The GIMUN Team in partnership with the United Nations Information Centre, Accra, the United Nations University and the University of Ghana Students’ Representative Council is organizing the Ninth Session of Ghana International Model United Nations Conference in Accra, Ghana on 3rd – 6th January, 2018. The theme for the conference is, “Transformation through Empowerment”. GIMUN 2018 residential conference will bring together global-thinking tertiary and high school level students to simulate the General Assembly and other Specialized Bodies of the United Nations. The last conference focused on how the adopted Global Goals (the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals) would improve the livelihood of the people of the world.
By the 2018 theme, the conference will concentrate on how individuals and organizations could be strengthened with the hope that humanity may enjoy quality and decent livelihood. We will subject the various targets of the SDGs to critical analysis and discuss how they could be achieved. It is an opportunity for young people to also add their voice to the call for the advancement of the human race.
The annual students’ conference aims to prepare young people for global assignments by equipping them with leadership and diplomatic skills on research, public speaking, lobbying, negotiations and documentation at the United Nations level. It also raises the awareness on the role the United Nations plays in world affairs and to encourage the next generation of leaders to get involved in global issues. Several measures have been taken to ensure that the simulation accurately reflects the way the UN works. The conference shall therefore be directed by very experienced young people. An intensive training session will be conducted for officials by the UN Information Centre, Accra before the main conference. As part of our own learning process to improve on conference management, some officials will attend other international Model UN conferences and workshops in Europe and New York to gather some experience. Our Training Manual has also been updated to meet the current trend of Model UN. The 2018 Rules of Procedures will follow the UN4MUN standards.
Alongside the GIMUN 2018 Conference, a Diplomatic Convocation will be held in two Summits, the UNU Special SDGs Summit meant for Senior High School Students across the country; and the Taming Summit also meant for current and past leaders of Tertiary level Student Unions and Representative Councils, Parents and Faculty Advisors who will accompany their High Schools to the 2018 Conference, Invited Guests from the Ministry of Education and other educationalists. The Diplomatic Convocation will take care of two main things: a competition among Senior High School students to present ideas on how the SDGs could be achieved; and a discussion among student leaders, educational institutions managers and parents on how a peaceful environment could be created in the various educational institutions across the country and beyond.
Past participants of GIMUN conferences include Gifty Afia Oware-Aboagye (Deputy Executive Director of Ghana National Service Scheme), Mr. Patrick Stephenson (IMANI Ghana) Lieutenant Shem Ayidana Adolinama(a Troop Commander at the 48 Engineer Regiment), Dr. Mrs. Confidence Obianuju Okorie(Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry, UK), Mr. Thomas Kwadwo Boakye (Programmes Manager at Government of District of Columbia, Washington DC), Dr. Cyril N.A Nyankerh (Research Fellow, Schepens Eye Research Institute, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Harvard Medical School, USA), Dr. Radda Abdullahi Abubakar ( Assistant Director of Academic Advising and Retention, American University of Nigeria), Ms. Fadila Ahmad Abdulrazaq ( Principal Coordinator, Prince Ebrahim Future Africa Foundation), Mr. Sebastian Appau(Internal Auditor, Nestlé Central and West Africa) and Mr. Derrick Ekow Sam ( Multimedia Journalist, JoyNews).
Several Ambassadors and Diplomats including the United Nations Resident Coordinator, Director of United Nations University’s Institute of Natural Resources in Africa, the Chinese and Danish Ambassadors, the Indian High Commissioner, the Deputy Head of Missions of Royal Netherlands Embassy and staffs of United Nations Information Center, Accra have all been guests at our past conferences. Dignitaries who attended the GIMUN 2017 Opening Plenary Session include H.E. Mdm. Sun Baohong (Ambassador of China to Ghana), H.E. Birender Singh Yadav (Indian High Commissioner to Ghana), H.E. Caecilia Wijgers (Deputy Head of Missions of Royal Netherlands Embassy) and Dr. Sheila Adomako (Senior Tutor of Volta Hall, University of Ghana). Ms. Cynthia Prah (National Information Officer, UNIC-Accra), Dr. Kofi Osei Kusi (CEO, Osei Kusi Foundation), Dr. Mariam Okoh (Mpohor District Health Director), Dr. Bernard Forjwour (Lecturer, Mount Holyoke College, USA), Mr. Prosper Dzitse (a Former President of National Union of Ghana Students), and Mr. Patrick Adjei Nketia (CEO, UTAMA) delivered keynote addresses to the delegates during the Committee Sessions on the various agenda. In January 2018, the Presidency of the Republic of Ghana, Former Presidents of the Republic of Ghana, Ministers and Former Ministers of State, Members of Parliament, Chief Executive Officers of Public and Private Corporations, United Nations Representatives, Ambassadors and Members of Civil Society Organizations working towards the achievements of the SDGs will be invited to present papers to the delegates on the various topics under consideration for the conference. This will expose the realities on the grounds to the delegates on how nations, institutions and individuals are working to ensure that the aspirations of the world are met.
GIMUN would work closely with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration; Ministry of Education; United Nations Agencies and Groups; Student Unions/Groups, other Model UN Associations and many youth groups to ensure a successful conference. GIMUN 2018 will be much inclusive to ensure it is gender balanced and provides an equal chance for students from a wide range of socio-economic backgrounds to participate.
Online application has been opened at www.thegimun.org since 1st July, 2017 until 30th November, 2017.
The conference will deepen the GIMUN Team’s commitment to young people as priority to its agenda.