2016 Model United Nations Debates Climate Change

Harare, 1 July 2016 – United Nations in Zimbabwe jointly with Zimbabwe United Nations Association (ZUNA) facilitated Model United Nations for 2,800 high school students from over 70 schools across the country.

The students debated on the topic Take Urgent Action to Combat Climate Change, addressing Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs) 13.

Addressing student delegates, acting UN Resident Coordinator and ILO Country Director, Hopolang Phororo said, “You, the young people, are the SDGs generation. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is your agenda, it is about your future. Today is your opportunity to voice your concerns, to address the key challenges that matter to your generation and to share your ideas on what you can do to build a better world.’’

“Model United Nations prepares youth to be true global citizens by giving them the opportunity to experience the working of multilateralism first hand,’’ Phororo said.  

Minister of Education, Lazarus Dokora said, “If we [Zimbabweans] are going to change climate change, we need collaboration at a local, national and global level. ‘’

Student delegates, assisted by their teachers and classmates, represented United Nations member states in pairs. “This is my first Model UN, it really feels like you are a real ambassador, I am excited to get started,’’ says Martha Gwinti, participant representing Kenya at this year’s Model United Nations.

The Model United Nations is an advocacy programme aiming to impact the values and work of the UN system to students and the general public.