better understand and address problems that can undermine the rule of law and encourage of upholding lawfulness among youth to actively engage in their communities and future professions in this regard.

 

We interviewed one of the student organizer's, Feven Deneke Mamo, about the importance of this campaign.

Why do you think running a Blue Heart awareness campaign is so important in Ethiopia? Is trafficking a problem in Ethiopia?

Human trafficking is one of the serious problems in Ethiopia. Yet, it is somehow overlooked by the community, institutions and government bodies. The lack of the awareness is the main reason to the worsening of the case. A blue heart campaign is an incredible way to address the problem of awareness and open communication on the matter. The particular fact that it focuses on youth of Ethiopia directs the information to the influential and educated mass, that can help change the circumstances.

What role do young people have in raising awareness about trafficking?

Knowledge is a key. The awareness that youth will develop out of this program will help alert their community and help them work to prevent crime and promote a culture of lawfulness through education activities designed for primary, secondary and tertiary level students. These activities will help educators teach the next generation to better understand and address problems that can undermine the rule of law such as human trafficking, and encourage of upholding lawfulness among youth to actively engage in their communities and future professions in this regard. The more youth involved in the change of mind, the larger community is saved from the lack of knowledge and its effects.

Briefly describe your event and who will be invited? How many people do you hope will attend?

There will be students from several different schools – public, private and international schools at this event, as well as teachers and the UNODC’s representatives. We hope to have over 20 schools involved, Schools which are passionate about human rights, global issues or active in Model United Nations.

Attendance of a teacher and students (5 – 10 students) from each school, who will submit at least 5 art pieces (painting, sculptures, drawings, models etc.) that represent what human trafficking looks like/means to them in Ethiopia.

What is the major goal of the Lebawi Blue Heart campaign?

The goal is to educate and raise awareness amongst youth regarding their rights, justice, drugs and crimes. By promoting and supporting the Blue Heart Campaign amongst youth (secondary school students) in Ethiopia. And Bringing light to the issues of trafficking in persons (TiPs) currently happening, in collaboration with organizations that actively combat in preventing it and the role of the youth in this regard.

How does this campaign tie into your MUN club's work?

The Lebawi MUN club works hard to make impact on youth by raising subjects that are important. The base of leadership is responsibility, which is reflected through striving to know. The campaign doesn’t only inform the club members and our school but further broadens its hands to reach out to a larger community. The helps involve the youth in leadership activities regarding Ethiopia and the world as a whole. The campaign ties perfectly to our mission of being the Addis Ababa HUB for conferences, discussions and discourses that challenge and influence the current day procedures and systems.

 

This Lebawi Academy campaign is being run and hosted by the school's MUN club. MUN Impact is excited to support their initiative and look forward to sharing their successes with the larger Model UN community.

   

 

United Nations MUN Impact Youth Summit, April 12 2019

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United Nations MUN Impact Youth Summit

***SAVE THE DATE***

Friday, 12 April 2019, 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
United Nations Headquarters

Model United Nations (MUN) simulations are popular exercises for those interested in learning more about the United Nations (UN). It is estimated that more than 400,000 students worldwide participate every year in MUN at all educational levels – from primary school to university. Many of today’s leaders in law, government, business and the arts participated in MUN as students.

While MUN has always involved researching and debating important global issues, the UN’s Department of Public Information (DPI) would like to see it become an actual agent of change in communities across the globe. It supports the evolution of MUN into a community that could take real action to support the UN and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

As a first step, DPI’s Education Outreach Section, in collaboration with MUN Impact, will hold the inaugural United Nations MUN Impact Youth Summit on 12 April in New York. This one-day event will feature workshops and plenaries led by inspiring student leaders and UN experts who will share their experiences and ideas on how to transform MUN into a force for positive change. Whether currently active in MUN or interested in becoming involved, participants will leave with a toolkit of ideas, a network of support and a new action-oriented vision for their MUN clubs or conferences.

Following a substantive discussion on how the UN is working to implement the SDGs around the world, workshop sessions will be held, including among others:

  • Planning for Impact: Concrete ways to bring action and service to your MUN conference
  • UN Connect: Learning how to tap into current UN campaigns and initiatives to connect your MUN program to the UN
  • Delegates supporting Delegates: Inspirational stories of delegates helping delegates to bring MUN to new and underserved communities
  • Real Time/Real Action: Learning how to develop a successful social media campaign that will inspire students to take meaningful action in support of the SDGs

This event will be open to students between the ages of 15 and 24. In advance of the summit, participants will be asked to submit presentations, detailing specific actions that they have taken to advance the SDGs. A select few will have the opportunity to present their outcomes at the event – to inspire youth to engage with the UN and take concrete steps to help achieve the SDGs. A press team led by students will manage social media outreach throughout the day, helping to raise awareness of the SDGs and motivate students to join this worldwide effort.

For questions and to register, please contact education-outreach@un.org.

 

 

 

HELA awarded grant for MUN expansion in Afghanistan

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Hope for Education and Leadership in Afghanistan has been awarded a significant grant by the US Embassy in Kabul to expand Model United Nations to university students throughout the country. HELA  had the honor of bringing student, peer to peer driven Model UN to Kabul. Now the team is taking it a step forward. Over the next three years, HELA will be implement MUN in Herat, Mazar, and Nangarhar, and expand its operations in Kabul. Partnering with universities in the country, HELA will develop an MUN university network, culminating in a large national competitive conference. HELA will also continue its Women's Empowerment program, working to develop female leadership and entrepreneurial skills.

HELA began as a high school MUN program, and with the support of delegates and educators around the world, became Afghanistan's first NGO devoted to promoting quality, student-driven, co-ed Model United Nations. MUN Impact is a proud partner in HELA's quest to make MUN available to everyone, everywhere.

For more information, please visit the HELA website: http://helamun.org/

 

 

TASMUN 2018 & The Sustainable Development Goals

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By: Si Yun Ee, Delegate at Taipei American School and MUN Impact Staff Writer

 

In April 2018, I had the honor of serving as TASMUN’s (Taipei American School Model United Nations) Secretary-General. The ninth annual TASMUN took on a very experiential, bold, and unique approach to Model United Nations (MUN) to say the least.

 

Unlike the conventional MUN conferences, where committees ranged from the usual few that were similar and topics were repeated from conference to conference; my Secretariat team and I worked hard to place a strong emphasis for the conference, on something we shared as a common passion - The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

This year’s conference theme was MUN Impact. By having MUN Impact as the center of our conference, we hoped not only to shed light on the newly growing MUN Impact community and organization, but also to raise awareness regarding the purpose of a united community, passionate about global issues to solve the global goals (SDGs)  we have set before us. As such, each of our committees were named after a particular sustainable development goal that we found to be relatable to our participants or interesting and approachable to our general audience. Each committee, would therefore focus on topics related to that one goal and specialize in issues of that area.   

 

 

 

In addition, committee topics were inspired and sifted through Sustainable Development Goals targets and indicators, tweaked so that they were not overly complex or broad, but yet fresh and challenging enough for our conference participants. We hoped that by doing so, our participants would not only be more aware of the SDGs and their existence, but to gain a particular expertise or find an interest or passion in a particular SDG that may spur action, inspiration and impact.

 

Call it revolutionary, non conforming, different, unique or weird; a focus on the SDGs to such an extreme from committee names, or to specified topics. Over the two days of the conference, participants told us how much they enjoyed the specificity of topics they enjoyed, the knowledge they have grasped and gained expertise in; most importantly, an understanding of how much each SDG impacted our world. The SDGs were no longer just a far reaching foreign concept to them, it is now an action prompting question waiting to be solved.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As Secretary-General for TASMUN IX, I hope to leave a message on behalf of my Secretariat team, to both our conference participants and MUN participants worldwide:

As we seek to evolve the culture of Model UN by assisting each other in understanding the value of action and activism especially in these tumultuous times, the focus of this year’s conference structure not only strives to promote impact through MUN, but also to evaluate and to take further consideration of the Sustainable Development Goals. In taking initiative to achieve the SDGs, the power of impact through MUN will be prominent - and that is what I hope we can all take away and share with those who have not seen what we, as a commu

nity is capable of changing. Let TASMUN IX be the first change, non conforming to the norms of what MUN may mean to you. Let yourself be the living and breathing impact of MUN, youths who contribute to our global community, and a team of activists capable of rousing change that we so desperately need.

 

 

History made at UNODC’s E4J MUN Workshop

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MUN conference managers, educators, academics and UN field officers gathered at the United Nations in Vienna this past May and held a series of conversations that had never before taken place. There was a palpable sense of history being made. We had been invited to participate in UNODC’s Education for Justice MUN workshop where we had the opportunity to get to know one another, look for ways we could support each other’s work, and most importantly, to figure out how to best educate MUN delegates on UNDOC mandates. With the help of the wonderful Best Delegate team, we spent three days in enriching conversations, both during the day, over lunch and breaks, and well into each evening.

 

E4J, with generous funding from the state of Qatar through the 2014 Crime Congress in Doha, decided that a powerful way to educate youth on UNODC mandates (many of them linked to SDG 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions) was through MUN. The E4J team validated the MUN community by asking for input, and going back to their drawing board a number of times in 2017 to refine and perfect a series of resources that would be used on a global scale. By bringing a cross section of participants to Vienna, field officers and UN officials began to appreciate the power of this enormous MUN network. And MUN programs gave serious thought to how to best guide research, discussions and debate around the things the UN wants all of us to be more knowledgeable about.

 

 

Yet for the uninitiated, most are surprised to know the degree to which the UN and the MUN Community have very rarely engaged one another. The United Nations and Model United Nations inhabit two different ecosystems. UN officials who run UN programs are specialists, technocrats in the best sense of the word. And educators and others who run MUN programs, whether those are big conferences or small MUN clubs, usually have a different set of goals and objectives. Often these do not overlap.  With no central organization setting rules and procedures, no one sanctioned method for choosing debate topics and finding resources to support delegate training and research, the MUN community begins to resemble a collection of nation states, each MUN program with its own rules and procedures, a favored approach to engaging with their followers, and at times fierce brand loyalty to their conference. And by and large, most have preferred it that way. Not surprisingly, in this environment Model UN programs hav had few, if any, opportunities to come together and discuss larger issues within their global community. Model United Nations has never been able to speak with one voice, because the conversation has been about differences and what sets us apart.

The E4J MUN workshop provided an opportunity to change that. Parking our differences at the door, the participants discussed ways that we could support one another. We needed to get to know one another, to understand the diversity and goals of the MUN community, and to realize that field offices had expertise to share but very real constraints in its time and resources. The UN learned that a good many Model UN practitioners want to support the UN and its work, and MUN practitioners learned that UN agencies and programs welcomed support in engaging a wide swath of civil society stakeholders. And in that sweet spot of convergence, an entirely new conversation emerged.

MUN Impact had a special role in this converging dialogue, because in reframing a much richer and wider conversation, we were able to address an important underlying tension within the MUN community. For all the personal impact that delegates experience through their MUN experience, that experience often ends when the gavel comes down at the closing ceremony. But many educators and conference organizers, and delegates themselves, often wish for more…more action, more relevance to their community, and a sense of service to support what they have learned through MUN. MUN Impact was able to share some ideas and resources and most importantly, stories of what action plus MUN, in the service of the real UN, might look like. To bring the stories of real MUN delegates doing real work to advance the UN’s agenda was validating, powerful and eye opening. It was a glimpse into what was possible, and hopefully cemented action and service via Model UN squarely into the center of this emerging global discussion.

We DID make history in Vienna, and in a small  but important way started a new conversation between the United Nations and Model UN community, long overdue, exciting, and filled with potential. Thank you to the E4J team for bringing us together and starting this valuable conversation. The fruits of this collaboration are beginning to show signs of taking hold. The 2018-19 MUN season is sure to be an exciting one.

    

 

Online Model UN now a part of MUN Impact

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With the start of a new year, there have been a few changes related to OMUN. As you can see from the logo, Online Model United Nations is now affiliated with MUN Impact. Through the magic of bylaws and the mysteries of rules governing non-profits, OMUN and MUN Impact have become one and the same….kind of. OMUN is still an independent program, but will operate under a larger MUN Impact umbrella. This allows OMUN to share debate opportunities with a larger MUN Impact community, and highlights for OMUN a key focus of researching and debating about the SDGs. It also is an example of student-driven initiative and the focus on MUN as an inclusive activity, and not one reserved only for students who have the money to attend conferences. It’s all about access and debate opportunity for all. OMUN and MUN Impact support and promote both!

The student executive team are working hard to develop an exciting debate schedule and International Affairs Dialogue opportunities. If you are interested in becoming part of the OMUN community, contact Kudzai Mukaratirwa at Kudzai Mukaratirwa <k.mukaratirwa@onlinemodelun.org>

Instilling a Health-Conscious Mind

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Yengkhom Hojai Naomi is a delegate and year 12 student at DPS-Modern Indian School, Doha-Qatar.

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I’m always on the pursuit of learning something new, which is why I joined MUN. I attended the MUN Impact Student Leaders summit which was held on the 14th of March. This summit and my own Model UN activity inspired me to hold a Free Diabetes Screening Camp in Silchar, a town of the Cachar district in the state of Assam, India.

I should mention that I have done MUN for quite some time, and this is the source of my inspiration. In March 2015, I attended my first ever MUN conference as the delegate of UK in Security Council, ODTC V at Doha College. As a delegate (MSMUN-Q 2015, THIMUN-Q 2016,2017), along with gaining knowledge, my diplomacy skills grew as well. DCMUN X (2017) is a conference that I’ll remember as the one where I, as an Advocate of Mexico in ICJ, along with my team, pushed myself to make the perfect reports and evidence packets. My experiences did indeed broaden my knowledge and horizons, which is why I was selected as Director MUN of the school student body of 2017-18 and 2018-19. I learned many a good thing from my experience as the deputy chair of GA6 (MSMUN-Q 2018) and I am currently a student officer for the Doha College Model United Nations XI.

Diabetes mellitus is a chronic disease caused by inherited and/or acquired deficiency in production of insulin by the pancreas, or by the ineffectiveness of the insulin produced. Type 2 diabetes is much more common and accounts for around 90% of all diabetes cases worldwide. It occurs most frequently in adults. Construction workers and families of daily wage earners are unaware of the complications that can arise from their lifestyle methods. Since SDG 3 GOOD HEALTH & WELL-BEING states to ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages, I had held this camp to motivate them to become health conscious and make necessary changes in their lifestyle to lead a good healthy life.

 

Since it was my first time to hold a social service program, I started with a small group of 20 people who were between the ages varying from 25-90 years. During the first half of the day, their BMI (Body Mass Index) was taken as it is an important measurement to know for diabetes and weight management. RBS tests (Random Blood Sugar Level) were taken as well. Being a Biology Major student myself, during the second half of the day I had even taught them about the necessary actions they were to take to prevent diabetes, as currently the number of people diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes is increasing at a staggering rate.

The people were taken a bit by surprise and were delighted to see a student holding a medical camp. A few of them, especially the elderly, invited me to their homes and asked me to visit them in the future. Seeing their appreciation and response, it gave me more confidence to continue and fulfil my dream of helping people with what I know and can do.

This was only the beginning, I started with a handful of people, but I plan to make it my lifelong project to hold such similar health awareness programs, voluntary works which’ll be expanded to neighbouring towns, villages and districts.

This experience enlightened me of the many things we can do with what we have learned from school and our own Model UN activity by putting our knowledge to use for helping and alleviating the world to a place where people can live healthily and lead a peaceful life.

HELA supports UNODC Mandates with biggest conference to date

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In August, Hope for Education and Leadership in Afghanistan (HELA) hosted their largest MUN conference to date. Over 400 delegates participated in a two day conference, focusing primarily on UNODC mandate topics. We caught up with Sulaiman Sulaimankhil, Co-Founder of HELA, to get an update on the conference.

(HELA was founded by MUN delegates, who created the first NGO in Afghanistan devoted entirely to promote Model UN in the country).

Why did you want to do UNODC mandate topics? 

Following the start of the valuable program of E4J MUN, we at HELA organization consider ourselves to be one of the only implementing partners of UNODC in the project of E4J. Therefore, we believe we should carry the responsibility of spreading the program in Afghanistan on our shoulders, through increasing awareness about the mandate topics of UNODC. But most importantly we believe these issues are really crucial and need to be discussed and debated by Afghan youth; our country suffers a lot due to existing challenges, many of which are covered by the mandate areas

What is HELA's goal as far as supporting UNODC?

HELA is transforming itself into a big national organization that will operate in all the provinces of Afghanistan, and through this transformation, we aim to continue supporting UNODC with spreading awareness about their mandate topics and about UNODC  itself. In the upcoming years we will be able to provide Model UN opportunities to most of the provinces in Afghanistan. It is our goal to continue selecting UNODC mandate topics for our upcoming conferences because HELA strongly believes in the importance of promoting the culture of lawfulness in Afghanistan.

Did you use the E4J MUN guide in any way? If so, what parts and why was it helpful? 

After returning back to Afghanistan from the E4J workshop in Vienna, we started training our team using the E4J MUN guide. It was helpful because it clearly describes the right way of doing Model UN, using the mandated topics, and forming committees in our conferences. There were links for supporting materials and documents. It's a very valuable resource for us.

  

 

What topics did you debate? 

So far we have debated the following topics in our conferences:

  • The question of Human Trafficking and addressing migrant smuggling across the Mediterranean.
  • Effective measures to protect the rights of smuggled migrants.
  • Reforming the criminal justice system and developing alternatives to imprisonment.
  • Improving access to education during times of conflict.

Did you try to contact the UNODC office and get them to send a speaker? 

We contacted the UNODC office to ask them to send a speaker to the conferences but despite several efforts, we did not manage to get their speaker to come to our conference. We definitely would love to have their support in future events!

What major things do you think the delegates learned about UNODC mandates? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Since we mostly focused on the topics related to migrants, that is the number one thing they discussed and debated and they learned important things about their protection, rights and etc. But also, delegates learned new things such as crime prevention and alternatives to imprisonment and the rights of prisoners.

Do you have plans to debate UNODC mandates in the future? 

As mentioned in the beginning, we are planning to widen our activities throughout the country and we also bear in mind the idea of promoting the UNODC mandates, so yes we will have several conferences on the mentioned topics.