In mid-April of 2012, 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 - 5000 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 15 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.
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 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.
If you want to read more about our delegation and the NMUN project 2012, have a look at the brochure of the delegation 2012 .
The NMUN Team 2012
The 2012 conference is the 16th consecutive year that a delegation from the University of Tübingen participates 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), Sudan (2008), Saudi Arabia (2009), Japan (2010) and Argentina (2011). (more...).