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.