Model United Nations: LMU-team among world’s best delegations
The National-Model-United-Nations-team (NMUN) of LMU Munich has received seven awards at this year’s conference, all of them outstanding, making it one of the most successful delegations at the world’s largest and most professional diplomacy simulation of the United Nations in New York City.
LMU Munich representing the State of Israel at NMUN 2019
The Project: Modelling the UN
In 2019, the project-seminar, which is part of LMU’s Geschwister-Scholl-Institute of Political Science, was proud to send a delegation representing the State of Israel to this year’s NMUN-conference, which took place from the 24th to the 28th of March. In this competitive simulation with almost 5.500 participating students from more than 400 different institutions, including renowned universities from all over the globe, the team was able to impress on the highest level – similar to the years before, when our delegation was awarded for its “outstanding” work representing Brazil (2018), India (2017), France (2016), Belarus (2015), China (2014), Qatar (2013), Russia (2011), and the UAE (2010).
Our Assignment: Israel
During the four-day conference, delegates held formal speeches, negotiated compromises, and drafted and passed resolutions – always bearing in mind the interests of our country assignment, the State of Israel . NMUN recognizes different kinds of awards: overall delegations’ performances during the simulation, position paper awards in each committee, and peer-awards based on individual delegates’ behavior. This year, our delegation was honored with seven “outstanding” awards, making it one of the conference’s best teams as well as the delegation with most awards from Germany. Our delegates received four outstanding “position paper” awards, two outstanding “delegates in committee” awards as well as the award for an overall “outstanding delegation”. Given the sometimes troublesome relationship between the UN and the State of Israel, this success is particularly noteworthy.
The main objective of NMUN is to deal openly and in an unbiased manner with the positions of other countries and cultures, to understand the complex nature of international affairs, and to understand and solve negotiations with professional sensitivity and diplomatic conduct. Delegations from LMU Munich have been participating at New York’s NMUN Conference since 1987.
The delegation of LMU held a meeting with diplomats Michael Baror and Noam Bar-Lev (Permanent Mission of Israel to the UN) at the German House in NYC.
Finally, let’s not forget NMUN 2020 is already in the planning! Hence, we have already started preparing for the year to come. If you’re a student at LMU Munich and interested in participating, you’re welcome to attend our information-meeting on June 12th (M118, HGB). Prospective delegates will have to pass an entry exam, which will be held on June 18th (M118, HGB), followed by an interview (details to follow).