Harare – On Thursday 16 November, Bindura University of Science Education and United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) held a Model UN on the topic: Globalization and ICTs in the new Millennium.
Twenty countries participated in the Model UN including Botswana, China, Ethiopia, Japan, UK, USA and Zimbabwe. Australia opened the debate and highlighted the situation in her country regarding globalization and ICT’s. She explained that the country was heavily skewed towards the use of ICTs’ and its development. The representative for Korea said 28 percent of the country’s business is done online while Malaysia explained that ICT had contributed towards poverty eradication and development. The South African delegate however urged countries to come together to combat the negative effects of globalization which include satanism, internet scams and pornography.
At this event, Tafadzwa Mwale Officer in Charge for UNIC gave the background of the Model UN. Albert Chimbindi Director for Multilateral Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs represented Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi at this event and read the keynote address. Over 200 people who include representatives of diplomatic missions, UNIC staff, students, provincial government leadership and others attended this event.
Model UN Sessions are organized in schools and universities to promote an informed understanding of the work of the UN among pupils and students. In a Model UN, participants act as delegates and present key issues of the UN Agenda in simulated meetings of the General Assembly, Security Council and other UN Bodies. In Zimbabwe, such sessions have been held by Universities, colleges and high schools.