The fifth session of the Life-Link Tertiary Model United Nations (LTMUN) Conference kicked off at the Accra International Conference Centre on Monday, 18th July 2016.
Life-Link Friendship-Schools aim to provide young men and women the opportunity to develop themselves to achieve higher levels of intellectual and academic achievement. The organization thereby creates the platform where young individuals learn how to hold diplomatic discussions and debates on global issues and create effective and efficient solutions.
The three-day Conference, which was based on the theme,” The Youth, a Tool for the Attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals in the 21st Century” attracted students from different tertiary institutions to deliberate on problems facing the international community.
The President of the General Assembly Papa Yaw Agyekum in his opening statement urged delegates to practice and apply all the skills and training the conference will offer to their personal lives.
“I can guarantee that the doors of opportunity will swing wide at your feet. Today, as a sect of the global youth, we have the opportunity to deliberate on issues having a global perspective in mind and I believe the theme of this conference couldn’t have been much better couched,” he added.
He expressed his belief in the ability of the youth to create meaningful change in society.
“Even as the world strives at achieving the 17 SDG’s, the voice of the youth, which make up a large part of the global community, will serve as the amplifier for the attainment of these goals. You are the Ghanaian Youth! The power to influence the process of change lies in you and let this conference serve as the trampoline that propels you to greatness,” he continued.
The Secretary General of the LTMUN, Mina Pokuaa Agyemang, in her welcome address spoke on the need for the youth to contribute their quota towards the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
“The attainment of the SDG’s, which was adopted by all member states of the United Nations last year, would be impossible if the youth of each state is not included in the entire process of finding solutions to the factors that hinder their attainment. The Ghanaian youth, like any other youth, is therefore mandated to work effortlessly to aid Ghana to achieve the SDG’s within the set period,” she added.
She also spoke on the privileges that await outstanding delegates at the Model United Nations Conference such as the opportunity to partake in the Harvard Model United Nations, as well as, the Resolution Social Venture Challenge, which was held in February this year.
“This international exposure enables delegates to have a clear understanding of globalization and diplomacy, which influences their thoughts and actions in terms of the appreciation of other cultures around the world,” she continued.
The Guest Speaker for the occasion Ambassador. Ken Kanda (Former Ghana Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the United Nations), in delivering his keynote address, tasked the youth to make their voices heard when it comes to making policies geared towards the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals.
“Be innovative and think outside the box and I’m sure your voices will be heard. Then you would be useful tools in the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals,” he added.
He expressed the hope that, decision makers and politicians will provide a platform for the youth to play a role in the attainment of the SDG’s.
Mr. Kanda urged the youth to develop a sense of commitment, dedication, and discipline in all their endeavours.
Report By: Desmond ‘Pappy’ Tawiah, threesixtyGh Writer
Photo Credit: Clement Edward Kumsah