By Antonio Longangi

Members of Young Diplomat Forum (YDF) Club hosted a preparatory mock debate on Saturday, June 16 at the auditorium, to prepare for the upcoming Sub-Saharan International Model United Nations Conference (SAIMUN). The debate brought together participants from 14 local universities registered for the conference, to discuss topics generated from the general conference theme “Humanity at a Crossroads: Global Action for Sustainable Development.” The exercise also aimed at evaluating the preparations that have been conducted separately within respective institutions ahead of the conference that is meant to spur active youth involvement in the global development agenda based on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

The club, which has been holding its own peer-to-peer conference training since May 25, will present a delegation of 80 students at the conference, which will be held from July 2 - 6 at the United Nations Office at Nairobi in Gigiri.
Having organized three model United Nations simulations, one position paper workshop and the mock debate, YDF Chairperson Hamza Atif (International Relations Junior), expects participants have been equipped with knowledge on how to engage in such simulation exercises and thus achieve a vibrant representation at this year’s conference.

Since the organizing intervarsity committee is composed of senior students from various institutions of higher learning, the training presented an opportunity for YDF members to impart their experience to junior club members, and therefore ensure continuity and leadership training.

Other universities expected to join USIU-Africa at the conference including the Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Daystar University, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture & Technology, Kenya Methodist University, Kenyatta University, Moi University, Mount Kenya University, Pan-African Christian University, Pioneer International University, Riara University, Taita Taveta University, Strathmore University, the University of Nairobi, and Zetech University.