These are parts cut out from the full reports by the various delegates which give an overview of each one of them’s unique experience at the conference/competition:.
It began as a topsy-turvy journey, people arriving later than the earlier scheduled time, trapped in traffic, check-in time about to close, everyone, wandering around trying to ensure that every other person was present. The result?? Two Honourable Mentions at the conclusion of the conference.
In all, it was a worthwhile event one in which I would always cherish. The way we as young world leaders were able to come together to bring practical solutions to pressing world issues was beyond amazing. I want to use this opportunity to thank the University of Lagos for giving a student like me this rare but so mighty, the opportunity to represent the institution and most importantly to have such a great experience..
“The United Nations’ founders understood that decisions affecting war and peace should happen only by consensus… the profound wisdom of this has underpinned the stability of international relations for decades” These are the wise words of Russian President, Vladimir Putin, which as a result of my participation in NMUN-Europe, make even more sense to me. Global citizenship and diplomacy form a huge part of the conference and diplomacy, to me, means understanding the point of view of your fellow diplomats, reaching a consensus and knowing when to shift ground as reasonably as possible. The National Model United Nations represents a platform to horn those skills as well as resolution writing and public speaking skills at an international stage. The world is in need of youth who can sit to rub minds with each other, addressing issues that affect the world as a whole but still preserving their national interest. There is no possible better time than now to look the problem in the eye and fight it through diplomacy
The conference came to an end with the closing ceremony on the evening of the 27th at Sapienza University, Aula Magna during which we were addressed by Ertharin Cousin, the Executive Director, United Nations World Food Programme, her excellent and well spoken speech left each delegate well informed on the importance of food in resolving some problems our world. After her speech it was time to award the remarkable delegations for all their effort and while only a minute 8% of the well over 350 delegates in attendance got any awards, the University of Lagos attained 2 Honourable Mention Delegation Awards; this made the delegates of the winning countries as well as the faculty staff adviser very proud of the team.
Every moment in life is an experience, every experience is an oppurtunity, every oppurtunity brings with it the availability to make impact. The National Model United Nations wasn’t just an oppurtunity to sing to glory the tunes of our prestigious faculty but an oppurtunity to understand the world from a different dimension. The dimension that tells you the essence of the United Nations and the issues we face and how we can profer solutions to them. It aided me in understanding the true relevance of Law as a tool of rejuvenation and restructuring of the foundations of society itself to meet our growing needs. NMUN brought me closer to me, the me that is loving, caring and looks out for my brothers and sisters that journeyed with me. A me that learnt what leadership meant by serving my co-delegates as the assistant head-delegate. A me that took the oppurtunity and privilege of attending and impacting and I am grateful to everyone who aided us in ensuring we participated.
This conference has been one of the best experiences in my life. Every moment was absolutely priceless. I think what I love the most is the after math as I have memories that would stay with me forever, a strong bond of friendship with my co delegates and delegates from all over the world, a few days ago I didn’t have a clear career path, my experience in NMUN has illuminated that path and I am eternally grateful for this opportunity.
I thank my parents for their support and Modupe Balogun our head delegate for a job well done and also Wale, Timi, Aisha and all the other delegates for proving that water can be just as thick as blood. It is my sincere hope that I am a part of this conference again.
The journey of epic proportions that forever changed 12 people from various backgrounds with only one link, the desire to give a good account of themselves and their country began on the 22nd of November 2014.
We would like to recommend things that would better make us a better delegation in the future, a new, advanced machinery for seeking funds, an NMUN club in the faculty to aid in preparation as well as an extra credit scheme to aid our students get even more motivated to get the exclusive outstanding delegation.
The Competition in Rome was attended by Students and staff advisers from different schools. The University of Lagos, Nigeria was represented by the Mooting society of the Faculty of Law. A total of eleven delegates and a staff adviser attended the Competition.
Balogun Modupe (Head Delegate):
Furthermore, our presentations were outstanding in all respects, as every speaker received a note from fellow delegates after delivering a speech
On the downside, the stress of raising funds, getting plane tickets along with the exams took a toll on the team as the time for final preparations revolved around the above listed issues. We will like to thank all our sponsors, from the Dean Ibidapo-Obe, and sub-dean Dr Adekile who believed in us; Olagbaiye Oyeyemi, for her outstanding research; our facilitator Mrs A. I. Balogun; Our parents; The Mooting Society; Mr Mike; Kenna Partners; Mr Belgore SAN and other sponsors. It is our prayer that your support will for generations be rewarded.
The participants include:
Dr. Adekile Mary Oluwakemi Faculty Advisor
MrsBalogun Imiosiom Abiodun Facilitator
Balogun Modupe Elizabeth Head Delegate
Ajayi Adewale Pelumi Assistant Head Delegate
Ajala Olamide (who could not travel because of exams)
Gomes Adeyemi Eustace
Hassan Abiodun Mazeedah
Odekunle Aishat Omotoyosi
I use this opportunity to say a big thank you to all the delegates and most especially God without whom it would have not been possible. In the words of Henry Ford; “Coming together was a beginning, Keeping together was a progress and Working together became a success.” I Salute All.