IFEMUN 2018 CONFERENCE OVERVIEW

IFEMUN conference 2018 was a 3-day simulation programme of the UN General Assembly and other organs and specialized agencies of the supranational organisation. At the conference, students or youths alike role-played ambassadors representing assigned countries in a committee with other representatives debating issues of international importance, global concerns and interest and proffered solutions or policy directions for countries to adopt.

IFEMUN2018 was planned to offer a slate of social events befitting for diplomats and ambassadors following days of intense negotiations, bargaining, compromise and consensus reaching process employed by delegates in order to reach an agreement thereby producing a resolution document for global policy recommendations and actions.

The purpose of IFEMUN 2018 was to offer an enriching conference experience that blended substantive excellence and social events rooted in rich history and culture of Ife as host city in Obafemi Awolowo University campus, Ile Ife.


PARTNER ASSOCIATIONS

ANUNSA

ANUNSA, OAU is the Obafemi Awolowo University chapter of the All Nigeria United Nations Students and Youth Association. It was established as the first N.G.O on OAU campus and has affiliation with the United Nations through the defunct International Students Model United Nation (ISMUN). Presently, we enjoy consultative status with the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos. We propagate the ideas and principles of the United Nations on our campus. Our motto is Global Peace, Social Justice and sustainable development.

IRSA

IRSA, OAU is the International Relation Student Association. It is the student body under the distinguished department of International Relations which is specialized with the primary function of providing academic, social, and other quality services to its members. The association is charged with the task of enriching the minds of young diplomats, inculcating necessary diplomatic skills and providing a good atmosphere for students to interact with the real world.

MUNS

Model United Nations Society is a registered bloc under the International Relations Student Association, established in 2017 with the mission to develop global leaders through the Model United Nations experience. As a society, it organises MUN conference for university and high school students in OAU and Osun state respectively and also prepare and train delegates to participate in local and international mun conferences.


About the conference

The conference was a three-day program that kicked off on the 20th of June till 23rd, June. The conference was wrapped around two segments comprising both the formal meetings and the social events.

Formal meeting: involved the intellectual and substantive aspect of the conference where delegates engaged in real-time diplomacy when they debated topics before their committees, these events occured concurrently across venues.

Special Events: These were about other programs that were outside the formal committee sessions and diplomatic negotiations. It involved both social and capacity building sessions and networking opportunities for all delegates.

The conference aimed at bringing students in every Nigerian university and international schools together to model the united nations

The targeted audiences deliberated on issues/ problems round the world affecting countries that are member nation of the United Nations. The conference also addressed the general issues affecting the UN member nation's youths with respect to politics and the economy

Gave the youths a vital voice, and availed other members of the society the opportunity of expatiating on how to proffer sustainable solutions.

Laid down these problems and solutions before notable members of important sectors, to ensure every message passed had a direct or futuristic impact

Created an interactive platform for every participant and delegate in the conference to have equal opportunity of contribution, in order to acquire opinions and suggested solutions from as much perspective as possible

Released communiqués collated from the panel and committee sessions, and submitted them to relevant ministries across the country as well as publishing them in various major media outlets. As such, resolution of this conference was passed across to the United Nations by the United Nation Information center Lagos


CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

Day 1: Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

Time Events

2.00pm – 5pm Delegate Arrival & Registration
4.00pm – 5.00pm Delegate Training Sessions

Day 2: Thursday, June 21st, 2018

Time Events

8.00am – 9.30a.m Registration and check-in process
10.00am – 11.30a.m Opening Ceremony
11.30am – 12.45pm Diplomatic briefing
1.00pm - 2.00pm Lunch
2.00pm – 4.00pm Committee Session I
4.00pm – 4.30pm Break
4.30pm – 6.00pm Committee Session II
6.30pm – 9.00pm Informal Social

Day 3: Friday, June 22nd, 2018

Time Events

9.00am – 12.00p.m Committee Session III
12.00pm – 1.30p.m Lunch
1.30pm – 2.30pm Policy Workshops
2.30pm - 3.00pm Break
3.00pm – 6.00pm Committee Session IV
6.30pm – 9.00pm Networking reception

Day 4: Saturday, June 23rd, 2018

Time Event

10.00am – 12.00p.m Closing Ceremony
12.00pm – 1.30p.m Lunch
1.30pm – 2.30pm Opportunity Expo
4.00pm - 7.00pm Diplomatic Dinner/Award night

The Secretariat was made up of about 23 senior staff while others were distributed into several units. The Secretariat administrative structure was led by a Secretary General and supported by both Chief of Staff and Director General. Others departments headed by Under-Secretary Generals are as follows:

o Technology Service
o Media & Marketing
o Committee
o Finance
o Sponsorship & Fundraising
o Logistics
o Conference Service
o Design
o Delegate Affairs
o Socials & Special Event

COMMITTEES SIMULATED AT THE CONFERENCE

Every committee session iterated through the following stages:

o Formal Meeting (committee session)
o Break-out session
o Policy Workshop session
  1. United Nations Security Council – presided by a President of the Council assisted by three dais (officials). The two agenda before the committee are as follows:
    o Topic A: Safeguarding humanitarian programmes during sanctions regime
    o Topic B: The situation in Syria

    Keynote speakers for Policy Workshop segment and breakout sessions: delegates were addressed by experts in international relations and security on the topics or agenda before the committee. This was intended to give delegates in the committee a proper and clear understanding on the issues (topics) and also to ensure a qualititative presentation and realistic resolution reached at the end of the session

  2. United Nations Educational and Scientific, Cultural Organisation – this special committee discussed two topics, each country was equally represented according to the country matrix of UNESCO. The highlight of this special committee was to present recommendations to the traditional rulers and other stakeholders whose vision of having their heritage sites enlisted on the UNESCO tentative list, and for eventual successful nomination and inscription into the prestigious World Heritage List. The two topics that were considered during the committee session are;
    o Topic A: Advancing the recognition of Africa's cultural heritage listing under UNESCO
    o Topic B: Promoting global citizenship through linguistic diversity and multilingualism

    For this special committee, we debated and deliberated at a venue that represents and project the essence of the debate, which was to create awareness for youth involvement in the promotion, preservation and conservation of heritage sites and proffer implementable recommendations on how best to project Africa's interest in the enlistment on the UNESCO listing

    Also, on the Policy Workshop segment, delegates were addressed by experts in international relations on the topics of before the committee.

  3. United Nations General Assembly First Committee, Disarmament and International Security Committee (DISEC) – headed by the Dias led by a Chair, Vice chair and rapporteur who directed the flow of debate, ensured compliance to parliamentary procedure and the voting and writing of working paper and draft resolution. The committee pushed through two agenda topics in the course of the two days
    o Topic A: Reduction of states' military budget
    o Topic B: Addressing the atrocities committed by Myanmar soliders

    Keynote Speakers For Policy Workshops and Breakout Sessions: delegates were addressed by experts in international relations on topics of debate, this gave delegate proper understanding on the issues (topics) to ensure a realistic resolution reached at the end of the session

  4. United Nations Commission for Human Right (UNCHR) – this committee looked into human right issues of global concerns and relevance. The committee was presided over by the officials also known as the Dais. The committee moved through two topic agenda in the course of two days with two committee sessions per day.

    The committee went through two agenda topics in the course of the two days

    o Topic A: Protecting the socio-economic rights of physically challenged individuals
    o Topic B: Protecting the rights of LGBT community in Africa
  5. International Olympic Committee: This committee offered committee diversity in the conference, looked at issues surrounding sport at the international level. Two interesting topic agenda was drawn to give delegates an excellent susbstantive debates and experience.
    o Topic A: Using sport as a tool to pursue peaceful settlement and de escalation of conflict in the Korean peninsula
    o Topic B: Improving access to quality physical education and sport in developing world
    Facilities required:
    o Venue: a venue that had the capacity to contain the numbers of delegate who were members of the IOC.
    o Keynote Speakers For Policy Workshops and Breakout Sessions: delegates were addressed by experts in international relations on topics of debate, this gave delegate proper understanding on the issues (topics) and ensured a realistic resolution reached at the end of the session
  6. World Health Organisation: This committee looked at issue of global health concerns, international humanitarian response and global health policy recommendation to member states.
    o Topic A: Improving access to addiction treatment resources in Less Developed Countries (LDCs)
    o Topic B: Improving preparation and response to global epidemic Keynote Speakers For Policy Workshops and Breakout Sessions: delegates were addressed by experts in international relations on topics of debate, this gives delegate proper understanding on the issues (topics) to ensure a realistic resolution reached at the end of the session
  7. Economic and Financial Council (ECOFIN): This committee looked at issues of global health concerns, international humanitarian response and global health policy recommendation to member states.
    o Topic A: Regulating the use of crypto-currency against illicit financial activities
    o Topic B: The reconstruction and rehabilitation of a post ISIS Iraq Keynote Speakers For Policy Workshops and Breakout Sessions: delegates were addressed by experts in international relations on topics of debate, this gave delegates proper understanding on the issues (topics) to ensure a realistic resolution was reached at the end of the session

IFEMUN SPECIAL EVENTS

We organised special events that enriched delegates experience at the conference. They included

Diplomatic briefing: It held on the first day of committee session, thursday, before the formal meeting started just immediately after the plenary session at the committee venues. Diplomatic officials discussed and answered questions on international relations, diplomatic affairs and their experiences in the foreign service.

Policy Workshops: It held after lunch on the second day of the committee session. Delegates got to spend about an hour with a subject matter expert in the topic of discussion. The expert was either a professor or a professional and they provided delegates with additional context on their committee topics and provided guidance and feedback on resolutions when necessary.

Informal Socials i.e stage play and cultural displays: This held after the committee sessions to allow delegates to relax and get entertained in a stage drama and cultural displays offered by some of the best Ife Dramatic Arts student groups.

Opportunity Expo: Hosted as a reception to follow opening ceremony, the Opportunity Expo featured universities, businesses, non profits and other kinds of organizations with mandates or specialization in Global Affairs or Development and opportunities for students and recent graduates. Delegates had the chance to learn about career paths and networked with potential employers.

Diplomatic dinner / Award Night: It staged at IFE Grand Resort