Report about our study trip to Berlin

Keeping the upcoming Harvard World Model United Nations Conference in Rome on March 14th to 18th in mind, our delegation from the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena undertook […]

Keeping the upcoming Harvard World Model United Nations Conference in Rome on March 14th to 18th in mind, our delegation from the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena undertook a special study trip to Berlin on February 16th. The aim was to get the best possible preparation for representing of the Republic of Namibia. The trip started at 07.30 AM at train station Jena Paradies and we arrived to Berlin at around 10 o’clock, perfectly on time for our first meeting of the day. In the German capital, our delegation got the opportunity to meet the Counsellor of the Republic of Namibia as well as the Italian Envoy and Mr. Kroll from the German Foreign Ministry.

During our first meeting, at the Embassy of the Republic of Namibia, Mr. Simeon Uulenga, gave us several valuable information about the country’s politics as well as a more general overview about Namibia and an insight into its most important issues. In addition to that, enough space was given to answering of nearly all of our questions we had prepared to gain better understanding of Namibia´s position towards the topics that are to be discussed in Rome.

Afterwards, we were given the chance to meet Mr. Alessandro Gaudino, the Italian Envoy, who received us in the beautiful building of the Embassy of the Italian Republic. Our delegation had an informative talk with him and the meeting elucidated us, inter alia, about various aspects of the Italian foreign policy.

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Alessandro Gaudino (3rd from right) and our delegation.

The next and last stop of our study trip before returning to Jena was at the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs. We were welcomed by Mr. Clemens Kroll from the Department of Southern Africa and Country officer for Namibia, who offered us a profound insight into the German-Namibia relationship including the reappraisal process of the colonial past.

aaUpon our arrival to Jena 10.20 PM we were full of lots of precious experiences and eventually a whole new perspective on issues regarding the country we will be representing during the upcoming Harvard WorldMUN.

Our delegation would like to wholeheartedly thank the Embassy of Namibia, the Embassy of Italy and the German Foreign Ministry for the opportunity to get to know these institutions, have a fruitful exchange of ideas and gain new experiences.