The United Nations Association — South Africa (UNASA) is a subsidiary body of the United Nations. It’s role is to inform South Africans about the role and activities of the United Nations, and to facilitate engagement with global issues. The UCT chapter (UNASA-UCT) is a student-led society that works with UNASA, the national body, and connects students at UCT with each other, and with students in UNASA chapters at other universities around issues of global governance and development. UNASA-UCT organizes talks by guest speakers, facilitates a workshop on diplomacy, has an outreach programme (Schools MUN), sends an e-mail newsletter about current UN activities, and runs debates that model the General Assembly style of debating. The three biggest events that UNASA-UCT runs are the Blue Week, Diplomacy Course and Model United Nations (MUN), and this year our theme is ‘Sustainable Development Goals’. The SDGs replaced the Millennium Development Goals at the end of 2015, and set out a new agenda for sustainable development.
The current committee for 2016 is:
|Layla Kimmie||MUN Director|
|Rabia Parker||Diplomacy Course Director|
|Reon van der Merwe||Schools’ MUN Director|
|Audrey Tirivanhu||Outreach Director and World MUN Head Delegate|
Dates to diarize (2016):
8–10 Feb: O-week.
4 March: Opening event.
3–6 May: Blue Week
29–30 July: Diplomacy Course
3–4 Sept: Schools MUN finale. There will be mini-MUNs throughout the year leading up to this.
9–11 Sept: UCT Model United Nations (MUN). Sign up here.
21 Sept: International Day of Peace (United Nations). Celebratory event: LS1C, 6pm for 6:30pm — guest speaker Karam Singh, Western Cape Director of the South African Human Rights Commission.