While visiting my hometown of Zelenograd on the northwestern edge of Moscow last April, I have decided to explore Eastern Europe's largest Model United Nations conference. The Moscow International Model United Nations (MIMUN) takes place annually since 1989 and have moved to the Moscow State University of International Relations in 1999. Since 2017 they also carry the Name of Vitaly Churkin, to honour Russia's late former ambassador to the United Nations.
The excitement for Harvard WorldMUN started very early —one could even argue too early— this year, as the selection workshop held in November motivated MUN Mannheim’s members to put on a fiery debate that took place on campus and left a little less than 20 victorious delegates ready to represent the society at Harvard WorldMUN in Madrid.
Last weekend we held our first MUN Mannheim alumni meeting in London. Many months of preparation from our 3rd associate Annabel had gone into organising the event which celebrated MUN Mannheims 10 year existence.
When I started the University in Germany I decided it was time to try something new and was reluctant to go back to MUN… “A new era was starting”, that is what I used to say. However I might have also been afraid to go back to something I loved, but with different people, in a different, more professional atmosphere….and also at the other side of the world. Time passed and at the end I could not resist the temptation and went back to MUN in Mannheim. I met wonderful people and I can honestly say it is a decision I will never regret. It was like having a bit of home in a completely new city for me. Two years passed, incredibly fast I should add, and soon I was exploring another city: DUBLIN.
It’s October and you’ve probably settled into the new semester and have eagerly prepared for our MUN sessions or are already excited for the conference you are planning to attend this semester.
But have you ever wondered how MUN might be at a different university? Maybe you have already heard different ideas for sessions from other delegates you met or thought of a cool idea for our society and wondered if that has already been done.
Have you been doing MUN before or have always been interested in checking it out? Or have you always wondered what exactly MUN really is? Take your chance and join our kick-off, either on Monday 11th 09 or 18th 09 (or both days if you wish!!) and get together with us, meet new faces and discover the world of Model UN at the University of Mannheim. We'll tell you a few exciting things, get you started with MUN (as much as you want to of course) and have a fun evening. We'll have drinks and pizza provided :) We're excited to meet you!
The first step of our delegation’s official journey to Harvard WorldMUN 2017 began in Frankfurt airport on the morning of March 11. From then on it was clear that we had ahead of us a week which would becoming a lasting memory for each member of our delegation. From the inflight time to the stopover in Amsterdam, we could constantly be heard laughing and exchanging our excitement for the upcoming week.
This year the amazing number of 22 delegates found their way to Edinburgh to attend ScotMUN X. Since Scotland’s premier MUN conference is famous for their high-quality debates as well as for their socials, it is a tradition for MUN Mannheim to attend this incredible event every year anew. This year attendance was remarkable and we sent our largest MUN Mannheim delegation ever!
We are delighted to introduce this year's WorldMun Delegation, 14 of our best members are going to travel to Canadá in order to represent the University of Mannheim in one of the most renowned MUN conferences in the world.
On Friday 18th November noon, the MUN Mannheim delegation set off for Karlsruhe to attend KAMUN 2016. The KAMUN conferences have been a great conference for our MUN-first-timers ever since. And this year is no exception: 15 of our 20 delegates were looking forward to have their very first (university) MUN-experience.
The Chairing Application for the upcoming MaMUN in 2017 will open the 1st of December.
The theme of the conference will be Latin America, a region with a high economic and political potential but also several crisis and problems: the economic situation in Venezuela, the political scandals in Brazil or the FARC rebel situation in Colombia.
More information will follow soon at our website.
So, get ready to be part of our team at our amazing conference which will be from 5th to 7th of May 2017!
On the night from the 8th to the 9th of November, an unexpected turn in the United States Elections took place. It was a shock for people who did not follow the process and woke on the 9th to the news!
What is happening in the USA? Donald Trump is the new president of the United States of America!
The opening ceremony certainly included one of the highlights of WorldMUN 2016 in Rome as the Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi was one of the speakers. Being a great rhetorician his speech on the current situation in Europe, emphasizing the value of intercultural competences, was really impressive. Besides there were a couple of more speakers and some musical acts to complete the opening ceremony.
Three members of MUN Mannheim e.V. were representing the club at this years edition of MainMUN, one of the larger MUN conferences within Germany. MainMUN set to be an interesting start into this semesters MUN season, delivered with interesting debates, fun socials, and engaging guest speakers
We are very honored and proud to announce, that Martin Kobler will be attending the Opening Ceremony of MaMUN 2016. Mr. Kobler will be interviewed for about 30 minutes by the Secretary General of MaMUN, asking him all kinds of questions concerning his career, his working environment, intercultural experiences and his private life. The floor will then be open for questions from the audience. The Guest talk will be open for anyone who is interested to come.
A grand total of twelve delegates of MUN Mannheim made their way through five countries all the way to Edinburgh to attend ScotMUN IX in early March. The premier Scottish MUN conference promised and delivered exciting debates, interesting solutions to unresolved issues and the famed ScotMUN socials. Delegates of MUN Mannheim were present in every ScotMUN committee except the ICJ the UNSC and due to an unfortunate illness, the UK General Election committee, with our former vice president Hannes Hahn chairing in the IMF. In these committees our Delegates discussed a wide array of issues ranging from the issue of female suicide bombers in UN Women to resolving water conflicts in DISEC. It was in this very committee, that our delegation member and University of Mannheim alumni Philipp Sander won best delegate as representative of Sweden.
Nine delegates of our society attended the 6th National MUN conference in Heidelberg from the 9th to the 10th of January. Consisting of three committees, SOCHUM, Security Council and European Council, the conference was small but certainly not less fun than the “big brothers” as regarding both the debates and the social on Saturday evening.
From 19th to 22nd of November 7 delegates of our society attended the MUN conference in Malmö, Sweden. The special occasion for this trip was the establishment of a new partnership agreement between the two of our MUN Conferences.
On November 6th, 30 delegates from MUN Mannheim departed from Mannheim to attend KaMUN conference in Karlsruhe. All delegates enjoyed the conference a lot, especially the majority of newcomers, for whom this Model UN conference was their first.
Low-level countries like Bangladesh, Cambodia and island states in the Pacific like Nauru, Kiribati, Vanuatu, Samoa, Fiji, Tonga as well as the Marshall Islands are the countries who will suffer most from the impacts of climate change. The rising sea level as well as severe weather events threaten people’s lives. The groundwater has already mixed with the seawater and therefore the drinking water supply is a problem already.
“I’ve come to your shores looking for refuge from the tyrannical torments of the Syrian regime.”
Amira stood on the third-level deck of a raggedy boat filled with roughly 550 other Syrian refugees drifting along the Mediterranean Sea. The vessel was vastly overcrowded; designed for no more than 200 people, almost triple the amount of weight was now burdening the creaky fleet chugging along the currents. Enormous waves were pounding the ship into submission – Amira had been sick for the entire duration of the trip; she curled up and held her stomach with both her hands.
Amid humanitarian catastrophes and a wide range of extraordinary events prompting compassionate and supra-political responses from nations of less destructive nature, certain European states have ultimately failed to live up to their responsibilities and properly aid those of lesser fortune.
Seven different Crisis Cabinets interacting in one big crisis scenario, affecting the region in Northern Africa; even for experienced MUNler this is a completely new experience and being the first associate chair of our societyI am proud to have chosen this years edition of the TAUMUN JCC for my 11th Conference.
Since the onset of the "Ukrainian crisis", Poland has been one of the Western countries defending the most drastic line against Moscow. Indeed, the Polish government is not ready to accept any compromise nor to loosen economic sanctions against Russia — even if they are damaging its own national economy — as long as the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine are not restored. The Polish president, Mr Andrzej Duda, even suggested on August 15, 2015, that the government of Poland be part of the Minsk II negotiations alongside Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France, arguing that Poland was one of the strongest European countries and had a common border with Ukraine. But this proposal was not endorsed by the Normandy format.
Russia considers the expansion of NATO since the end of the Cold War as a threat to her political and economical strengths. Indeed, in the view of many Russians, the maintaining of NATO in a post-Cold War era revealed the West's continued suspicion towards Russia: Russia was condemnable, for her political system differed from the Western ideal of democracy. Still, the West developed diplomatic relations with Russia, her being an unavoidable partner regarding the Middle East as well as for European gas supply, and in order to eventually face a growing China.
We are very proud to announce that four members of our board received the rare opportunity to participate in the Cambridge University International Model United Nations held at the renowned University of Cambridge from November 20th to 22nd.
Be excited about pictures and reports we will share with you here as well as on our Facebook page.
MUN Mannheim member Max Welz used his summer holidays to participate at BerlINMUN, which was held in german capital Berlin in the first week of August. He represented the delegate of Italy in the Council of the European Union which dealt with the topic „Mare Europaeum - The need for a cohesive european migration strategy“ discussing a reform of european asylum policy. As we all know, refugees are daily drowning in the Mediterranean during their attempt to reach Europe, so this issue urgently needs to be discussed in real politics as well.