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Saturday, 15 September 2012

SAIIA UNA-USA Global Classrooms

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SAIIA UNA-USA Global Classrooms®:
Join us as 450 learners from 80 high schools from around South Africa come together to simulate United Nations sessions on the situation in Syria, rhino poaching, child labour in chocolate production and piracy in the Gulf of Aden, along with a historical session from 1978 on imposing sanctions on the apartheid South African government.

Johannesburg Model United Nations Conference
15 September 2012
Wits Science Stadium, University of Witwatersrand, West Campus

To foster a greater appreciation and understanding of global issues among the youth, the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) has created a number of youth programmes, simply called Youth@SAIIA. The programme provides unique and often life changing opportunities for youth to expand their perspectives and connect their realities to the global developments. Our programmes reach a wide range of schools, providing a forum where young people and educators from various cultural, religious and socio-economic backgrounds are able to come together to not just identify issues, but to also start creating solutions.

The Model United Nations programme is one of the SAIIA's longest running youth initiatives, and is made possible this year by the generous support of ABSA. In its 17th year, the Model UN project is an academic simulation of the United Nations or other regional bodies such as the African Union. Since 2001 SAIIA's Model United Nations programme has partnered with an initiative of the United Nations Association of the USA and the United Nations Foundation called Global Classrooms. This year's Model UN conference brings together a cross-section of 450 learners from 80 high schools from around South Africa.

The Best Delegation from each session will be invited to participate in the first ever SAIIA Young Leaders Conference 10-14 December in Johannesburg. Participants of the Young Leaders Conference will hold their own negotiation session on issues ranging from sustainable development and climate change, to global financial issues and will present their ideas and solutions to members of government and the United Nations.

Model United Nations Programme: Saturday, 15 September 2012

Contact: SAIIA's Youth Development Officer, Desiree Kosciulek on 011 339 2021 or 072 685 7746
The Model United Nations programme is made possible this year by the generous support of ABSA

PROGRAMME FOR CONFERENCE DAY
8H00-9H00: School Check In at Wits Science Stadium (WSS)
9H00-10H00: Opening Ceremonies and special address from the United Nations
10h00-10H20: Move to committee venues:
International Maritime Organisation (IMO) – Venue WSS 3
United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) Session - Venue WSS 1
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Session - Venue WSS 2
Historic UN Security Council Session - Venue WSS 4
UN Security Council Session on Syria - Venue WSS 5
10H30-15H00: Committee Debates in each assigned venue
15h30-16h30: Closing Ceremonies and awards presentation at WSS

Please note the Wits Science Stadium is located on West Campus where the old Charles Skeen Stadium used to be. Parking is available on West Campus.

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SESSION 1: United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
Topic: Rhino Poaching
Venue: Wits Science Stadium, West Campus, University of the Witwatersrand
Adjudicating this session will be representatives of Greenpeace, the UN and the Endangered Wildlife Trust.

SESSION 2: UNITED NATIONS CHILDREN'S FUND (UNICEF)
Topic: Child Labour in the chocolate industry
Venue: Wits Science Stadium, West Campus, University of the Witwatersrand
Adjudicating this session will be representatives of SAIIA, Cadbury's, and UNICEF.

SESSION 3: International Maritime Organisation (IMO)
Topic: Piracy in the Gulf of Aden
Venue: Wits Science Stadium, West Campus, University of the Witwatersrand
Adjudicating this session with be representatives SAIIA, Wits International Relations Department and the UN.

SESSION 4: United Nations Security Council (SC)
Topic: The Situation in Syria
Venue: Wits Science Stadium, West Campus, University of the Witwatersrand
Adjudicating this session will be representatives of SAIIA, and the UN.

SESSION 5: Historical United Nations Security Council (SC)
Topic: The Situation in South Africa 1978
Venue: Wits Science Stadium, West Campus, University of the Witwatersrand
Adjudicating this session will be representatives of SAIIA, the South African Historical Archives, and the UN.
For more information, or to arrange interviews or commentary, please contact:

Desiree Kosciulek
SAIIA Youth Development Officer
Cell: +27 72 685 7746
Tel: +27 (0) 11 339-2021 ext. 122
Email: youth@saiia.org.za
Web: www.saiia.org.za