2015

Siegmun 2015 at the university of siegen

Als vom 25. Bis 29. November zum sechsten Mal die Siegen Model United Nations (kurz SiegMUN) stattfand, war unter den 180 teilnehmenden SchülerInnen und Studierenden auch dieses mal eine große Delegation der Universität Paderborn mit dabei. Vier Tage lang diskutierten, debattierten und verhandelten die Delegierten in vier Komitees mitunterschiedlichen Themenschwerpunkten. Zu den diesjährigen vertretenen Komitees gehörten die NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation), das UNHRC (United Nations Human Rights Council), der UNICEF (United Nations International Children’s Fund) und die UNASUR (Union de Naciones Suramericanas), wo erstmalig ausschließlich auf Spanisch diskutiert wurde. Außerdem gab es ein studentisches Presseteam, „UN Press Corp”, das die Medien repräsentierte.

Eröffnet wurde SiegMUN 2015 durch eine offizielle Zeremonie im Siegener Rathaus, bei der Siegens Bürgermeister Steffen Mues (CDU) die Teilnehmenden aus aller Welt mit einer Rede willkommen hieß. Dabei unterstrich er die Wichtigkeit globalen Denkens und gemeinschaftlichen Handelns in unserer heutigen Zeit und begrüßte das aktive politische Engagement der vielen jungen Delegierten.

Die einzelnen Diskussionsrunden wurden von den „Chairs“ geleitet und maßgeblich durch die Delegierten, die jeweils die Interessen „ihres“ Landes vertraten, gestaltet. Dazu gehörten sowohl die offiziellen Teile, während derer die einzelnen Delegierten vor ihrem versammelten Komitee sprechen durften, als auch nicht moderierte Arbeitszeiten, die zu informellen Diskussionen und Verhandlungen unter den Delegierten genutzt werden konnten. Am Ende eines spannenden und teilweise auch anstrengenden Debattier-Marathons standen in jedem Komitee schließlich konkrete Gesetzesentwürfe, auf die sie sich hatten einigen können.

Damit die Delegierten, Chairs und die fleißigen Helfer im Hintergrund die Gelegenheit bekamen sich gegenseitig und auch die Stadt Siegen besser kennenzulernen, hatten sich die Organisatoren ein buntes Rahmenprogramm einfallen lassen. Zu den Höhepunkten gehörte ein Bowling-Abend als Einstieg und der „Delegate Dance“ im Picknicker als krönender Abschluss. Es wurde viel gegessen, getanzt und gelacht – und selbst in dieser offenen Atmosphäre wurde weiter angeregt über weltliche Themen diskutiert.

Im Rahmen der Abschlusszeremonie wurde zu guter Letzt unter anderem auch ein Paderborner Student als „Best Delegate“ für seine gelungene Vertretung der Russischen Föderation im Komitee UNICEF ausgezeichnet. Alle Delegierten hatten innerhalb ihrer Komitees über die Vergabe dieses Titels abgestimmt.

So fuhr die Delegation der Universität Paderborn schließlich stolz und erschöpft zurück und bereitet sich nun bereits sowohl auf die anstehende eigene Konferenz als auch auf die große Model United Nations in New York im Jahr 2016 vor.

NYMUN

As the 9th delegation that was representing the University of Paderborn at the NYMUN we were all very nervous arriving in the Sheraton hotel on the day the conference was going to start.The opening ceremony already showed what the week ahead would be like. The chairs of the conference gave a very impressive speech on what was to expect from the conference but also from us slipping into the role of a delegate. They opening ceremony was held in front of around 4,000 students from across the world.After the ceremony we had our first session in our respected committees. During this session the order of topics was discussed and was then decided upon. The speeches that were held to give an insight to a respected topic which was important for the country but also to convince other delegations to vouch for this topic. In the evening the topics were voted on and the first session ended.The second day started with delegates given speeches about the chosen topic. The contexts of the speeches varied from programs that the countries have undertaken but also about future projects that the countries where striving to bring to life with the help of others. Midway through the second day groups of countries had come together to work on ideas that would benefit everyone in the future. The day ended with each respected group having laid the framework for thinking of resolutions that would help deal with the topic at hand.Day three was the filled with writing and rewriting resolutions and getting other countries to be a signature for your respected paper. A lot of conversation and convincing was done on this day. This being the longest day during the conference most of us were happy when the day ended and we were able to go back to our rooms for some well deserved rest.The last day is also known as the voting day. This is were in the committees everyone votes on the draft resolutions that have been approved by the chair. After the voting ended the chair gave some kind words to the committees. After closing the last session for the conference the delegates got ready for the delegates dance in the evening.All in all it was an amazing experience for all those who took part. We would like to thank Denise M. Parkinson for giving us the chance to take part in the conference.But do not forget for next years NYMUN we will be sending a delegation as well maybe then you will be the one representing the University of Paderborn.

PREPMUN 2015 AT THE UNIVERSITY OF PADERBORN

On the 9th and 10th of January 2015 the Model United Nation Group of Paderborn hosted a Preparation-MUN (PrepMUN). This MUN was held to help the delegation of Paderborn and Siegen that are travelling to America to gain some more experience for the National MUN in New York. Over these two days most of the delegates of Paderborn also hosted one or more students from Siegen at their homes. Therefore, on the evening of the 8th January some of the Paderborn students already picked up their guests from Siegen at the train station. The first day, Friday the 9th, started out with debating about the topic which should be discussed first during the two days of conference. The majority decided that the topic we would begin with should be “Food Security in Developing Countries”. Finding delegates who have the same interests and ideas and the group building process took long due to it being a topic which can be widely discussed. At the end of the first day three large groups had formed and they had started to discuss how they wanted to tackle the problems at hand. In the evening we had organized for every delegate to come down to the bowling alley in Paderborn and throw some balls. It was a fun time for everyone. The second day the groups sat down again and continued to work on their respective resolutions. At four in the afternoon there were two resolutions on the floor. Due to time constraints we skipped the process of explaining the resolutions in detail which is normally something that has to be done every time. We went into voting procedure and both resolutions passed which was a great success for everyone who took part in the conference. Unfortunately, we couldn’t start discussing about our second topic “The Social Position of Women” and only heard a few first speeches about that, because there was not enough time left. In the evening we had organized to meet everyone who was still in Paderborn for an evening meal in a restaurant. We reflected on the two day conference and got to know the people better from the other delegation. Overall the PrepMUN conference was very important for the delegates travelling to the US to build up their confidence. We now feel well prepared and New York can come.

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