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Happy New Year!

This years delegation wishes all of you a happy new year! May all your hopes and wishes come true!

Our resolution is to post more regulary on this website. But if that is not enough for you, you can follow us on facebook!

 

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Delegation Panama City 2018

The Delegates

 

Lisa Anke (24), a B.A. student in Political Science and Psychology at Friedrich Schiller University Jena, is interested in how to resolve conflicts worldwide and how to establish peace in conflict-affected areas. She believes in the connection between the psychological dimension and intercultural communication on the one side and politics on the other. She gained experience abroad, e.g. during a student exchange in France and South Africa, as an international volunteer in Colombia and as an Erasmus student in Turkey. Her goal is to work for an international human rights organization. She is looking forward to meet people from all over the world at WorldMUN 2018 and getting insights into diplomatic negotiation strategies and the work of international organizations. In her spare time, she loves attending cultural programs with her friends and travelling to other countries.

 

 

 

 

Lara Hoffmann (23), a first-semester student in the M.A. program in Political Science at Friedrich Schiller University Jena, completed her undergraduate studies in Political and Educational Science at the University of Erlangen. She strongly believes in the importance of international dialogue and cooperation in today’s globalized world. In her studies, she focuses on international relations, diplomacy as well as peace and conflict studies. WorldMUN provides her with a unique opportunity to work with students from all around the world, enhance her language and diplomatic skills, and develop a profound understanding of the UN system and procedures. Ultimately, she would like to contribute to intercultural understanding and help find solutions to the global challenges that we face today. She is very much looking forward for her first WorldMUN.

 

 

 

 

Olya Zhuk (23) is finishing her M.A. in Politics at Friedrich Schiller University Jena. She already obtained a Master’s in International Relations at Ivan Franko University of Lviv, Ukraine. International organizations have always been her favorite field of studies which is why the UN, particularly the UN Security Council, is the topic of her Master thesis. To her, participating in the World MUN is a great opportunity to both learn how the UN works and apply her theoretical knowledge to real-world issues. She is strongly convinced that the World MUN will be of great value to her professional development and welcomes the chance to contribute to the success of the FSU Delegation during the conference.

 

 

 

 

 

Oliver  Laskowski, a 25-year old student from Lower Saxony, Germany, is currently enrolled in the M.A. Program in Political Science at Friedrich Schiller University Jena where he focuses on international relations and foreign policy. He completed his B.A. in Political Science and Economics at the University of Mannheim and completed internships in the German Bundestag and at the office of a council faction of the City of Mannheim. An active member of several youth- and student-parliaments, he participates regularly in political seminars throughout Europe. He is looking forward to meeting many new people and learning about their perspectives on current global issues at MUN 2018. Developing his diplomatic skills, engaging in productive political discussions and achieving a deeper understanding of the work of the United Nations are Oliver’s core incentives for participating in MUN 2018. To him, bringing people from all over the world together and having them work on solutions to our most challenging global problems is at the core of the Harvard World Model United Nations 2018 and the reason why it will be a lasting experience.

 

 

Janine Stibaner (31),  a student in the Master’s Program “Applied Ethics and Conflict Management” at Friedrich Schiller University Jena, is interested in reasoning about moral positions in conflict situations as they arise in medicine, economics, politics as well as bioethics. She successfully completed the workshop „Negotiation and Management of Conflicts,” fulfilling the „Mutual Gains Approach of Harvard University’s Project on Negotiation (PON).” Prior to her Master’s Program, she earned two bachelor degrees in Philosophy/Political Science and Studies of the Ancient Orient. As working for an international organization always involves different cultures, gaining a deeper understanding of cultures and their histories is fundamental to her. She considers the Harvard World Model United Nations a unique opportunity to learn about how to address global issues.

 

 

 

 

Iryna Sheremeta (23) is a motivated and socially active M.A. student in the Political Science double-degree program at Friedrich Schiller University Jena (Germany) and the National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy (Kyiv, Ukraine). From 2016 until 2017 she served as President of the local branch of the European Youth Forum AEGEE (Association des États Généraux des Étudiants de l’Europe) in Kyiv. She has extensive international experience as both a volunteer and a professional. Before embarking in her M.A. program, she worked at the Viktor Pinchuk Foundation and the international organization Yalta European Strategy for which she helped organize the 13th Yalta European Strategy Annual Meeting. In addition, she participated in the „Young Leaders“ section at the 14th Yalta European Strategy Annual Meeting. With her interest in reforms, the NGO sector and international organizations, Iryna also completed an internship in the international department of Reanimation Package of Reforms. Iryna believes in learning by doing such, e.g. by getting engaged in committee sessions, intercultural exchanges, panels and educational activities

 

 

Carolin Brandenburg (23) just started her first year in the M.A. program in Political Science at Friedrich Schiller University Jena. She graduated with a B.A. from the University of Rostock, where she was active as a student representative in various committees. WorldMUN provides a great opportunity for her to pursue her academic interest in international relations, especially in conflict resolution and peacekeeping.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oleksandra Panova (23) studies towards her M.A. in Political Science at Friedrich Schiller University Jena. Beforehand, she completed her B.A. in Political Science at Kyiv-Mohyla-Academy, Kyiv (Ukraine). As a response to the crisis in eastern Ukraine, Oleksandra is particularly interested in learning more about peacekeeping activities, conflict resolution, negotiation processes, and the role of international organizations. With her interest in applying different approaches to real-world issues, she frequently participates in workshops, debates or simulation games. She is strongly convinced that global challenges should be solved only through cooperation and dialog on the highest level.

 

 

 

 

Johannes Säuberlich (21) completed his B.A. in Sociology and Economics at Friedrich Schiller University Jena in 2017 and has started studying towards his M.A. in Sociology. He is very much looking forward to his first WorldMUN experience in Panama. He appreciates the opportunity to meet people from all over the world and to understand what it means to be part of a big international organization.

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Our WorldMUN 2017 Experience in Montréal

The twenty-sixth session of Harvard World Model United Nations conference was held in Montréal, Canada, from March 13th to 17th. Over 2000 students from about 115 countries attended WorldMUN this year. Our delegation represented the Republic of Sierra Leone in three of twenty-one committees – in the Disarmament and International Security Committee (DISEC), in the World Health Organisation (WHO) and in the African Union (AU).

The city of Montréal and especially the Palais des congrès de Montréal, located at the heart of downtown Montréal, offered us a unique environment for debate and discussion. The Palais de congrès represents the modern and innovative spirit of the city and offered us the perfect setting for the committee sessions.

Our trip started with an exploration of the city. We saw the Mont Royal which gave the city its name and had an amazing sunny view from the top of the mountain. Another highlight of Montréal is the Saint Joseph’s Oratory that we visited afterwards. After this first impressions of the city, the opening ceremony was the next point on our list. The ceremony took place in the Palais the congrès, so that we could have a first insight in the definite conference venue. We got the possibility to hear some very interesting speeches that were completed by musical interludes and a special act of the dancer and motivational entertainer Luca „Lazylegz“ Patuelli.

All delegation members had a very special time in Montréal, during committee sessions as well as during our delegation activities and the social events. The trip ended with the closing ceremony, that was the last highlight of the week and let us feel the unique spirit of Harvard World Model United Nations.

With the following remarks, we would like to give an overview over the committees we took part in, the topics that were discussed and the strategies that our delegates followed; besides the experiences we made during the conference.

Disarmament and International Security Committee (DISEC)

The delegates Antonia Rausch and Lukas Syskowski discussed the second topic „Women in Armed Conflict“ in the Disarmament and International Security Committee (DISEC). This topic wasn’t the preferred one of the delegates, who wished to discuss the topic „Global Mass Surveillance“. Nevertheless, both tried their best to represent the interests of Sierra Leone during debate. The second topic was chosen at the first committee session on Tuesday. The main interests of Sierra Leone concerning this topic were related to the sovereignty of nations and the integration of women in the army and police. Moreover, women in terrorist groups reflected a main issue, especially the prevention of terrorist groups.

On Wednesday, working papers had to be handed in to discuss them in public. Sierra Leone worked on a working paper together with Latin American countries like Honduras, Chile and Ecuador, that were also supporters of the mentioned aspects. From this day on, they mentioned delegations together for the next few days.
Thursday was mainly affected by the discussion of the Draft Resolutions that were developed versions of the working papers. The delegates of Sierra Leone worked closely together with their negotiation partners to present a Draft Resolution that included all important aspects.
Finally, Sierra Leone provided the fourth Draft Resolution together with the other delegates. The Resolution passed and therefore the delegates of Sierra Leone were satisfied with the past days of discussion.

World Health Organization (WHO)

Marike Seusing and Marcel Sommer represented Sierra Leone in the World Health Organization (WHO).  On the first day, the committee members decided to discuss the topic “Reforming the Global Pharmaceutical Industry”. The second topic, “Combating the International Obesity and Diabetes Epidemic”, was found to be too specialized and could even be discussed within the first topic.

From Sierra Leones standpoint of being a West African country with a precarious medical reliability of supply and infrastructure, Marike and Marcel decided to look for allies among countries with a comparable background. Therefore, the first exchange of information took place with the delegates of Guinea and Kenya. The Sierra Leonean delegates pursued a strategy with two aspects: On the one hand, they tried to find an agreement with regional partners which would encompass the fight against counterfeit medicine. On the other hand, our delegates approached to the People’s Republic of China which play an essential role in the supply of cost-effective generics in West Africa.

As the topic was verbalized in such a general way, many countries could join each other to claim theirs interests. As representatives from Sierra Leone, Marike und Marcel worked collaboratively with China and Kenya among others. But due to the emerging differences during the debate which referred mainly to the expansion of intellectual property rights hampering the production and transport of generics, the negotiations with those partners stagnated.

Consequently, Marike and Marcel preferred to work on a working paper together with South Africa and Chile. This working paper included the implementation of a monitoring system to fight counterfeit medicine. Moreover, other aspects which represented the interests of Sierra Leone, like the medical education of local actors to help the so called Least Developed Countries (LDCs) to develop from inside, could be included. Although the required majority lacked for this draft resolution, both tried their best to add the most important issues and bring them on the table for further discussion. Finally, another draft resolution passed, but Marike and Marcel were more than happy to have experienced such unique days of discussion and fruitful debate.

African Union (AU)

Sebastian Witte represented the delegation of the Friedrich-Schiller-University in the African Union. The committee decided to discuss the daily topic „Rise of Radical Islam“. Due to the comparatively manageable number of delegates, rapid progress could be made both in the plenary and in the informal discussions. The almost confidential working atmosphere encouraged an „outside of the box“ thinking, so that even unusual solutions, like the integration of social-media to combat radical groups could be discussed.
From the point of view of Sierra Leone, the adopted resolution could also be seen as a success, because some points relevant to the delegation, such as the institutionalization of interreligious dialogue, were taken into account.

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All of us had an amazing time in Montréal, during committee session as well as during social events. We would like to thank again all of our sponsors that made our trip possible and gave us the opportunity to experience all aspects of this unique event.