UN agency tasks member states on greater attention to cyber security

Babcock International Model United Nations (BIMUN) has urged member states to pay more attention to cyber security and broaden its definition beyond hacking to enhance implementation of broader solutions.

It stated this at the simulation of the UN General Assembly First Committee on Disarmament and International Security (DISEC), during the second BIMUN conference, organised by Babcock University, Ilishan Ogun State, in collaboration with the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC), Lagos at the weekend.

The Committee, chaired by Jewel Ike-Obioha, discussed Cyber Security and Protecting Against Cyber Warfare” noting that misuse of information technology had left a devastating global effect on member states economically and posed a huge threat to global peace and security.

It affirms that cyberspace security and information should be strictly monitored through effective cyber laws within member states; endorses the adoption of the block chain innovation into cyber security in decentralisation of information storage and introduces cyber security as a course in tertiary institutions.

Speaking at the plenary, Director of UNIC, Ronald Kayanja, urged the delegates to seize the opportunity of the Model UN to think beyond their immediate environment and focus on global issues, which countries grapple with daily. “I am hopeful that after this experience you will become truly global citizens who seek to solve problems faced by the wider humanity.”

Represented by the National Information Officer, Dr. Oluseyi Soremekun, he said he was pleased that BIMUN included the UN General Assembly, Security Council and the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in its simulations.

The General Assembly, Kayanja said: “Is a forum for deliberation among governments of member states and provides collective legitimisation of norms, rules and actions. It also provides oversight function for the UN system. It is a forum where all member states are treated as equals, providing an opportunity for all views and concerns to be expressed.

“This is probably our last chance to provide lives of dignity to our people without compromising the ability of succeeding generations to be assured of decent livelihoods. The Agenda 2030 and the sustainable development goals constitute a framework to save humanity and the planet we all call home. We must all take this framework very seriously.”

President and Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Ademola Tayo urged the delegates to be good ambassadors of their countries and justify their attendance of BIMUN through their position papers and presentations. He acknowledged UNIC’s contributions and pledged that the university administration would continue to support the BIMUN team for a greater conference next year.Speaking, former Ogun State Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General, Mrs. Abimbola Akeredolu (SAN), enjoined the delegates to follow their hearts and be passionate in choosing their career paths.

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