Youths urged to realise PM’s Call to save Ocean, Seas
Young people are key to realising the call by the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama for a collective action to save our oceans and sea.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, manager executive support unit, Josua Tuwere made the comment as he challenged students at International School Suva (ISS) in Laucala Beach yesterday.
ISS is hosting the ninth Model United Nations (UN) Programme where students learned how the UN operates, research and debate on global issues.
The programme ends today.
Close to 100 participating students were divided into four councils – General Assembly, Security Council, Interpol and the European Union.
The seven schools participating are; Adi Cakobau School (ACS), International School Nadi (ISN), Jai Narayan College (JNC), Marist Brothers High School (MBHS), St Joseph’s Secondary School (SJSS), Yat Sen Secondary School and International School Suva (ISS).
Guest speaker at the event, Mr Tuwere said: “There are disruptive thinkers in this room – innovative, problem-solvers, leaders, opinionated, radical and resilient, passionate and energetic.
“Young people are able to adapt to new technologies like no other generation before them.
“Their social media presence and networks can be harnessed for the global good.”
Mr Tuwere said the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) were only goals, unless they could be implemented effectively.
“They are officially known as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Fiji and the rest of the Pacific have taken an active interest in promoting SDG14 because it concerns one of our greatest resources – the ocean.
“But all that you have on your agenda today is connected to other SDGs – that have been adopted by all 194 member countries of the UN.
“So as you deliver your speeches, negotiate with allies and adversaries, resolve conflicts and navigate the conference rules of procedure while at the same time preparing draft resolutions, all in the interest of mobilising international co-operation, I hope this morning, you’ve been able to get a sense of the heartbeat of our government and the Pacific Small Island Developing States at the UN,” he said.
ISS Model UN programme co-ordinator, Milika Waqainabete, said the school had been organising this model UN Programme for the past nine years.
“Model UN Programme runs in different parts of the world in secondary schools and different ones at university levels,” she said.
“But really, the goal of it is to get students to stimulate, conferencing or international diplomacy and role playing the role of ambassadors in different countries and how they represent key issues for their country at international forums.”
Ms Waqainabete said the purpose of the programme was to help young students to be ready for the world.
Reaction from students
ISS Year 12 student and the deputy secretary-general Model UN, Shania Sharma said: “I am really excited about Model UN Programme and I have been participating in this over four years now.
“It’s really exciting to organise this year’s Model UN, taking charge of the students and learning about the world.”
Year 11 student of Jai Narayan College, Shouvik Hasan said: “Model UN is an essential programme for every student because it articulates exposure, helps in your writing and public speaking skills.”
Year 13 student of Yat Sen Seconday School, Eleni Tuibeqa said: “The Model UN Programme is a learning experience because it helps students to recognise things not locally, but internationally.”
Year 13 student of IS Nadi, Samuel Knight said: “I love the Model UN Programme. This is where the students come together and debate on issues of global importance.”
Year 13 student of Marist Brothers High School Orlando Newton said: “Participating in the Model UN Programme, I now know what the UN Council does. Personally, it gave me a chance it represent my school in the debate and make friends with students from other schools.”
Year 13 student of St Joseph’s Secondary School, Andreantha Sigrah said: “Participating in the Model UN Programme will build confidence in me and I would love to work for UN in the future.”
Year 13 student of ACS, Alanieta Cokakosova said: “I am lucky to be part of the Model UN Programme. We discuss issues which exposes us to what is happening in the real world.”
Edited by Caroline Ratucadra