The Tuebingen NMUN Delegation 2009 was able to carry on the very successful history of Tuebingen at NMUN and came back to Germany fourfold decorated. Both the position papers and the performance of the whole delegation in New York as representants of Saudi Arabia were granted awards. Moreover, delegates from Tuebingen were honored as "Outstanding Delegates" in two committees.
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In April of 2009, 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 13 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 Geneva 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 Saudi Arabia.
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 2009, 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 2009
The 2008 conference was the 12th 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). In 2009 the delegation from the University of Tübingen will be representing Saudi Arabia. (more...).