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Award for Role in United Nations Simulation

Delegation from Freie Universität Won Second Place at UN Conference Simulation in Ecuador

№ 15/2013 from Jan 29, 2013

A delegation from Freie Universität was successful in a recent United Nations conference simulation. At the National Model United Nations Conference (NMUN) Latin America 2013, which took place in the Ecuadorian Galapagos, two students from Freie Universität took the role of the nongovernmental organization Greenpeace and received an award for "Distinguished Delegation" (2nd place). The aim of NMUN is to increase students’ knowledge about the United Nations system, the fundamentals of international law, professional negotiation strategies, English political rhetoric, as well as more detailed information about the responsible countries and organizations and to give them an opportunity to put this knowledge to use in practical situations.

The two participating students, Oleh Vovk and Caroline Clajus, are law students at Freie Universität. They were accompanied by Despoina Glarou, a research assistant for Professor Philip Kunig from the university's Department of Law. At the conference, participants simulated three commissions of the Economic and Social Council and the Security Council. The key issues were environmental protection and sustainability. In addition, the participants, along with scientists and local citizens, took part in community work in the Galapagos National Park.

Freie Universität Berlin has been participating in the NMUN simulation conferences in New York since 1995. More recently, the organizers also began holding their conferences in other places, including China and Latin America. This was the first time that the event was held on the Galapagos Islands. Altogether 115 delegations from around the world participated. Apart from the Bundeswehr University of Munich, Freie Universität was the only German university among the participants.

Further Information

Despoina Glarou, responsible for the Model United Nations / Model European Union at the Department of Law at Freie Universität Berlin, Tel.: +49 30 838-53013, Email: glarou@zedat.fu-berlin.de