Heidelberg National MUN Conference 2017
We, the delegation of the Harvard WorldMUN 2017, Montréal, accompanied by our delegation colleagues Giorgi Munjishvili and Florian Zschochr, participated at the 7th Heidelberg National MUN Conference 2017. The Conference, which for all of us was our first experience at a Model United Nation, took place during the weekend from January 7th to 8th in 2017. Our delegation was attendant in two of three committees: First, in the double-delegate committee General Assembly debating the topic Safeguarding the right to self-determination in the 21st century, representing the countries Canada, Georgia and Italy. Second, in the single-delegate committee World Bank, dealing with the topic “Financing development”, representing Ecuador.
- United Nations General Assembly – Safeguarding the Right of Self-Determination in the 21th Century
Marcel Sommer and Lukas Syskowski represented the country Canada. This choice had two benefits: On one hand, Canada’s experience as a country with several separatist movements gave enough background to come up with fruitful arguments about the topic and on the other hand, both delegates already collected information about the country’s characteristics which already had been a preparation for the Harvard WorldMUN 2017 in Montréal. During the unmoderated caucuses they achieved to be one out of four sponsors for the draft resolution which at the end successfully passed. They proudly contributed some important clauses mainly about points such as political participation and access to education, finding partners most notably in the delegates of the United Nations of America, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and Yemen.
Marike Seusing and Georgi Munjishvili,the delegates of Georgia, primary were approached by the bloc led by the Russian Federation and the People’s Republic of China. Due to the ongoing conflict with the Federation of Russia which endows separatist movements in some provinces of Georgia, the delegates preferred to negotiate with partners from the European Union. Even they found it important to maintain national sovereignty they rather argued the case for national referendums when it is based on internal and non-aggressive factors.
Antonia Rausch and Sebastian Witte represented the Republik of Italy which experienced the problem of the right of self-determination in its history. Because of the separation of Tirol and previous demonstrations with deaths and casualties in the 1960ies till 1980ies, Italy was interested in peacekeeping and diplomatic solutions to protect the traditions of minorities as much as the sovereignty of states during the conference. At the end Italy was one of the signatories of the passed resolution and consequently one of the pleased countries that can reflect good cooperation between mainly the western states that created the resolution and many well done work of the majority of delegates.
- The World Bank – Financing development
Florian Zschoche was assigned to be the delegate of Ecuador in the World Bank. A small Latin American that had very limited voting powers, since votes in this committee were not counted equally but rather in proportionally to the financial shares that each country hold in the World Bank. Therefore, Ecuador was forced to be a part of an anti-Western coalition with Russia, China, Venezuela and other regional and local powers in the Global South. There were two topics by the World Bank, the first dealing with a dam project in the Democratic Republic Congo, the second with a case of aid fungibility in the Ukraine. While in the latter the committee reached unanimous consensus, the first topic was very passionately discussed and there were 2 conflicting resolutions, of which only one was past. Ecuador was supporting the losing resolution that was very critical of coercing privatization and had a special emphasis on safeguarding national sovereignty. Since it was very clear the Anti-Western Coalition of which Ecuador was a member had no majority, it was necessary to put an emphasis on drafting amendments to the other resolution, that was supported by a coalition led by the USA and Poland, in order to achieve anything.
We are very proud and fortunate having participated at the 7th Heidelberg Natio
nal MUN Conference due to the rich experiences we have made. Furthermore, we want to thank the very professional and pleasant honourable Chair, who guided us through the entire conference, as much as all cooperative delegates who submitted such great results. Besides the improvements of our negotiation and performance skills, we had the chance to get in touch with a lot of interesting and ambitious people. Enriched by this experience we are looking forward to giving our best at the Harvard WorldMUN in Montréal 2017!