Media Students organise Model United Nations to Showcase Skills in Diplomacy

The Department of Media and Communication hosted a Model United Nations at the University boardroom on 11 April 14, 2019.  The fourth year diplomacy students assumed the role of diplomats and firmly advanced their country’s national interests throughout the three-hour session through speeches, debates, and negotiations as they discuss the theme, international migration and human rights. The Class instructor is Dr. Babere Chacha.

One of the highlights was the migration crisis situation presented to the General Assembly for immediate action. The delegates needed to address the grave threat posed by borderland crossings along the Mediterranean especially the plight of African migrants and changes in the European Union.  Prof. Vicky Khasandi, Dean School of Humanities and Development Studies graced the occasion while Chair of Media and Communication Dr. Kirigia moderated the session.  The external observer for the showcase was Ruth Getobai, Assistant Director for Laikipia Regional office of the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights.  

In a communiqué, the diplomacy class concluded that movements of migrants and refugees continue to take place in all regions of the world, with an increasing number of women, men and children embarking on irregular and unprotected journeys in search of safety and dignity, often to face abuse and exploitation in transit and at destination.

While Ms. Getobai admonished the university community that there exist a unique opportunity for the international community to come together to strengthen and implement existing normative frameworks, and to develop human rights-based and migrant-centered responses to address the challenges raised by the large-scale, irregular and precarious movements of migrants and refugees.

 

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