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Erfurt MUN – Politics put in practice

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On the third weekend of January (15. – 17.), our delegation took part in EfMUN 2016, the annual Erfurt University Model United Nations conference. The conference stimulating the two most important bodies of the United Nations, the General Assembly and the Security Council, was held in the picturesque townhall of the city. Our delegation consisted of nine delegates, two in the Security Council and seven in the General Assembly.

 

In the Security Council2016-01-15-PR-034, the topics for discussion were: 1.) Maintenance of International Peace and Security: Security Sector Reform and 2.) The Situation in Iraq. After the debate on setting the agenda the body decided to go forth with the second topic the situation in Iraq. Our delegates representing Nigeria 2016-01-16-PR-043and New Zealand then spent the weekend actively drafting resolutions and participating in the debate. In the a compehensive resolution passed that both of our delegates supported.

 

2016-01-15-PR-022In the General Assembly the two topics up for discussion were: 1.) Prohibiting Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems and 2.) The Impact of Migration on Development. The debate was strong but it was clear from the beginning that the Assembly in the wake of recent event was more interested in the second topic. With almost 90 delegates present our students had the opportunity to experience first hand and join in multinational negotiations and form coalitions for a common position on the issue. The resolutions produced in this body were evident of the hard work the UN delegates put in and the three resolutions that were finally adopted by the body were prime examples of well studied positions and successful negotiations.

 


 

Some of our delegates reported their experiences from the conference:
„As a delegate of Sri Lanka, or in general, as a delegate of a s2016-01-16-PR-037mall country it is highly important to give a memorable opening speech, where you communicate your core values. Unfortunately many caucuses had taken place before I spoke, but due to the speeches of the other delegates, I identified positions I could imagine to be compatible with mine. I started with bilateral negotiations and formed a small group of people.

I recognized, that most of the draft working papers were nearly the same, so it doesn’t seemed to made any difference which group was going to win at the end.

So I decided to go “all in” to actually gain something. By building an embellishing argument line, that puts an unrealistic plan into a status, where other delegates actually thought about integrating it into their paper. Sadly it failed due to one of my group-member gave that point free to be changed and after that, it wasn’t recoverable. Lessons to be learned: choose your partners wisely.“

Peer Bosse, representing Sri Lanka in the GA

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„Lena Stránská represented the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Together with a diverse group of countries from all over the world including among others New Zealand, Norway, Canada, Israel and Romania focused on promotion of business environment in countries of migrants´ origin. Their proposals, which were in the end merged with a larger resolution drafted by countries of the EU and other Western oriented countries such as Japan or Australia, also included aspects of circular migration that would decrease the negative impacts of migration through involvement of emigrants in development projects and benefiting from their knowledge of their country of origin. During the final voting procedure, the draft resolutions belonged to the approved ones.“

Lena Stránská, representing the Netherlands in the GA

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„During the Efmun conference, I represented the State of Kuwait in the General Assembly.
Due to same interests and geographical proximity, all of the represented golf states (Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates) became allies and drafted a position paper on the topic “The impact of migration on development”.

Amélie Bohlen, representing Kuwait in the GA

2016-01-15-PR-045„Gunnar Hamann was representing the Democratic People’s Republic Of Korea (DPRK) at EfMUN. He brought along his position papers and a lot of preperation and enthusiasm, as well as a picture of the leader of the DPRK, Kim Jong Un. He was able to support the resolution of China and Iran, by adding information on the topic of remittance corridors. As his picture was taken from his place, without being asked for approval at first, he left the conference room, to show his disappointment over the handling with the delegation of the DPRK. Unfortunately, he got sick and couldn’t represent the DPRK any further on Saturday and Sunday.“

 Gunnar Hamann, representing DPRK in the GA

2016-01-15-PR-061„Tom Niepage represented the Republic of Yemen in the General Assembly during the EfMUN conference. Since he was not recognized by the chair for his opening and agenda setting speech he instead focused later on a working paper with the neighboring Gulf States. The main aim for a country with a small economy such as Yemen was to attract funding for the integration of migrants. Sadly this working paper was later not accepted by the General Assembly.“

 

Tom Niepage, representing Yemen in the GA


Overall, the EfMUN conference was a positive experience for our delegates as they had the chance to lay out their position papers and skills and negotiate with many other countries on these two crucial topics. The conference was also important for the delegates from the Friedrich-Schiller-University because of a different set of Rules of Procedure, similar to those followed in the National Model United Nations in New York. It is important that our delegates became acquainted with different Rules of Procedure than the WorldMUN conference as to be able to understand the diversity with which one can run a UN conference. Having returned back to Jena, our delegation is now looking forward for our next MUN conference in Rome.

Additional Photos of the Delegation:

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The FSU Jena delegation at the opening ceremony

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Cynthia Möller and Elisa Calzolari representing New Zealand and Nigeria in the SC

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Christina Gerantoni and Ulrich Schmid, Iraq and Australia in the GA

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Cynthia Möller, representing New Zealand in the Security Council

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Ulrich Schmid, representing Australia in the GA

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Article on Jena.tv

An article was published today on jena.tv about the Friedrich-Schiller-University Delegation concerning our WorldMUN participation as Namibia in Rome.

Link: http://www.jenatv.de/mediathek/31918/Jenaer_Studenten_bei_UNO_Simulation.html

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Delegation Rome 2016

As the Harvard WorldMUN conference is slowly approaching, it is time to meet the FSU Jena delegates that will be representing Namibia in one of the biggest model UN conferences in the world.

The delegation of six, consists of three double delegations in the Disarmament and International Security Committee – Elisa and Lena, the African Union – Christina and Cynthia, and the United Nations Human Rights Council with Ulrich and Gunnar.


The Delegates

elisaElisa Calzolari, 25 years, student of the MA program Political Science at the Friedrich-Schiller-University in Jena, with focus on International Organizations and Globalization. Her main interest, besides of the United Nations and their organizations, lies on German Diplomacy. It is particularly import to gather an overarching understanding of International Diplomacy in order to succeed in this area. Therefore, she already gathered several international experience, inter alia studying abroad in Brussels and Salvador, Brazil, as well as doing internships in political institutions and organizations in Rio de Janeiro, Tokyo and Brussels. Since she spent great part of her adolescence in Rome and also has the Italian citizenship she is looking forward particularly to the WorldMUN in Rome with excitement and great expectations. Furthermore, she is convinced that the WorldMUN will give her a better understanding of diplomatic actions and handling in an international environment as well as strengthen her and the teams communication and negotiation skills.

lenaLena Stránská, 24 years, student of International Relations and European Studies of the Palacký University in Olomouc has come to Jena for her Erasmus year. During her studies she focuses predominantly on African politics, international conflicts and security and external relations of the European Union. She is a multiple Model United Nations conferences participant who enjoys very much the art of diplomacy and hopes to broaden her skills during the WorldMUN 2016. Especially since she has not been a part of such a large conference before. She also cannot wait to visit the eternal city of Rome. Ever since she visited Zimbabwe many years ago her biggest dream is to become a career diplomat. In order to understand the world of diplomacy better she already fulfilled an internship at the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in the Department of Sub-Saharan countries. In her free-time she enjoys time spent outside, regaining her energy from the nature. She likes to read, listen to music and jog. She also aims at knowing as many languages as possible, currently speaking and understanding on various levels six of them – English, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch and Slovak.

christinaChristina Gerantoni, 20, is a Bachelor student on an Erasmus exchange in Jena.  She is trilingual in Greek, English and German, is learning Spanish and studies a tri-partite degree of Politics, Philosophy and Economics in the University of Warwick in the UK. Her degree examines each discipline separately but also studies the interactions between the three of them and she is currently looking into critical theory and feminist epistemology. She has been taking part in MUN since high school and has so far attended more than 20 conferences in various positions, starting from delegate to even President of the GA. Her personal highlight has been the WEMUNC conference in Beijing 2011. She has also participated in debating competitions and interned at the Ministry of Finance exercising a profound liking to politics and diplomacy. In her spare time she enjoys reading and watching movies as well as meeting up with friends. She believes that academic devotion should be accompanied with appropriate social interaction, both of which components MUN does in her experience cover satisfyingly.

 

cynthiaCynthia Möller, 24 years, currently studies Master of Education – Culture – Anthropology in her third Semester at Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena. She completed her undergraduate in Cultural History, European Ethnology and English also at this university. As a participant of Toronto’s York University’s project “TfTf“ (“learning from the past – teaching for the future“) her interest in human rights, genocide prevention and international politics started out. Political science with a special focus on international relations and the United Nations serves as the field of study for her to pursue these interests further. She sees her participation in WorldMUN conference in Rome as a chance to grow on a personal and also on a professional level outside the academic space. Since this is her first MUN experience, she considers this experience both as a challenge and an exciting venture. She aims to be a worthy representative of the Friedrich-Schiller-University and a good diplomatic partner in multilateral discussions.

 

ulrichUlrich Schmid, 24 years old, is a first semester student of the MA program political science at the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Germany. His main focus lies on International Organizations and Globalization and International Relations. He completed his undergraduate studies in political science and sociology at the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena as well. Once he gets his master’s degree, he plans to work as a diplomat at the German Foreign Office. While doing an internship at the German parliament he made his first practical experiences in this field. He has a strong interest in the United Nations and their work and is an active member of the United Nations Association of Germany. Two years ago he participated in a smaller UN-simulation (UNIGA Jena) in which he was a delegate of France and learned much about diplomatic etiquette and negotiations. The WorldMUN 2016 in Rome offers him a chance to collect new experiences in a wider international context with a variety of students from all around the world.

 

gunnarGunnar Hamann, 26 years old, completed his bachelor’s degree in German language and literature (major) and Political Science (minor) at the Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena in 2015 and is currently in his first semester of the MA program Political Science. He focuses on International Relations and Foreign Politics, but is also taking courses in International Organizations and Globalization. Although at first glance disconnected from political issues, he dealt with the construction of internet pseudonyms from a social identitary point of view in his bachelor thesis. But finding connections between apparently disconnected matters is what drives him, since it is his dream to work as a radio journalist, preferably in the political sphere. He is a member of the »United Nations Association of Germany« (DGVN) and of the improvisation theater group »Rababakomplott«. Two seemingly different areas, which may join together at WorldMUN 2016 (also since Italy is the homeland of improvisation theater). He also participated at the university-internal UN simulation in Jena (UNIGA) and helped out as an usher two more times. At the WorldMUN his main interest is in understanding the dynamics of bargaining in practice and how cooperation is facilitated by the delegates.

 

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The official WorldMUN 2016 delegation of Namibia with the delegation advisor, Patrick Rosenow