Model United Nations South African Universities (MUNSAU) Conference 2015: The Measure of tomorrow

Delegates from different South African universities representing various African countries during the third Model United Nations South African Universities (MUNSAU) Conference at DIRCO.

Delegates from different South African universities representing various African countries during the third Model United Nations South African Universities (MUNSAU) Conference at DIRCO.

The UN Association of South Africa – University of Pretoria Chapter (UNASA-UP) under the auspices of the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Pretoria and the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) organized the third Model United Nations South African Universities (MUNSAU) Conference. The Conference, focusing on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the Post-2015 Agenda, was held from 10 July to 13 July 2015 at the University of Pretoria and at DIRCO, respectively.
Over 60 delegates from various South African universities including special guests from Embassies and international organizations participated in this four-day debating conference comprising of the simulation of the United Nations General Assembly, social enrichment and seminars. The event featured four United Nations Committees including the UN Security Council, the UN Development Programme, the UN Human Rights Commission and the UN Economic and Social Council.
Mr. Gana Fofang, the United Nations South Africa Resident Coordinator, delivered the key note speech at the opening ceremony alongside other guest speakers. He deliberated on the transition from the MDGs to the SDGs and all the work that has been done so far in coming up with the set of goals that will build on the success of the MDGs and converge with the Post-2015 development agenda.
Acting as representatives from different member countries, the delegates debated immensely on the various aspects of the MDGs and SDGs in their respective committees and also put forward goals they want to be included in the SDGs. Each delegate made a presentation, submitted position papers and negotiated with other delegates in a bid to find agreement in passing a resolution that would help each country to implement and reach all the SDGs.
The closing ceremony at DIRCO was consequent of caucusing between the delegations within the four committees represented. After the closing plenary session, Mr. Zaheer Laher, Director of Economic Development at DIRCO, adjourned the conference by talking about the role the United Nations has played towards building and maintaining international peace and security over the past 70 years. He further commended the delegates on their high level debating ability.
The conference ended with an awards ceremony where prizes were given to the best speakers from the four committees, the top three delegations and the best position paper.