Model UN HighlightsTransition from MDGs to SDGs

Harare, 6 July 2015 - The 2015 Model United Nations was held in the Parliament of Zimbabwe by the United Nations in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Zimbabwe and the Zimbabwe United Nations Association (ZUNA) on 3 July 2015.

The topic of this year’s Model UN was “Accelerating the transition from the Millennium Development Goals [MDGs] to the Sustainable Development Goals [SDGs]”.20150703_115837_0.jpg

Recalling that the event coincided with the seventieth anniversary of the United Nations, UN Resident Coordinator Mr Bishow Parajuli, in a statement delivered to the participants said the occasion offers a moment of sober reflection on how as individuals, we can contribute to building a more prosperous and better global future for all.

“70 years on, the Charter still captures the shared and fundamental dreams and aspirations of all of humanity, today standing at over 7 billion people.  This humanity stands out in the UN Charter as We the peoples” said the UN Resident Coordinator, adding that in Zimbabwe, the 15 UN agencies, funds and programme working based in the country delivered an estimated 400 million dollars in last four years.

In a key-note address delivered on behalf of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Simbarashe Mumbengegwi, the Director of Multilateral Organizations Ambassador David Hamadziripi disclosed that Zimbabwe has already commenced the process of domesticating the SDGs and aligning them with the national development agenda, the Zim-Asset.

“This process will culminate in the production of a National Position Paper on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. This national position paper will prioritise the SDGs within the Zimbabwean context. It should be completed by September this year”.

Zimbabwe, he said, is fostering and reinforcing its relations with international partners. “A 234 million euro programme of support has been signed with the European Union. On 29 May 2015, our government and the UN country team signed a USD 1.6 billion programme of cooperation for the 2016-2020 ZUNDAF,” stated the official.

The United Nations in Zimbabwe has been organising Model UN Sessions in high schools and universities to promote an informed understanding of the work of the UN, among pupils and students. Participants act as delegates and present key issues of the UN Agenda in simulated meetings of the General Assembly, Security Council and other UN Bodies.                                                                               

30 ZUNA-affiliated high schools took part in the event that was also attended by representatives of various Ministries related to MDGs and SDGs transition, UN Agencies, Embassies, NGOs and Heads of High Schools.

Read the Statement by UN Resident Coordinator, Bishow Parajuli