№ 82/2012 from Apr 16, 2012
A delegation from Freie Universität was successful in the world’s largest simulation of the United Nations. At the National Model United Nations Conference (NMUN) in New York, 18 students from Freie Universität took the role of Iraqi diplomats. They won two Outstanding Position Paper Awards for their position papers on the situation of women and on the arms trade. The aim of NMUN is to communicate and implement the United Nations system, basic principles of international law, professional negotiating skills, English political rhetoric, and detailed knowledge about the countries being represented.
At NMUN simulation conferences, young academics from all over the world simulate working and decision-making processes of the United Nations on current issues in world politics, such as the Biological Weapons Convention, the fight against international terrorism, or networks for sustainable development. After a multi-stage selection process, students spend six months preparing for the event with twice-weekly seminars and special events. Before the start of the five-day conference in New York, the delegation from Freie Universität attended a number of presentations by representatives of the United Nations and associated organizations and paid visits to the local German, European, and Iraqi representatives.
Freie Universität has been participating in NMUN conferences annually since 1995. This year's delegation was led by Peggy Wittke from the Chair of Public Law and International Law. During the coming fall/winter semester, the Department of Law at Freie Universität will be accepting applications for participation in the next simulation conference.
Despoina Glarou, Model United Nations / Model European Union, Department of Law, Freie Universität Berlin, Tel.: +49 80930 / 838-53013, Email: email@example.com