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Heidelberg National MUN Conference 2017

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.

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

Summary

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!

 

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Study trip to Berlin

Having in mind the upcoming Harvard World Model United Nations Conference in Montréal on March 13th to 17th, the delegation from Jena undertock, as in preceding years, a study trip to Berlin on February the 23th. As we as the delegation from the Friedrich-Schiller-Universität will be representing Sierra Leone in Montréal, we startet with a visit to the Embassy of Sierra Leone. Afterwards, our delegation got the opportunity to visit the Canadian Embassy in Berlin and, last but not least, talk to …Decker from the German Foreign Ministry.

We met at 6.45 am at train station Jena Paradies and arrived in Berlin at 10 am. After a relatively long way through rainy Berlin we arrived at the Embassy of Sierra Leone, where we were welcomed by four representatives of the Embassy. The staff of the Embassy gave us a general overview of Sierra Leone, but also answered in detail to all of the questions we prepared. Moreover, we had the chance to gain an insight into issues that will also be discussed in Montréal. After this conversation, we already felt very well prepared for our upcoming trip.

The next station was the Canadian Embassy in Berlin. We were given the opportunity to meet the First Secretary at Canadian Embassy, Eugenie Cormiere-Lassonde, who could tell us a lot about Canada in general, political issues and her work at the Embassy.  She even gave us insider sightseeing tips for Montréal and the region of Quebec. Afterwards, Marta Neüff from the Canadian Embassy gave us an insight into the Embassy in general and showed us a the conference rooms.

The last stop of our study trip was at the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs. We met …Decker from the Department… who had prepared detailed information concerning Sierra Leone. She gave us a profound overview of the country, told us about the political and economic situation and answered to our questions.

Our study trip ended at 8.45 pm at the train station Jena Paradies. We gained a lot of new experiences, got informed very well and learned about different issues regarding the country we want to represent in Montréal.

We, as the delegation from the Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, would like to wholeheartedly thank the Embassy of Sierra Leone, the Canadian Embassy and … Decker from the German Foreign Ministry for the opportunity to have such an unique exchange of perspectives and ideas and to gain new information and experiences through this discourses.

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Delegation Montréal 2017

The Delegates

Antonia1aAntonia Rausch (19) studies for her B.A. in Political Science and Public Law at the Friedrich-Schiller-University in Jena. She is mainly interested in judicial questions in the fields of human rights and international law. At her high school, she already gained international experience on her trips to England and to Italy where she participated in a student exchange program. Antonia is excited to be part of WorldMUN in Montreál as she would love to learn more about how international negotiations work and how conflicts get resolved.

 

 

 

 

 

Marcel1aMarcel Sommer (27) is pursuing his M.A. in Intercultural Personnel Development and Communication Management at the Friedrich-Schiller-University in Jena. He is interested in the extent to which international organizations benefit from the diverse cultural backgrounds of its members. After finishing his B.A. in Latin American Studies at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-University in Bonn, spending a year abroad at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP) and completing internships for two NGOs, Marcel has begun to specialize in migration as well as children’s and women’s rights. His goal is to work for a human rights organization. In his spare time he enjoys attending cultural events with his friends, discovering new record shops and cooking. WorldMUN 2017 provides Marcel with a perfect opportunity to gain a better understanding of diplomatic negotiations and to share ideas for a global community.

 

 

 

Sebastian1aSebastian Witte (23) is an M.A. student in Political Science with a concentration in Foreign Policy and International Relations at the Friedrich-Schiller-University in Jena. During his B.A. studies in Political Science and Economics at the University of Halle (Saale), Sebastian developed an interest in security policy. The UN system is of particular relevance to his academic studies because of the UN’s prominent role in international peace and security negotiations. WorldMUN 2017 offers him a perfect opportunity to familiarize himself with processes of bargaining in international relations. Sebastian is also looking forward to the cultural exchange during the conference.

 

 

 

 

Marike1aMarike Seusing (25) is an M.A. student in the Intercultural Personnel Development and Communication Management Program at the Friedrich-Schiller-University in Jena. She completed her B.A. in Linguistics at the University of Augsburg. While her main focus lies on intercultural negotiation, she is also very interested in languages and enjoys meeting people from different cultures. Her other passions are movies, yoga, music and travelling. This will be Marika’s first WorldMUN experience. She is keen on gaining insights into the intercultural aspects involved in the work of the UN.

 

 

 

 

 

Lukas1a

Lukas Syskowski (19) is a B.A. student in Political Science and Economics at the Friedrich-Schiller-University in Jena. His professional goal is to join the Foreign Service or work for an NGO. Lukas wants to change the world and make it a place without wars, discrimination and environmental disasters. He is thrilled to be on the WorldMUN team and excited to meet people from around the world and getting to know their culture and lifestyle. The attendance in Montréal provides Lukas a good opportunity to gain political and administrative training to become a part of the next political generation.

 

 

 

 

 

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