WorldMUN News 2015 Archive

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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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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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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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Berlin, Berlin – we are going to Berlin.

On February 18, 2015 the WorldMUN delegation of Jena travelled to Berlin to visit the Algerian embassy, the Korean arts centre as well as the […]

On February 18, 2015 the WorldMUN delegation of Jena travelled to Berlin to visit the Algerian embassy, the Korean arts centre as well as the Federal Foreign Office.

The trip focused on being able to ask open-ended questions about the various committees, we are going to represent in South Korea and other questions regarding Algeria and its neighbours.

After a short presentation about Algeria’s history, political reforms and its position in the African Union, we were able to see a new point of view with respect to Algeria, marked by personal insights on site. Over the following specific questions of the students, S.E. Nor-Eddine Aouam and his staff members were especially pleased, so that the visit of the Algerian Embassy was very helpful for the preparations for WorldMUN. Afterwards, we were cordially invited to a huge buffet composed of traditional finger food – characteristic for the country.

In the afternoon, the Delegation visited the Korean art centre – an outsourced part of the South Korean embassy. The Jena delegates got a good impression of the political and cultural life in South Korea. Although this visit was not directly related to the committee work in Seoul, it was important for the nine participants to be also prepared for the host country. The short introduction in the Korean language was very helpful; there is no doubt about it.

As a last stop of the Berlin excursion we had an appointment with Christopher Reichow, employee of the Foreign Office. Many questions on specific issues could be resolved or discussed. It was a great end of this amazing Berlin trip.

We would like to thank all those, who have allowed us to this day. Without this assistance, a specific preparation would not be possible.

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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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HNMUN 2015 – A diplomatic weekend

At the second weekend of January, the delegation of the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena participated at the 5th Heidelberg National MUN Conference 2015, at the Neue Universität […]

At the second weekend of January, the delegation of the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena participated at the 5th Heidelberg National MUN Conference 2015, at the Neue Universität building in the heart of Heidelberg’s beautiful old town.

The conference featured two committees. In the first committee, the Security Council as single delegate committee, the delegates represented: Jordan, Spain and Venezuela. The topic ‘Containing the Islamic State’ was up for debate. The delegates had to seek for solutions and new ways to put an effective stop to ISIL in the short term while keeping in mind the stability of the middle and near east in a long term perspective.

In the second committee, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) as double delegate committee discussed the topic ‘Development through Fair Trade’. The delegates represented: Bangladesh, France, Sweden and Turkey. The delegates had to negotiate between the positions of the Global North and the Global South, while trying to accomplish what the WTO has so far failed to do: produce a new consensus on fair trade and development.

To honour her active cooperation and great spirit of diplomacy in the Security Council during the draft resolution, Julia Kossiski get a Honourable Mention. That was a great success for the whole delegation of Jena.

Lively debates and verbal disputes during formal and informal debates left an impression on the delegates and prepare them for WorldMUN 2015 in Seoul.

We would like to thank the University Heidelberg-organisation team for this great weekend.

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The UN Delegation from Jena is going to represent Algeria at WorldMUN 2015

http://img.wallpaperstock.net:81/algerien-flagge-wallpapers_32969_1920x1200.jpgThe nine delegates of the University of Jena are going to represent the largest country of Africa – Algeria. The country is known as a key oil and gas supplier and stands at rank 93 in the Human Development Index. President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, 79, has run the country since his election in 1999. He ended a brutal and bloody civil war that began after an army coup in 1991 that overturned free elections that had been won by an Islamist party. Tension persists between Morocco over the Western Sahara, where nomadic Saharans are seeking self-determination. Algeria has the largest army in Africa and a defense budget of more than $10 billion annually. It will be a great challenge but also an opportunity to represent this country at Seoul.

The delegation will represent Algeria in five different committees. The delegates will be working in the DISEC (Disarmament and International Security Committee), in the SOCHUM (Social, Cultural, and Humanitarian Committee), in the Millennium Development Goals (High-Level Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly), in the CDP (Committee for Development Policy) and in the regional body African Union.

In the next weeks the Delegation has to spend a lot of time and energy for the preparation of WorldMUN 2015. With the help of Algeria’s Embassy, which the delegates are going to visit in February, the preparation will be completed. The Delegation is deeply grateful for every countenance.

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

In order to raise some funds for our project, the delegates prepared some cakes and cookies which were offered at the university on December 11th and 17th. To conclude this year, we would like to say Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all sponsors, supporters and everyone else interested in our project!

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WorldMUN 2015: Our preparations for the conference have started

We have started preparing for WorldMUN 2015 a few weeks ago. After making ourselves familiar with giving improvised speeches on certain issues, we continued with applying the Rules of Procedure during our lessons. In order to enable the delegation to successfully participate at Model United Nations conferences, it is important to practise the proper use of the Rules of Procedure. While one of our head delegates played the role of the committee chair, the other participants chose a country of their preference so that we could practise the rules in a realistic environment.

Following the introduction of the Rules of Procedure, we took a further step. This step included the preparation of working papers on a special topic, with which we could be confronted in the near future at one of the upcoming national conferences in Erfurt or Heidelberg. During this part of the course we tried to find appropriate allies to formulate working papers and we started to learn how to formulate a consensual position.