Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg



Model United Nations Simulation 2018

Finally, for the first time, a simulation of the United Nations or to be more precise the United Nations Security Council was carried out at Otto-von-Guericke University. During such simulation, students have to take over the role of diplomats who represent a state to debate global political issues, negotiate compromises and pass resolutions. The simulation of the Otto-von-Guericke University took place from 25 to 27 May in the framework of the seminar "Model United Nations Simulation". To be well prepared for the upcoming simulation, the students attended the seminar and learnt about the formation, development, structure and functioning of the United Nations and its various bodies as well as how to write a position paper. The topic that the students or delegates had to work on was the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian Question.

Before the actual simulation could start, each student was assigned a role, which s/he had to represent in the Security Council according to the countries interests. From this point on, it is important to deal with the assigned country and to find all the information concerning the Middle East conflict and Palestine because in order to write a good position paper you have to distance yourself from your own opinion and start thinking like a delegate of the country. There will often be moments in which one does not agree with the opinion of the country; however, arguing with a contrary opinion is what make the simulations interesting. The position papers usually end with an action plan in which each country tries to improve the current situation or resolve conflicts. Here, the students can prove their creativity. The students have no limits. Be it a hashtag, a conference or a peacekeeping operation. The students from the seminar had different ideas and tried to sell them well during the simulation.

To familiarize the students with the Rules of Procedure of a simulation, a Mock-MUN was carried out beforehand. It is a kind of rehearsal MUN, so that the delegates could try out the Rules of Procedure before the real simulation starts. Topic of the Mock-MUN was: “Is Voldemort a villain or a misunderstood hero?” From Hermione Granger toBellatrix Lestrange, everyone was represented. Even if the students were well prepared for the simulation, it probably remained their first simulation, which increased their nervousness before the simulation. However, the nervousness quickly subsided after the delegates gave their first speech.

After the rather funny Mock-MUN, however, it became serious for the delegates. After the first hammer blow by the president, who is in charge of the simulation, the students automatically slipped into the role of their assigned country and the nervousness came back. The delegates were led through the simulation by a chair, consisting of their lecturers and a former MadMUN delegate (see picture). The chair has made sure that all delegates follow the rules.

First on the list of speakers: Russia. With the first speech, heated discussions, the formation of coalitions and the drafting of working papers in informal sessions began. These were exhausting but also very exciting days for the students, because now they not only had to show the opinion of their country in the position paper but had to represent it in front of the whole plenary. Moreover, the delegates were confronted with different perspectives and ideas to solve the conflict, but of course everyone tries to contribute their own ideas. It becomes clear, that negotiating between countries is not easy. It requires sensitivity and precise ideas. The highlight of the simulation was the appearance of a delegate from Iran (a MadMUN student), who was troubling the Security Council with plans to attack Israel. Later on, the Council invited a member of the Palestinian delegation to answer their questions. A former MadMUN student happily took over the role of that delegate.

At the end of the three days, the Security Council had three draft resolutions on the table that had to be voted on. Even if two of them were vetoed by countries like the USA and Russia, one draft resolution was unanimously adopted by the Security Council. The simulation ended when a delegate brought in a motion for the adjournment of the meeting. Just as a hammer blow opened the simulation, a hammer blow by the president ended the simulation. A relief was noticeable as the tension of the last three days had suddenly disappeared and people no longer addressed themselves with "delegation of", but again with their real names.


Even though the days were quite exhausting, the simulation paid off for all students. Through the simulations, the participants developed an appreciation of differing viewpoints, experienced the difficulty of negotiation, broadened their world view, and discovered the importance of human interaction in international relations and diplomacy. The students themselves gave mostly positive feedback and suggestions for improvement next year. All delegates would attend the seminar again.

Are you interested? Then attend the next seminar.

You're afraid that your English won't be good enough? Don't worry about it! The seminar should also help you to improve your English skills, especially by holding speeches.

We look forward to seeing you!

Letzte Änderung: 22.06.2018 - Ansprechpartner: Webmaster
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