REPORT ON 2016 LIFELINK TERTIARY MODEL UNITED NATIONS (LTMUN)
The 2016 Life Link model united nations, began from the 17th of July and ended on the 21st of July . The 17th of July was the day delegates and staff arrived at the lodging grounds (UPSA hostel). The time for registration was between 12 noon and 5pm. Later that evening ,there was a briefing held for delegates of the conference in a room on the third floor of the hostel. During that period delegates were given the current rules of procedure recognised by the UN. They were also given some guidelines for consensus building and negotiating during their committee sessions.
On the 1st day of the conference,at exactly 9am the opening plenary session began just as scheduled. The plenary session was graced with the presence of Ambassador Ken Kanda and a representative from the national youth organisation. Also present on the bureau were the Papa Yaw Agyekum Addo the President of the General Assembly, Mina Agyeman the Secretary General and Ernest Gyimah Danquah the Director of Life Link Friendship Schools Ghana.
‘The Youth, a Tool for the Attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals in the 21st Century was presented by the President of the General Assembly as theme for the 2016 conference. The heads of the respective blocs also delivered their opening statements on the conference theme. After some remarks had been passed on the conference’s theme, a motion was tabled by a delegate moving that the current session be dissolved so that delegates could move to their various committees. Since majority of the house voted in favour of the motion ,the plenary session was dissolved and the delegates broke into their various committees.
In committee 3 the chairperson Abeiku Hammond, proposed that the topic ‘Managing the Refugee and Migrant Crisis in Europe, should be looked at first during the session. A division of the house was taken right after the chairman’s suggestion was brought on board.
In committee 2 , the session began with the secretary Collins Makafui Dei of the committee , who talked extensively on the amended MUN rules of procedure. The chairman of the committee Kwasi Okrah ,talked to delegates about his expectations for the committee sessions. Majority of the delegates voted that the topic for discussion for the day should be ‘The Rise of Intrastate Conflicts and Their Economic Impacts on the International Community.
The Botaepa project which is a social venture project began with 8 delegates being participants. Of the 8 delegates ,only one was female. The projects were assessed by four judges on the basis of how achievable, sustainable and feasible the projects were in nature. Some of the projects that were on display on that day were; the Green world project, Explore A New Language,Abuse Campaign.
After the committees had amended their draft resolutions they then converged in meeting hall room 1 for the closing plenary session. The curtains were drawn on the conference with a dinner and awards night session. The most hardworking and deserving delegates from the 2 committees were rewarded with the following awards: Honourable mentions, best delegate and overall best delegate. Honourable mention awards were given to 6 delegates from each committee. The best delegate award for committee 2 and committee 3 were given to the delegates representing DR Congo and Nigeria. The only lady participant Rejoice Dufe won the social venture project.