The Unicaf-sponsored 22nd Annual Kenya Model United Nations Conference concluded on March 10th, 2023 at the United Nations Offices in Nairobi. The theme of this year’s conference was ‘The Future We Want’, with a focus on empowering the youth to shape a sustainable future for all.
The conference included simulations of the United Nations General Assembly and its committees, the United Nations Security Council, the International Court of Justice, the International Law Commission, and other UN Specialized Agencies, Funds, and Programs. In addition to the main discussions, the conference featured Global Village celebrations, high-level plenary sessions, a SDG Case Study Challenge and an International Law Essay Competition Award Ceremony.
The conference brought together over 700 young diplomats from different regions of Kenya, who engaged in robust discussions on the key thematic areas including Youth & The Future We Want, Education Transformation, Gender Equality, Sustainable Governance and Climate Change & Innovation. The event included several guest speakers as follows:
- Honorable Umulkheir Harun, Nominated MP
- Mr Newton Kanhema, Deputy Director, United Nations Information Centre
- Mr Daniel Juma, Executive Director, Global Peace Foundation
- Ms Charlene Ruto, Youth & Climate Change Champion
Unicaf’s Communications & Marketing Manager in Kenya, Ms. Winnie Rachael, gave a speech on the importance of education and how Unicaf is making a positive impact by offering generous scholarships in an effort to fulfill the UN SDG 4 goal on Quality Education. She also carried out a powerpoint presentation on Unicaf’s partner universities which caught the attention of the young diplomats.
Unicaf Kenya proudly announced a partnership rolled out in collaboration with the Kenya Model United Nations that will see over 10,000 members gain the opportunity to study with Unicaf’s UK partner Universities – Liverpool John Moores University, the University of East London and the University of Suffolk – as well as the pan-African Unicaf University.
This partnership aims to make quality higher education accessible and affordable to young people across Kenya.
The conference provided a platform for the youth to exchange ideas, deliberate on emerging global issues, and engage in meaningful dialogue that will shape the future. The Kenya Model United Nations Conference remains a critical avenue for promoting youth leadership, diplomacy, and international cooperation.