Covenant Gears Up for First Model United Nations (MUN) Session
The Department of Political Science and International Relations, Covenant University, has organised a training workshop for members of the department in a bid to build their capacity towards the organisation of the maiden Covenant University Model United Nations (CU-MUN) session, which comes up later this year in the University.
Addressing participants at the training workshop, held at the International Relations Studio of Covenant University, the National Information Officer, United Nations Information Centre (UNIC), Lagos, Dr. Oluseyi Soremekun said that the idea behind having the workshop was to ensure that the CU-MUN conference emerges the best MUN event in recent history.
Dr. Soremekun said that the CU-MUN was expected to help other hosts of MUN move towards diplomatic procedures of debating issues and not parliamentary debate, with the focus being on attaining simple majority in forming a resolution and passing same down for implementation, as against the two-third majority that parliamentary resolutions always concentrates on.
The Guest Speaker noted that being acquainted with international positions and varying interests of the 193 member States of the United Nations was fundamental to having a robust and most engaging MUN session at Covenant. According to him, “You must get acquainted with international issues and diverse positional interests of member states, which is cardinal to executing a perfect model of the United Nations”.
Dr. Soremekun averred that since the first MUN, shortly after the resolution of the Second World War and the creation of the United Nations, the world body had continued to partner with institutions and organisations in driving the MUN project towards ensuring that it grows in visibility at the same pace with the United Nations operations around the world.
He stated that the MUN project, being an extra-curricular activity that entails roleplaying delegates by students, thrives on creating a multicultural environment in the shape of the United Nations, to discuss issues and proffer solutions to bogging world issues.
Undergraduate, graduate students, faculty of PSIR Department, and other participants were taken through the UN General Assembly components of decision-making. These include the debate process, negotiation, taking action and implementation, and reporting phases of reaching a resolution. In addition, participants were exposed to the various steps and checklist that must be ticked towards a successful MUN conference.
Dr. Soremekun informed the University that the United Nations Secretary General, António Guterres, has thrown his weight behind the CU-MUN, and has promised to send his goodwill message to participants of the extra-curricular activity.
The Head, Department of Political Science and International Relations, Dr. Oluyemi Fayomi, appreciated Dr. Soremekun and the UNIC office in Nigeria for the support given to the PSIR Department and its students over the years, and hoped that the envisaged successful take off of CU-MUN will go a long way in strengthening that relationship in the years to come.
Also at the training workshop were Dr. Felix Chidozie, Mrs. Nchekwube Excellence-Oluye, Miss Rosemary Popoola and other faculty from the Department.