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Tübingen Delegation to the NMUN 2008


Find more information on the work of the NMUN 2008 Tübingen Delegation in the final report.

In March of 2008, as in the spring of every year, the UN headquarters in New York will go from the business-as-usual bustle of professional diplomats, to an atmosphere of a slightly different nature - 4000 students coming from universities around the world will fill the halls, discuss current issues of international politics and attempt to solve these issues through the writing of Resolutions. These students will represent countries at the National Model United Nations conference, a simulation of the work of the United Nations that provides a unique experience for its participants. The Simulation offers the delegates the opportunity to gain an insight into the work of the United Nations as well as a deeper understanding of some of the great political challenges of our time.

Over the past 12 years, the Institute for Political Science at the University of Tübingen has been an active participant in NMUN. Each year the university selects a number of highly motivated students for this very realistic, very challenging simulation. Our delegates will go through an intensive and demanding program during the coming months, which consists, among other things, of weekly seminars, designed to explore the United Nations system, as well as extensive training necessary to becoming an active, dominant delegate at the UN conference. A number of test-simulations, as well as excursions to the permanent missions of various countries at the UN in Vienna and New York are also a significant part of the preparatory program.

Being a constructive contributing member at the NMUN conference involves more than the ability to imitate a diplomat. Equally important is a profound knowledge of the political position our designated country has towards the agenda topics of our various committees. This year the delegation of the University of Tübingen has the challenging task of representing the Republic of Sudan. A serious mandate, if one considers the explosive nature of the political situation in what is, geographically at least, the largest of the African states. Conflict in the Sudan has, both in the past and in more recent time, been at the centre of debate on the world stage. The 19 delegates representing Sudan must therefore deliver a carefully researched performance at the conference, reflecting accurately the political attitude of the country towards such issues as security, economics and human rights. Not an easy undertaking, especially considering the volatile nature of discussions and reports regarding the Sudan and its policies. In particular, the humanitarian catastrophe in Darfur and the continuing North-South conflict are issues that have ignited the morally charged debate surrounding the Sudan. In addition to this, it is the job of the delegates to raise the funds for a considerable portion of the project. Sponsorship is garnered through the delegate’s own activities, designed to place emphasis on the importance of contribution to this valuable experience. Creative fundraising activities not only prove the commitment of the participants to the cause, but also create a large amount of welcome publicity for the issues at stake.

We wish the delegates of the Eberhard-Karls University every success at NMUN 2008, and would like to thank the many permanent missions at the UN for their ample support, as well as the commitment, both financially and otherwise, of the various institutions, foundations and individuals who have supported the Tübingen delegation, both in the past and the present. Without their contribution, the project, whose significance clearly goes beyond that of academics, could not have been realised.

The NMUN Team 2008

Film on Tübingen Delegation's Success Airs Worldwide

Film produced by Deutsche Welle
about Tübingen NMUN Delegation 2007
(in German)
Larger Video

At the 2007 NMUN (March 20-24, 2007) twenty-four participants from the University of Tübingen had the honour of representing the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. In addition, two delegates from Tübingen represented France in the Security Council.

All delegates had the chance to get unique insights into the workings of the United Nations and came home knowing they participated in a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience. One of the highlights was the closing ceremony, which took place in the Great Hall of the UN General Assembly. At that ceremony, the Tübingen Delegation was commended for their position papers and received an "Outstanding Position Papers Award".

In addition to the extensive press coverage the delegation received both from Germany and abroad, the German international TV station Deutsche Welle produced a film about the Tübingen delegates at NMUN. It aired worldwide on DW-TV on 25 March and can be viewed here (in German), along with more press reports.

Exceptional Eleven-Year History

The 2007 conference was the 11th consecutive year that a delegation from the University of Tübingen participated in the NMUN simulation. So far, delegations from Tübingen represented Kamerun and Brunei Darussalam (1997), Austria (1998), Germany (1999), Antigua & Barbuda and Burundi (2000), the Russian Federation (2001), Mexico (2002), France (2003), India (2004), the United States of America (2005), Sweden (2006), Pakistan (2007), and Sudan (2008) (more...).


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