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Namibian youth engage in Model UN debate on PSVI

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Prior to the global PSVI summit, the High Commission, HRDC, and UNDP are hosting a Model UN: PSVI simulation at UNAM on 07 June.

The UK Foreign Secretary William Hague and Special Envoy of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Angelina Jolie will host a global summit on the “Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict-Initiative” (PSVI) in London between 10-13 June. 10 June is the designated Youth Day.

The British High Commission, the Human Rights Documentation Centre (HRDC) of the University of Namibia (UNAM), and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) therefore are hosting a Model UN: Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict - Youth Debate/Summit at the New Library Building, Video-Conferencing Room, UNAM, main campus, on Saturday, 07 June, 08:00-17:30.

21 Namibian students, representing 21 different countries, will debate in a Model UN simulation the Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative and come up with a resolution to feed into the discussions of the global PSVI summit taking place in London from 10-13 June 2014. 12 out of the 21 countries represented at the Model UN simulation have representations in Namibia. Resident Ambassadors of these countries will attend the opening of the Model UN PSVI debate on 07 June. A representative of the Namibian Government, British High Commissioner to Namibia, Marianne Young and UN Country Representative, Musinga T. Bandora, will address the participating students.

At the end of the Model UN simulation regarding PSVI, the UNAM students will come up with a declaration, which the British High Commission is going to share with the Foreign Secretary William Hague and with the Namibian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah. Hon. Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah will attend the PSVI Summit in London, on behalf of the Namibian Government.

Youth for Human Rights Namibia: Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict Summit 2014, 07 June

Venue: Video-Conferencing Room, New Library Building, UNAM, Main Campus, Windhoek

Open Sessions

08:00 – 08:15: Arrival of participants and guests

08:15 – 08:45: Opening Ceremony

Welcome by Vice Chancellor Prof. Lazarus Hangula, UNAM Opening Remarks by H.E., Mrs. Marianne Young, British High Commissioner Remarks by Musinga T. Bandora, UN Resident Coordinator Remarks by Representative of Namibian Government (tbc), Amb. Selma Ashiphala-Musavyi, PS of Ministry of Foreign Affairs

09:00 – 10:30: Committee session: identifying key issues, opening statements

10:30 – 11:00: break

Closed Sessions

11:45 – 13:00: Committee Session: Discussions and Debating

13:00 - 14:00: break

14:00 – 15:30: Committee Session: Drafting Recommendations

15:30 – 16:00: break

16:00 – 17:00: Committee Session: Finalizing Draft document

17:00 – 17:30: Handing over of certificates

Inquiries: Human Rights Documentation Centre, University of Namibia, Ivone Tjilale, Tel: 061 2063664, Email: and/or British High Commission Windhoek, Hans-Christian Mahnke, Email:, Tel: 061 274826, Cell: 0811555278.