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Experience of the 17th Session of Kenya Model United Nations, 2018

Some of the BIS Students proudly show off their medals after winning various awards

The 17th session of the Kenya Model United Nations (KMUN) was held at the United Nations office Nairobi (UNON) from 26th February to 2nd March 2018. Bachelor of Arts International Studies (BIS) students attended representing Strathmore University.

The delegates in attendance were divided into various committees that were to be simulated during the conference. These were:

  • The United Nations Committee on Social, Cultural and Humanitarian Issues – SOCHUM
  • United Nations Committee on Economics and Finance – ECOFIN
  • United Nations Committee on Disarmament and International Security ­­– DISEC
  • The International Law Commission – ILC
  • The International Court of Justice – ICJ
  • United Nations Security Council – UNSC

The ILC and the ICJ were organized in the form moots, while the topics discussed by the General Assembly Committees were:

  • SOCHUM – Tackling the Legality of Restrictions on Religious Expressions and Practices.
  • ECOFIN – The Regulation of Cryptocurrency to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • DISEC – The Question of Establishing Cyber Security Strategies to Counter Cyber Warfare
  • UNSC – The Inclusion of More Member States into the Security Council

The committees were also presented with crisis situations which had to be solved within a limited amount of time. UNSC was the only committee to solve their crisis situation successfully.

On the last day of the conference, delegates were rewarded with the BIS students taking most of the awards. The BIS winners were awarded as follows:

  • Diana Owuor – Best Position Paper, ECOFIN
  • Arnold Areri – Best Delegate, DISEC
  • Husna Kipsoi – Best Position Paper, UNSC
  • Raudhat Saddam – Best Delegate Overall
  • Jaycy Oundo – Special Mention, UNSC
  • Catherine Mumo – Special Mention, ECOFIN
  • Maryjoy Wairua – Special Mention, UNSC
  • Zahra Azizudin – Special Mention, DISEC

The National Secretariat commended the BIS students for their excellent work.

The BIS students were really grateful for the support from the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

 

Article by Mary Joy Wairua (BIS 2nd Year)

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