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February - March 2018 Issue 1

FEBRUARY-MARCH 2018 ISSUE 1

"we got off to a great start"

WIMUN 2018: OUTSTANDING AFRICAN DELEGATION , TWICE IN A ROW

The UCT delegation representing UNASA at the WFUNA International Model United Nations ( WIMUN 2018)
in New York City from the 8-11th of February was greatly successful. The delegation received, for the
second time in a row, the "Outstanding African Delegation" award. In addition,  delegate Mashao Seabella
who represented Indonesia, received a diplomacy award. We believe that the competition for these
awards was intense and we applaud our delegates' commitment and dedication. We are immensely proud
of their outstanding achievements and it is our wish that our future delegates continue the chapter's
reputation of excellence.

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O-WEEK: A SUCCESS AND  FUN

O-week : 12-14 of February. This year, we saw our membership figures increase as more and more
students showed interest in the society's mission to create awareness and to facilitate discourse about
current and international affairs that shape the future of South Africa and the world. At UNASA UCT, we
acknowledge that a successful membership organization is a highly engaged community, therefore,
increasing membership engagement is one of our most important goals for this year. We count on every
member's skills and expertise as we attempt to promote the goals, vision and principles of the UN and
its agencies.

  O P E N I NOPENING
G E V E NEVENT:
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U N FOOD
, F OAND
O D NETWORKING
AND NETWORKING

March 6th: We had a successful opening event and we were pleased to welcome such a great group
of individuals to the society. The event started off with a welcome message from our chairperson,
Reon van de Merwe, who welcomed members to the team and highlighted UNASA UCT's contribution
to its members and its surrounding communities. Attendees had the opportunity to meet the 2018
portfolio managers, network with each other and share some good food. We thank those who
attended the opening event and those who helped to make it a huge success.We saw it as just the
beginning of creating a highly active and connected society of leaders who are interested in
discussing current global issues. At UNASA UCT, we will endeavor to provide a platform to achieve
that goal.
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MODEL UNITED NATIONS TRAINING WORKSHOP

On the 15th of March we hosted a  Model United Nations training workshop in preparation for our  first
Mini-MUN conference. Participants had  the  opportunity to engage with the UNASA UCT Model UN
Director, Zahra Rashid and WIMUN 2018 delegate, Abdud-Dayyaan Badroodien on the changes taking
place in MUN at UCT. Participants were also introduced to different MUN  procedures and practices that
will be followed on the conference day. It was an interesting and engaging night and we look forward to
a successful Mini-MUN conference.

THE 2ND  ANNUAL COMMEMORATION OF THE DECLARATION OF PEACE AND CESSATION 


OF WAR
 OPENING EVENT : FUN , FOOD AND NETWORKING

The 2nd commemoration of the declaration of peace and cessation of war was hosted at the Table Bay
Hotel on the 14th of March. The conference brought together civil society leaders from all sectors to
discuss the implementation of a framework in Africa for the cessation of war. The UNASA UCT delegation
had the opportunity to engage on topics such as the need for peace education in school curricula and
the mitigation of violence and war potential in Africa. We  thank our partners at the International Peace
Youth Group for working with UNASA UCT in the pursuit of SDG16 on peace, justice and strong
institutions.

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SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS (SDG) EDUCATION
2018 is the first year of UNASA UCT’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Education Portfolio and
we  hope for the year ahead to weave SDG education into all of UNASA UCT’s exciting work. We
intend to do this by connecting the UNASA UCT community with initiatives and events on and off
campus that relate to the SDG and through organizing our own events that tackle the SDG we’ve
assigned to the university calendar. In addition, we wish to use this space in our newsletter to
provide you with more understanding of the SDG of the month.

In the month of March we will be focusing our attention on the importance of


Goal 6 of the SDG, that of Clean Water and Sanitation. Our choice of this goal
to kickstart our work is self-explanatory in the context of the Western Cape.
Talk of Day Zero, the day taps in Cape Town will be turned off and residents
will expected to queue for an allocated 25 liters per person, is inescapable.
Day Zero is currently calculated to be next year and it may only be avoided if
water savings are continued and rains finally arrive in winter.

This near-dystopian reality is not isolated to Cape Town alone. The UN reports that 2.1 billion people
live without safe drinking water at home; affecting their health, education and livelihoods. The topic
of water insecurity is also a climate change issue as well as an issue of resource equity and access,
and one of the governance and management of our natural resources. Thus, in 1993 the United
Nations General Assembly, to tackle this expansive issue, officially designated March 22 as World
Water Day. World Water Day is coordinated by UN-Water in collaboration with governments and
partners.

 We will be hosting a talk on campus localizing these important matters in the evening of March 22nd,
and we hope for you to join us in these necessary discussions. In the meantime be sure to check out
the following links to learn more about the global water and sanitation crisis:

Mike Muller’s “What about the day after Day Zero?”


https://mg.co.za/article/2018-02-09-00-what-about-the-day-after-day-zero
This opinion piece from adjunct professor at the Wits School of Governance and former director general of the
water affairs department from 1997 to 2005, Mike Muller, unpacks the impact of water management on our
current reality.

Rosa Lyster’s “Counting Down to Day Zero in Cape Town”


https://www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/counting-down-to-day-zero-in-cape-town
A touching piece from Cape Town-based writer Rosa Lyster on finding the space for environmental
worry amidst caring about the rest of our country’s issues. 

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The SA Eco Film Festival
https://www.facebook.com/events/377002896084690/
The festival in its fifth year of showcasing creative film content from South Africa and around the
globe highlighting environmental issues that affect us all returns to Cape Town from March 22 - 30
at the Labia Theatre.

WWF’s “Water Files”


http://www.wwf.org.za/bucket_list.cfm
The World Wildlife Foundation’s South African branch publishes weekly newsletters, available in
English, Afrikaans, and Xhosa, of information pertaining to preparation for Day Zero as well as a
number of discussion points relating to water issues.

UPCOMING EVENT: SAVE THE DATE!

March 21:    Are you a MUN-enthusiast? or just a young person


interested in spreading awareness around pressing global issues?
 We are delighted to invite you to our first Mini-MUN of the year. The
topic will be 'Protecting the Rights of Refugees in Africa' and the
committee in session will be the UN Human Rights Council. Join us
as we commemorate South African Human Rights Day!

UPCOMING UN DAYS

March 21: International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

March 22nd:  World Water Day.


March 23rd: International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and
the Transatlantic Slave Trade.
         April  2nd: World Autism Awareness Day
April 7th: -Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Rwanda Genocide
  -World Health Day

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