Pupils in lively debate on environmental sustainability

Harare – On Friday 13 July, 45 pupils from 29 Harare-based high-schools put the issue of ensuring environmental sustainability under scrutiny as they engaged in a mock United Nations General Assembly debate at Cranborne Boys High School.

Commonly known as a Model UN, the debate provided the mock UN delegates and the audience at large an opportunity to discuss the progress or lack of progress being made in adapting climate change, as nations race to meet the 2015 deadline for meeting Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Countries represented in the debate included China, South Africa, USA, Zambia and Zimbabwe

UNIC Harare Officer in Charge Tafadzwa Mwale gave a brief background of the Model UN. The Guest of Honour was Mr Mundonga, Deputy Director (Natural Resources) in the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Management and he gave the keynote address.

The Model UN was organized by the United Nations Communications Group (UNCG) in partnership with the Zimbabwe United Nations association (ZUNA). The theme of the debate was Ensuring environmental sustainability: Progress on adapting climate change.