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Wednesday, 13 September 2017

SAIIA Johannesburg Model United Nations Conference 2017


World leaders have gathered in New York for the start of the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). Emphasising ‘peace and a decent life for all on a sustainable planet’, the 193 member states will be meeting until 25 September. This Saturday, over 500 high school learners from across South Africa will be participating in the annual SAIIA Johannesburg Model United Nations Conference, to discuss many of the same issues facing the General Assembly.

In what is the largest event of its kind in Southern Africa, outstanding bright young minds will spend the day negotiating and debating key global issues. Learners have been assigned countries from around the world to represent and will discuss topics such as:

  • Climate change mitigation and adaptation
  • Cyber security
  • Global migration
  • The emerging African youth demographic
  • The famine crisis in Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen
  • Water scarcity

Members of the public are invited to witness the passion and knowledge of these high school learners who have been researching and preparing for many months. 

Keynote speakers:

  • Trine Rask Thygesen, Ambassador of Denmark to South Africa
  • Sipho Seakamela, Department of International Relations and Cooperation 

Joining as adjudicators and special guests will be representatives of the UN, national government, the diplomatic community and civil society organisations.

Watch the Model United Nations video above to see the format of the programme, and hear first-hand about its life-changing impact.

Watch a short SAIIA video about the delegates and conference

Event details:

Date:    Saturday, 16 September 2017
Time:    09h00 – 16h30
Venue:  Wits University Science Stadium, West Campus, Wits University (enter through Empire Road, parking available)

Join the conversation via twitter #SJMUN @youth_saiia


Model United Nations is an academic simulation of the United Nations or regional bodies such as the African Union. SAIIA’s programme develops not only knowledge of what is happening in Africa and the world, but also research, public speaking, negotiation, critical thinking, and leadership skills. This year’s programme is made possible by the support of the Embassy of Denmark in South Africa.