The first Abuja International Model United Nations Conference, was the first ever ‘student-led’ MUN conference in Nigeria and second only to the NIGMUNS; a Non-Governmental Organization and pioneer of Model UN conferences in Nigeria.
It was organized and hosted by the University of Abuja Model United Nations Club at the Faculty of Law lecture hall theater of the University.
The Conference, whose theme was; “Combating Terrorism within the context of International Law” attracted reputable persons from within the academia, diplomatic Community, government and media outlets.
The crux of the conference was to provide the youths, mostly students, with credible platform to put forth their thoughts and ideas on issues of International concern, yet in a professional and diplomatic settings like that of the United Nations, asides equipping them with requisite skills and capacities in civic leadership, critical thinking, good governance, innovative and diplomatic processes and procedure in addition to public speaking capacity building, arts of lobbying and compromise tendencies.
At the Conference, the students (better known as delegates) stepped into the shoes of the world leaders to role-play the Ambassadors of the UN member states and attempt to solve real world issues – Climate Change, Discrimination, Terrorism and Refugee Crisis – using the policies and perspectives of those individual member State/Country they represent.
The event was attended by the Chinese Embassy, the Ghana High Commission and the Royal Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia alongside the Vice Chancellor of the University of Abuja, The Dean of the Faculty of Law and the Head of the department of Public and International Law amongst other numerous dignitaries.
It also attracted the presence of the notable Nigerian media houses including the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA), the Radio Nigeria and the Media trust (Publisher of Daily Trust Newspaper).
Meanwhile, the delegates had earlier before the conference taken round the Embassies of their country of representation for proper briefing and authorization. among embassies visited were; Embassies of the Islamic Republic of Iran, France, Cuba, Russian Federation, China as well as Kenyan and Ghanaian High Commissions amongst others