ZiMUN is just around the corner, and this past Saturday the chairs of all committees came together to discuss the conference and receive some crucial conference related materials. During their meeting, the chairs have all agreed that in order of the conference to be as collaborative and as constructive as possible, instead of writing a full resolution, as had been asked from all delegates before, each delegate should aim to only write four clauses. These clauses will be shared with other members of the room while merging, and will lead to collaborative resolutions.

Additionally, following the chair meeting, the ZiMUN 2017 committee would like to clarify the dress code of the conference. For the registration and initial committee introductions, which will take place on Thursday the 16th of March, the dress code will be either uniforms or formalwear.

The decision on the dress code for the first day is up to delegations, and they will decide on whether uniforms or formalwear are to be worn. For Friday through Sunday, formalwear would be in play. There will be no restriction on colors, however all men must bring a jacket which is to be worn when they stand up to speak, and women’s skirts should not be more than an inch (2.5cm) above the knee. Additionally, women’s tops must be conservative.

Lastly, here is a list of all the participating schools:
Arundel School- Zimbabwe
Chisipite Senior School- Zimbabwe
Harare International School- Zimbabwe
Hellenic Academy- Zimbabwe
International English School of Abidjan- Côte d’Ivoire
Jean De La Fontaine- Zimbabwe
Peterhouse Boys School- Zimbabwe
Peterhouse Girls School- Zimbabwe
Prince Edward School- Zimbabwe
St. John’s College- Zimbabwe
St. George’s College- Zimbabwe

ZiMUN WEEKLY UPDATE: 3 Weeks to go!

ZiMUN WEEKLY UPDATE: 3 Weeks to go!

The ZiMUN 2017 committee has been working around the clock making final decisions regarding the conference. We are pleased to announce that the HIS high school newspaper, Warthogs’ World, will be running press at ZiMUN. The Warthogs’ World press team will be taking photographs and creating daily news broadcasts throughout the conference, all which will be published or linked to on the Warthogs’ World Facebook page.

With only three weeks to go, here is a partial line-up of the committees’ guest speakers:

Anna Brazier (GA3): Sustainable Agriculture / Natural resource management consultant.

Ms. Brazier is a published author on climate change providing resources for Zimbabwean planners and decision-makers. During the past couple of years she has been running workshops for young people and media professionals on climate change issues impacting Zimbabwe and southern Africa.

Gus Le Breton:

Mr. Le Breton is an economist, entrepreneur, and a forest management scientist is the CEO of Bio-Innovation Zimbabwe, an innovation hub that develops and incubates new business opportunities around underutilised indigenous plant species (Bio-Innovation Zimbabwe). He also manages a baobab company (B’Ayoba) that buys and processes baobab fruit products from rural producers.

Gladys Senderayi (HRC):

Mrs. Senderayi is a Programmes Officer at Veritas. She has been heavily involved in Veritas’ work to end child marriage in Zimbabwe, and has been instrumental in bringing it to the constitutional courts for legislation.  

Dr. Christen Monberg (ECOSOC):

Dr. Monberg, Red Cross delegate and engineer, works on the management of development projects and operation of IT infrastructure and servers in the fields of renewable power engineering.

Philippe Van Damme:

Mr. Van DAmme is the EU Ambassador in Zimbabwe. He will speak on the African Currency Union.

Ellen Connelly (Environmental Commission):

Ms. Connelly is a Conservation Zoologist who has been working with wildlife for the past 16 years, protecting Elephants, Lions & Rhinos all the way to Hedgehogs and Pangolins. Over the last 10 years she has been working with the Tikki Hywood Trust, rescuing and rehabilitating wildlife, and specializing in the highly endangered ground pangolins.

Gera Sneller (Security Council):

Ms. Sneller is the Ambassador of the Netherlands in Zimbabwe. She was involved in the establishment of the Special African Court that trailed the former dictator of Chad, Hissene Habre, in Dakar. With the Netherlands and Italy sharing a term as non-permanent Security Council members, as well as the Netherlands role in international justice with the ICC, Ms. Sneller is well placed to be speaking about the topics at this conference.

Additionally, all delegates are reminded that they are responsible for two position papers (one on each topic in their committee) and one draft resolution.


ZiMUN WEEKLY UPDATE: 4 weeks to go!

ZiMUN WEEKLY UPDATE: 4 weeks to go!

Sign ups for ZiMUN 2017 are now closed, with an impressive number of 164 participants who will be taking part in the event. The conference would like to congratulate all participants for making the deadline, and is eager to announce that in addition to eight Zimbabwean schools that will be attending, twelve delegates who will be travelling to us all the way from the other of the continent from the International English School of Abidjan in Ivory Coast will join the traditionally all-Zimbabwean conference.

At this time, the conference team would also like to reveal details about the grand-General Assembly (GA4) which will be the culminating event of ZiMUN 2017. The grand GA will involve delegates teaming up to create country delegation crews that will debate the topic of “Coordinating international responses to epidemics”. This event will bring together all 117 delegates into one room, and will truly embrace the theme of the conference by uniting us all.

All delegations are to be reminded that topics for debate can be found on the website under committees in the conference tab. Additionally, the ZiMUN procedure does not allow electronic devices of any sort to be present during debate time. However, a dedicated Internet hotspot will be available for delegates’ personal usage as well as conference-related usage.

ZiMUN WEEKLY UPDATE: 5 Weeks to go!

ZiMUN WEEKLY UPDATE: 5 Weeks to go!

With ZiMUN approaching in full speed, the conference committee would like to launch a weekly update segment which will brief participants about progress of the conference.

Currently countries and committees are being assigned and participating schools are asked to ensure that all members of their delegation have submitted the online Delegate Sign Up. Any delegates do not submit their applications by Friday are not guaranteed a spot in the conference. Furthermore, all chair positions have been occupied.

The ZiMUN committee has prepared a few surprises in order to ensure that ZiMUN 2017 offers an innovative and enriching experience to all delegates. The conference will offer a variety of expert guest speakers, adding depth to committee topics by giving participants the access to real-life leaders in the fields of debate. Additionally, as HIS is hoping to offer “a slightly different format to bring out guests together”, the committee is planning a “grand General Assembly” event as the final debate for ZiMUN 2017.

The list of the participating guest speakers as well as more details about the “grand General Assembly” will be revealed in future updates, so directors, Secretary Generals, and delegates are all encouraged to check the every Wednesday.