№ 82/2010 from Apr 08, 2010
The delegation from Freie Universität Berlin came back from the National Model United Nations 2010 conference in New York with two awards. The 21 students from various disciplines represented the Kingdom of Spain in the simulation conference from March 30 to April 3 and thus also the Presidency of the European Union. The delegation won an outstanding position paper award and an honorable mention delegation award (3rd place) for its realistic representation of the EU Presidency country. Teams from over 220 universities in 25 countries participated in the conference in New York. National Model United Nations is the world’s largest college-level simulation of the United Nations.
The meetings were held at the headquarters of the United Nations and the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel. The simulation enables students to learn hands-on in an interdisciplinary setting about the complex structures and range of work covered by international organizations. By taking over the representation of a Member State, they gain knowledge about the history, functions, and duties of multilateral organizations, as well as skills in negotiation and conflict resolution.
Freie Universität Berlin has been participating in National Model United Nations annually since 1995 and cooperates with the Berlin-Brandenburg Branch of the United Nations Association of Germany. The students at Freie Universität must go through a comprehensive application procedure to qualify for participation. They must then actively participate one semester long in a project course at the Department of Law. Freie Universität’s participation is sponsored by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Robert Bosch Foundation.