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Resolutions WorldMUN 2015

If you are interested in what our delegates achieved in their respective committees, you can now find the resolutions from our committees at the end of this entry. These documents are the conference results and the highlighted parts are the contributions of our Algerian delegates.

African Union – Resolution

Committee for Development Policy – Resolution

Millennium Development Goals – Resolution

Social, Cultural, and Humanitarian Committee – Resolution

Disarmament and International Security – Resolution

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WorldMUN 2015 Presentation

Now that we have recovered from our journey to the Republic of Korea, we are going to share our experiences with you. Therefore, we are going to give a presentation on the event itself and on our committee experiences. We would like to invite you to join us on May 28th, at 6 PM in SR 307, Carl-Zeiss-Straße 3 and we would be happy to meet as many of you as possible!

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Artikel im Uni-Journal Jena 04/15

 

 

 

 

 

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Artikel auf jenatv.de

Auf jenatv.de wurde ein weiterer Artikel über unsere Teilnahme an der WorldMUN veröffentlicht.

http://www.jenatv.de/mediathek/26548/Jenaer_Studenten_vertreten_das_groesste_Land_Afrikas.html

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Our WorldMUN 2015 Experiences in Seoul

One City, a conference of 6 days, with participants from 118 different countries, in total 2,500 students made this a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience. What we […]

One City, a conference of 6 days, with participants from 118 different countries, in total 2,500 students made this a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience.

What we experienced between the flight to South Korea on the 13th of March and the end of conference on the 20th is hard to put into just a few words. We have to mention the conference itself with the committee sessions, the speeches we gave, the unofficial negotiations in the hallways we took part in, the delegates from more than 100 different countries that we met, the huge amount of experience we gained while representing Algeria in such few days. And also we would have to write about the incredible hosting country Korea and hosting university Hankuk University of Foreign Studies and everything they did to turn this week into the great week it was. The opening and closing ceremony with the interesting speeches of national Korean politicians, the performances of many different Korean acts, from the known K-Pop Gangnam style to more traditional fan performance. The indescribable amount and locations of every evening’s social event from the Global village at the Hankuk university, the roaring party-streets of Hongdae to the floating island for the farewell-party.

With the following remarks, we would like to give an overview over the committees we attended, the topics that were discussed and the experiences we gained.

DISEC (Disarmament and International Security), the First Committee of the UN and the largest committee of the conference with more than 170 countries represented, discussed the topic of cyber security and cyber warfare. Since these are issues the UN does not have a long history with, the committee had to start at very basic discussion points, like finding definitions for crucial concepts such as cyber warfare, cyber terrorism and cyber defence. The committee also had to come to terms with the problem that international law, developed in the context of conventional warfare, does not seamlessly adapt to cyberspace. Our delegates Hendrik Damerow and Johannes Klemm worked together with a core group of African and Arab states, focussing on precise definitions, translating the concept of state sovereignty into cyberspace and addressing the needs of developing countries. The resulting draft resolution was promising and had considerable support, but was not even voted on – one bloc of countries managed to strategically change the order in which the drafts were voted on just minutes before the end of the session.

This year a very essential topic namely Violence Against Women has been discussed in SOCHUM (the Third Committee of the UN: Social, Humanitarian and Cultural).

Our „Algerian“ delegates Maria Mazur and Polina Sulima worked in close cooperation with the delegates from Egypt, Tunisia, South Africa and Australia. Together we tried to push forward the resolution that we created with the support of 48 countries. It has been a week of learning to be a diplomat; filled with discussions, negotiations and scrutinizing diverse country-positions on this issue. While trying hard to negotiate the wording of working papers and draft resolutions, we came to understand how much effort must be put in to reach a compromise and find a common language in the diplomatic environment. Apart from exploring the world of international politics, we, as the delegates, had a unique opportunity to take a new look at the policies of single countries, thus discovering those new ones we do not represent or personally belong to. It goes without saying, that such a huge committee served as a perfect platform for having fun, exchanging cultures and getting to know bright young minds from all over the world!

The High-Level Plenary Meeting on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) was a single-delegate committee and the quorum consisted of approximately 125 countries. The MDGs consist of eight different goals with 18 special targets. The thematic range included the fight against poverty, gender equality, environmental sustainability and many more very interesting and important issues. The year 2015 is the benchmark year, in which the United Nations will review the successes and failures of each and every single goal in all the member states. The committee’s main topic consisted of discussing the successes and failures of the previous MDGs and in the end we had to come to a resolution, which contained suggestions on how to face the problems and challenges of a post-2015 development agenda.

Because of the broad thematic perspective, the committee needed to first decide on how to approach this broad topic. Slowly but surely the delegates discussed each goal separately, until the first working papers, containing suggestions, approaches and goals for a post-2015 development agenda, were on the floor. Peer Rieck, our delegation’s representative, started to work and cooperate with the African block early on and the cooperation continued until the very end. During the sessions, further developing and transitioning countries joined our group and we were able to present a draft resolution in cooperation with a small number of industrialized nations. With approximately 60 signatories, our draft resolution turned out to be the strongest draft of all three draft resolutions on the floor. In the last session on Friday morning, the amendments were voted upon and our resolution passed with a very high majority.

The Committee for Development Policy (CDP) belongs to the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). The committee dealt with the first Millennium Development Goal (MDG) which is the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger. Because 2015 is the benchmark year for all MDGs, the CDP had to look deeper into how much progress has been realized based on the standards set for extreme poverty and hunger to conclude how a post-2015 development agenda could look like. The CDP consisted of 24 member states with two delegates per country. Right from the beginning Laura Berger and Julia Maxein were holding speeches, connecting with states like Botswana, Burundi, China, Pakistan and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. In the first days the committee discussed mainly the definition of poverty, new problems that have arrived during the past battle against it and a future path to fight the root of extreme poverty and hunger. Due to the good preparation and the successful networking within the CDP, Laura and Julia could yield the points of Algeria very well. On Thursday the committee had submitted two draft resolutions to the chair, which were merged in the end. Laura and Julia are proud about providing important points towards the final resolution and developing the entire Preamble together with Pakistan. It passed with unanimous majority.

In addition to the bodies of the United Nations, some special summits were also held at the conference. In the African Union (AU), Jena’s delegates Jördis Waak and Mariella Loock represented Algeria’s interests and discussed the topic of „Education in Africa“. They had a constant and fruitful debate with other 53 African countries. Since Algeria is one of the wealthier countries in the AU and also maintains friendly relationships to all members, they had a good starting point to emphasize Algeria’s positions through several speeches. Afterwards, they concentrated on writing a draft resolution in close cooperation with Sudan, Chad and Tunisia. The previous formulated material was very useful, the effort turned out well and a lot of ideas were accepted. The most exciting moment happened on Friday: two draft resolutions were submitted to the chair and nobody seemed to be sure about the outcome of the voting. Finally the resolution at which Algeria participated was accepted – what an incredible feeling after all those days of hard word.

In addition to the conference, two amazing trips were organized on Wednesday afternoon. Delegates could choose between a trip to the Demilitarized Zone separating North and South Korea and a trip to the Gyeongbokgung Palace to see some traditional Korean heritage.

Jena’s delegation is proud to have participated in such a great conference and to have experienced such a great outcome. In all committees, the delegates were able to have a significant impact on the discussions and to put forth their opinion which in many cases led to great influence on the passed resolutions. 2015 can absolutely be called a successful year!

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Artikel in Ostthüringer Zeitung

Die Ostthüringer Zeitung hat einen Artikel über unsere Teilnahme an der WorldMUN veröffentlicht:


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Final preparations before departure

On Friday afternoon, February 20 and Saturday morning, February 21, we had an additional session to prepare ourselves for the WorldMUN conference. After an introductory presentation on Algeria from our faculty advisor, the delegates gave presentations on their respective committees. The committee’s topics, structure and members were discussed and we were debating and advising on how to best approach the different issues from an Algerian perspective. Our visit to the Algerian Embassy in Berlin and to the Federal Foreign Office were very helpful to work out positions, that represent the Algerian agenda as close to reality as possible.

After having discussed our position papers and possible negotiation strategies, we moved into clarifying the final organizational aspects of our visit to Korea and planned our participation at the conference’s social events. By now, we are all looking forward to the conference and to get to know all the other delegates and we can’t wait to experience the city of Seoul and the Republic of Korea.

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Pressemitteilung der Universität Jena

Jena vertritt das größte Land Afrikas

Studierende vertreten Algerien bei internationaler UNO-Simulation in Seoul 2015

Neun Studierende der Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena werden bei einer internationalen Konferenz-Simulation das flächenmäßig größte Land Afrikas vertreten: Algerien. Sie repräsentieren das nordafrikanische Land während der diesjährigen „World Model United Nations“ (WorldMUN) Konferenz, die vom 16. bis 20. März im koreanischen Seoul stattfindet. Die WorldMUN Konferenz ist eine Simulation der Vereinten Nationen (UNO). Vier Tage werden die Studierenden der Politikwissenschaft Laura Berger, Hendrik Damerow, Johannes Klemm, Mariella Loock, Julia Maxein, Maria Mazur, Peer Rieck, Polina Sulima und Jördis Waak in unterschiedlichen UNO-Gremien die Interessen Algeriens vertreten.

Wie in der „echten“ UNO diskutieren bei dieser Simulation etwa 2.200 Studierende aus über 65 Ländern über realpolitische Probleme der Weltpolitik. Dabei wollen sie u. a. sowohl über gescheiterte Staaten und Bildung in Afrika als auch über die Millenniumsentwicklungsziele diskutieren und Lösungsansätze erarbeiten. Ziel ist es, nach den fünf Tagen Beschlüsse auf den Weg zu bringen.

Jena hat Erfahrung mit der UNO-Simulation, nahmen doch bereits sieben Mal Delegationen der Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena teil. Nach Tansania und dem Südsudan haben sich die Jenaer auch in diesem Jahr wieder für ein afrikanisches Land entschieden. „Gerade in der heutigen Zeit ist es für die Studierenden immer eine gewinnbringende Erfahrung, die Perspektive eines nicht-westlichen Staates in der internationalen Politik einzunehmen, um die Politik dieser Staaten nachvollziehen zu können – auch wenn man sie persönlich nicht immer teilen muss„, sagt Prof. Dr. Manuel Fröhlich vom Institut für Politikwissenschaft der Universität Jena, der das Jenaer Team zusammen mit seinem Mitarbeiter Patrick Rosenow unterstützt.

Algerien steht vor großen Herausforderungen 

Trotz seiner großen Gas- und Erdölvorkommen steht Algerien vor großen Herausforderungen„, erklärt Rosenow, der die Jenaer Delegation betreut. Der algerische Präsident Abdelaziz Bouteflika führt das Land seit 1999 und beendete einen brutalen und blutigen Bürgerkrieg. Sein Führungsstil gilt jedoch als autoritär. Es gibt Unabhängigkeitsbestrebungen einzelner Gruppen in Algerien und zahlreiche Spannungen mit dem Nachbarland Marokko im Zusammenhang mit dem Konflikt in der Westsahara. Zu den besonderen Herausforderungen, denen sich die Studierenden mit der Repräsentation Algeriens stellen, zählt die Terrorismusbekämpfung in der Region. Denn in Algerien gab es in den letzten Jahren immer wieder Geiselnahmen und Entführungen von Touristen durch islamistische Splittergruppen. Da sich die Terroristen immer wieder in den Süden des Landes und in die Nachbarstaaten zurückziehen, ist es für Algerien wichtig, in der gesamten Region Nordafrikas für Stabilität zu sorgen. Gleichzeitig wird das nordafrikanische Land jedoch immer wieder mit Vorwürfen von Nichtregierungsorganisationen konfrontiert, die Menschenrechte zu verletzen.

Für ihre Aufgabe hat sich die Jenaer Delegation gezielt vorbereitet. Seit Herbst vergangenen Jahres nehmen die Studierenden an einem Seminar zum Thema teil, besuchten mehrere kleinere Simulationen und sammeln Informationen zu „ihrem“ Land. Außerdem ist eine Exkursion nach Berlin zur algerischen Botschaft und zum Auswärtigen Amt geplant, sowie zur Botschaft des WorldMUN-Gastgeberlandes 2015 Südkorea.

Weitere Informationen unter: http://www.worldmun.uni-jena.de/

Kontakt:
Prof. Dr. Manuel Fröhlich und Patrick Rosenow
Institut für Politikwissenschaft der Universität Jena
Carl-Zeiß-Straße 3, 07743 Jena
Tel.: 03641 / 945406
E-Mail: manuel.froehlich@uni-jena.de und patrick.rosenow@uni-jena.de

Veröffentlicht wurde diese Meldung auf http://www.uni-jena.de/Mitteilungen/PM150129_WorldMUN.

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EfMUN 2015 – A great experience

From January 16 to January 18, we participated at EfMUN 2015, the Erfurt Model United Nations conference. The conference, simulating a General Assembly, was held […]

From January 16 to January 18, we participated at EfMUN 2015, the Erfurt Model United Nations conference. The conference, simulating a General Assembly, was held in the historical townhall of Erfurt. Our delegation consisted of eleven students, representing eleven different countries in the General Assembly. After having been welcomed by Marion Walsmann, MdL, city councilor of the city of Erfurt, we moved into setting the agenda for the upcoming two days.

Two topics were up for debate. Topic 1 was the „Establishment of a Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone in the region of the Middle East“ and topic 2 was „Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in Africa“. After the voting procedure, we knew that we would first have to come to agreements concerning topic 1. In the end, the approximately 70 delegates representing 70 different UN member states spent the whole weekend with discussions on how to establish a nuclear-weapon-free zone in the Middle East. The fruitful debates took many different and interesting directions. The picture to the right shows the delegates during informal debate. On sunday afternoon, three resolutions were voted and agreed upon.

The Rules of Procedure at EfMUN were closely related with the rules followed at the National Model United Nations, which takes place in New York, for example. For the delegates of the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, it was interesting and important to learn about the differences to the Rules of Procedure used at WorldMUN in March. After this helpful experience in Erfurt, the WorldMUN delegation from Jena will now focus on the final preparations regarding the participation at the upcoming WorldMUN in Seoul.

We would like to thank the University Erfurt’s EfMUN-organisation team for this great weekend.

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Informationsdienst Wissenschaft vom 15. Dezember 2014

Diplomatie der UNO live erleben

Axel Burchardt Stabsstelle Kommunikation/Pressestelle
Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena

Universität Jena entsendet Delegation zur Politiksimulations-Konferenz in Seoul 2015

Die Entscheidung ist gefallen: Nun wissen neun Studierende der Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, dass sie im nächsten Jahr zur Studienfahrt nach Südkorea reisen werden. Die Delegation wird an der Harvard World Model United Nations (WorldMUN) teilnehmen, einer Simulation der Arbeit der Vereinten Nationen, an der bereits zum achten Mal ein Team der Jenaer Universität teilnimmt. Ziel der Konferenz ist es, gemeinsam mit Studierenden aus aller Welt innovative Lösungsansätze für aktuelle Probleme der internationalen Politik zu entwickeln und Resolutionen zu verabschieden – und dadurch die Arbeit der UNO noch intensiver zu erleben und zu verstehen.

Bis zur Konferenz in Seoul im März 2015 bereiten sich nun die Studierenden Laura Berger, Hendrik Damerow, Johannes Klemm, Mariella Loock, Julia Maxein, Maria Mazur, Peer Jonas Rieck, Polina Sulima und Jördis Waak gemeinsam mit dem Leiter Patrick Rosenow intensiv auf die Verhandlungen vor. Während eines Vorbereitungsseminars an der Uni Jena lernen sie, diplomatische Herausforderungen zu meistern und erfolgreiche Verhandlungsstrategien zu entwickeln. Die Teilnahme an Probe-Simulationen soll helfen, sich so gut wie möglich mit den Rahmenbedingungen einer internationalen Konferenz vertraut zu machen. Dazu gehört neben der Kenntnis der Geschäftsordnung auch die Einarbeitung in die Verhandlungsthemen sowie in die Politik des Landes, das vertreten wird. Konferenzsprache bei der Vorbereitung wie auch in Seoul ist Englisch. Bei der Vorbereitung werden die Studierenden von Prof. Dr. Manuel Fröhlich und seinem Mitarbeiter Patrick Rosenow von der Professur für Internationale Organisationen und Globalisierung unterstützt.

Die WorldMUN 2015 in Seoul ist die 24. Veranstaltung ihrer Art. Delegationen der Universität Jena nahmen bereits von 2005-2009 sowie an der WorldMUN 2011 in Singapur und 2012 in Vancouver teil. Die Schirmherrschaft über das Jenaer Vorhaben hat Prof. Dr. Walter Rosenthal, Präsident der Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, übernommen. Das Projekt war auch ein Hauptgrund dafür, dass Prof. Fröhlich in diesem Jahr mit dem Lehrpreis der Universität ausgezeichnet wurde.

Kontakt:
Prof. Dr. Manuel Fröhlich und Patrick Rosenow
Institut für Politikwissenschaft der Universität Jena
Carl-Zeiß-Straße 3
07743 Jena
Tel.: 03641 / 945406
E-Mail: manuel.froehlich[at]uni-jena.de und patrick.rosenow[at]uni-jena.de

Veröffentlich auf der Website des idw: https://idw-online.de/de/news618204

Ein Artikel mit gleichem Inhalt wurde ebenfalls an dieser Stelle veröffentlicht:

http://www.deutschland-digital.com/2014/12/22/diplomatie-der-uno-live-erleben-die-friedrich-schiller-universitaet-jena-entsendet-eine-delegation-zur-politiksimulations-konferenz-in-seoul-2015/