Heidelberg National MUN Conference 2016 – Our experience

On the weekend of January 9-10 2016, our delegation took part at the 6th HEIDELBERG NATIONAL MUN Conference. Our delegation was present in two out of the […]

On the weekend of January 9-10 2016, our delegation took part at the 6th HEIDELBERG NATIONAL MUN Conference. Our delegation was present in two out of the three committees, representing five countries. We had delegations in the Third Committee of the General Assembly (SOCHUM) on the topic of forced migration, as well as one delegate in the European Council, dealing with future migration crises. Here follow their respective reports:

A. United Nations General Assembly, Third Committee (SOCHUM) – Forced migration – a global solution to a global problem

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„Lena Stránská and Elisa Calzolari were assigned to represent Namibia, the country the delegation will also represent during WorldMUN in Rome. During negotiations they joined a group of delegates representing predominantly the African Union and their draft resolution which was highly influenced by their co-delegates representing Angola, Gunnar and Ulrich. Sadly, at the end, the resolution wasn´t adopted with just one vote missing.“

 Lena Stránská and Elisa Calzolari, representing Namibia at SOCHUM

 

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„Gunnar Hamann and Ulrich Schmid represented the Republic Of Angola in Heidelberg. Gunnar had the task to hold speeches in the SOCHUM and report back any new developments. Ulrich was occupied with the task to negotiate with the other countries outside of the Neue Aula.

For their hard work (they stayed awake until at least 1 AM each day, to work on draft resolutions and working papers), they were commissioned the best delegates award as newcomers in the end, together with three other delegations at the General Assembly.“

Gunnar Hamann and Ulrich Schmid, representing Angola at SOCHUM

 

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„Cynthia Möller represented the country of Turkey in the GA/SOCHUM at HeidelbergMUN. Debating refugees was of special interest for the country of Turkey in this committee, thus the involvement was not only appreciated but also necessary. Turkey succeeded in contributing a clause to the resolution as well as giving several speeches. HeidelbergMUN created an atmosphere of a creative working environment along with many socializing opportunities.“

Cynthia Möller, representing Turkey at SOCHUM

 

 

 

 

 

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„The most important requirement was to get to know the country I represented in a way that allowed me to act independent and confident in every possible issue area.

Unfortunately the position of Iran in behalf of our agenda (forced migration and a global solution) was meticulous, because Iran still supports the homicidal Assad-Regime, which actions is one of the main root causes for forced migration in the Middle East.tmp_002

Therefore, I considered my duty to find any possible solution, that doesn’t affect the sovereignty and the integrity of any Middle Eastern state, which of course was meant to protect the Assad regime. Later, negotiations started with Syria, Cuba, Russia, Venezuela and China, that I considered to be good partners due to the content of their speeches.

We considered our hardline-positions not to be capable of winning a majority, but indeed, we had a group that could affect one of the bigger groups only because we were many. We found that group, integrated our claims and gave them our votes, and finally won the resolution-polling over one vote.“

Peer Bosse [2nd from left on the last photo], representing Iran at SOCHUM

 

B. European Council – Preventing future migration crises

image003„Tom Niepage represented the Kingdom of Sweden in the European Council at HeidelbergMUN. The aim of this council was to reach a unified strategy to prevent future migration crises. Sweden, as the European country with the most asylum seeker number per capita in Europe, has a great interest to come to a binding distribution quota. In cooperation with states such as Germany, Greece, Italy and Luxembourg, Sweden can reach a comprehensive resolution. Itincludes a quota system to share the burden between all member states against the opposition of especially East European countries like Poland and the Czech Republic. Furthermore it includes increased EU boarder controls to register all refugees, more resources for humanitarian aid in the conflict zones and more EU wide resources and programs to improve the integration of refugees in the national societies.“

Tom Niephage [mid], representing Sweden at the European Council

 

Summary

We’d like to thank the staff of the Heidelberg National MUN for their efforts, that made our great experiences possible. Especially the two young ushers, that transmitted our communication through the Neue Aula with a lot of honest passion. It was an exciting event with a splendid MUN spirit and a place to meet interesting people with common goals. And it was most definitely not the last time.

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