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Content-­‐ WiesMUN  Session  Magazine     Introduction:   • Opening  Ceremony-­‐  a  great  success       • Interview:  Behind  the  Scenes  of  WiesMUN  

 

 

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Committee specialised  topics:   • Security  Council               • Review  SOCHUM  7./8.  May             • Committee  on  Environment,  Health  and  Development       • Asylum  is  a  human  right            

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Leisure time  Program:   • Committee  Dinner               • The  federal  state  parliament  of  Hesse       • Guided  tour  through  the  state  theatre  of  Hesse     • Bowling/  City  Tour:  Wiesbaden's  Jewish  Community  

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General Assembly:   • The  journalists  at  WiesMUN           • How  to  be  a  delegate-­‐  Diplomacy             • Interview  Argentina-­‐  General  Assembly         • Farewell  Party               • Critical  questions,  critical  voices-­‐  Model  United  Nations    

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Close up:   • Delegate  Awards   • WiesMUN  letters   • Media  Team    

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Hey guys,

Last time we all saw each other was about two weeks ago! Now finally, the Session Magazine is published even though you will not get the chance to literally hold it in your own hands. ;) With the Session Magazine we want to present you a souvenir booklet, in which you can find pictures and articles about all the events that took place during WiesMUN 2014! Besides reflecting our great time, we also want to thank you for making this possible!

               

Therefore, make yourself some tea, lean back and let the Post WiesMUN Depression recover! :)                            

Your Media Team

 

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The Opening  Ceremony  –  a  great  success   On  Wednesday  the  delegates  of  the  second  MUN  conference  in  Wiesbaden   (WiesMUN)  arrived.  They  were  either  picked  up  at  the  central  station  or   made  the  way  to  the  Elly-­‐Heuss-­‐School  by  themselves,  where  the  opening   ceremony  took  place.   Firstly  Mrs.  Becker  and  her  wind  instrument  ensemble  performed  a  few   pieces.  Leonard  then  opened  the  session  with  a  few  words  continuing  by   passing  the  microphone  on  to  Sven  Gerich,  Wiesbaden’s  Major.  He   welcomed  all  delegates,  chairs  and  journalists  to  the  city,  wished  them  a   great  week  with  lots  of  new  experiences  and  expressed  his  affinity  for   young  people  participating  in  politics.  After  Lena,  head  organizer,  had   welcomed  all  delegates  as  well  by  giving  a  funny,  informative  speech, Dr. Klaus Roscher, a  professor  of  the  University  of  Frankfurt  introduced  us   briefly  to  possible  problems  of  the  UN.   One  of  the  highlights  of  the  ceremony  was Mira Seyfettinoglu’s  performance   of  two  songs  written  on  her  own  and  a  cover  of  ‘Royals’  by  Lorde  with  her   friend  Sarah.  The  whole  audience  was  amazed  by  their  beautiful  voices.   Afterwards  Lena  started  a  soo called  Mocko Debate  about  the  conflict   between  Russia  and  the  Ukraine  to  make  the  delegates  feel  more   comfortable  when  they’ll  talk  in  front  of  the  committees  about  their   country’s  issues.   After  the  ceremony  Lennart  played  some  introduction  games  with  the   delegates  while  the  other  organizers  prepared  the  barbecue.  The   participants  were  introduced  to  their  chairs  and  spent  half  an  hour  in  their   committees  and  got  to  know  each  other  better.   The  dinner  offered  various  kinds  of  sausages,  to  also  provide  the   vegetarians  with  a  delicious  meal,  bread,  cheese  and  a  few  salads.   Afterwards  the  delegates  from  abroad  or  other  parts  of  Germany  moved   in  with  their  host  families  and  spent  the  rest  of  the  evening  together.   We’re  looking  forward  to  get  to  know  every  single  one  of  you  the  next   days!   4  


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Behind the scenes of WiesMUN 2014 After two exhausting days Jona was finally available for a short interview. The 19-year old head organizer of this year’s MUN conference in Wiesbaden has recently written her Alevels at the Gutenbergschule and is politically encouraged. Interviewer: Hello, I’ve got a few questions I wanted to ask you. Firstly, how did you get involved in the organizations of WiesMUN? Jona: Through personal connection. I’m a friend of Lena and Leo, who introduced Model United Nations in Wiesbaden. We got in contact via JuSos and then they invited me to their first VzpP session. When they asked me to help planning the project, I didn’t hesitate to say yes. Interviewer: Which things did you have to concentrate on when organizing WiesMUN? Jona: I wasn’t really involved in the thematic organization of the project although I’m really interested in the topic. My task was to find sponsors, which finance the project. That’s why it’s free for our delegates to participate. Interviewer: What do you like most about WiesMUN? Jona: Definitely the people. Without them we wouldn’t be here. Interviewer: From your point of view, what’s the memory that will remain in the heads of the participants? What is special about WiesMUN? Jona: That’s a tough question. I think the special thing about WiesMUN is that it’s organized by students only. No adults are interfering. It’s done by students and for students. Interviewer: What’s your wish for the future concerning the project? Jona: I hope that somebody will continue organizing WiesMUN after we’ve all graduated. The concept that students plan a MUN for students is quite unique so we’ll hopefully be able to recruit younger people that are interested to keep WiesMUN alive. Interviewer: How will you find those students? Jona: Our social network through the students parliament is quite big. Also, we’ve some young people in our organizer-team that will probably do the job for us, as they’ll be here a little longer than we will and then they’ll pass the job on to younger students again. Like a circle. Interviewer: Thank you very much for your time.

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Security Council-­‐   1st  Day   After  the  successful  opening   ceremony,  the  delegates  had  their  first   getting-­‐together  in  their  chosen   committees.  Lena,  the  Secretary-­‐ General,  took  over  Omar’s  part  since   he  was  absent  for  the  first  day.   Therefore  Lena  shortly  explained  the   following  steps  to  the  delegates  and   then  transferred  the  focus  to  the   Security  Council-­‐delegates  and  asked   for  their  names,  their  country  of  origin   and  their  expectations  for  the   following  next  days.     Moreover,  most  delegates  announced  that  there  are  no  specific  expectations  but  hope  to  have  a  great   time,  explore  Wiesbaden,  learn  about  new  things  and  meet  new  people.     The  Security  Council  Committee  is  one  of  the  groups  with  the  highest  amount  of  international   participants:  there  are  5  international  delegates,  which  come  from  Serbia,  Rumania,  Spain  and   Sweden.     For  the  sake  of  team  building  the  group  decided  to  play  ‘Who  Am  I’  in  Country-­‐Style.  Each  delegate   was  given  a  chosen  country  and  they  were  supposed  to  guess  which  country  they  represent  by  the  use   of  clever  questions.  The  group  had  some  funny  moments  when  tricky  questions  such  as  “Is  my   country  on  the  northern  hemisphere?”  or  “Is  Slovenia  in  the  EU?”  were  asked  and  everyone  seemed  to   have  their  own  opinion  about  the  answer.  Some  delegates  had  smart  strategies  and  others  had  ‘brain   freezes’!  After  every  country  was  exposed,  the  barbeque  was  ready  and  the  delegates  had  their  well-­‐ deserved  dinner.  

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Review: SOCHUM  07./08.  05.2014   On  Wednesday  afternoon,  7th  May  2014,  the  participants  of  WiesMUN  met  for  the  first  time  in   the  Elly-­‐Heuss-­‐School  in  Wiesbaden.  After  some  speeches  and  performances  the  students  got   to  know  each  other  by  playing  games.   The  first  day  of  the  session,  8th  May  2014,  in  the  Social,  Cultural  and  Humanitarian  Committee   (SOCHUM)  started  with  an  introduction  into  the  set  of  rules  explained  by  the  chairs  Jana  and   Tobias.  The  Committee  consists  of  two  chairs  and  six  delegates,  that  represent  different   nations:  Daniel  -­‐  Sri  Lanka,  Mirijam  -­‐  New  Zealand,  Jakob  -­‐  Canada,  Anne  -­‐  Spain,  Isabell  -­‐   Democratic  Republic  of  Congo,  Matthias  -­‐  Brazil.  The  delegates  have  to  address  each  other  with  respect  during  the  discussions  for  example   by  calling  them  “Honourable  fellow  delegate/  Honourable  delegate  of  …”  and  by  addressing  the  chairs  with  “Distinguished  Chair/   Distinguished  Mr./Madam  President”.   During  the  sessions  the  delegates  will  work  on  the  task  of  protecting  the  planet  and  promoting  prosperity  by  having  a  look  on  the  poverty   in  the  world,  which  has  to  be  solved.  The  discussions  will  contain  some  votes  on  substantial  questions,  on  which  the  delegates  can  decide  to   participate  or  to  abstain.  If  a  delegate  wants  to  abstain  he  has  to  say  that  he  is  just  “present”,  if  he  wants  to  vote  with  “yes”  or  “no”  he  has  to   say  that  he  is  “present  and  voting”.   In  the  beginning  of  the  first  discussion  every  nation  presented  its  point  of  view  of  the  worldwide  problem  of  poverty  and  its  largeness  in   each  different  country.  The  delegate  of  the  Democratic  Republic  of  Congo  claimed  that  poverty  is  a  huge  problem  in  this  country  compared   to  Europe.   After  lunch  the  delegates  got  back  in  their  committees.  A  big  topic  in  the  SOCHUM  is  the   question  of  help,  especially  financial  help,  from  richer  to  poorer  nations.   The  discussion  was  very  inspiring  because  everyone  contributed  or  criticized  something.   If  one  wanted  to  criticize  the  argument  that  was  just  said,  he  had  to  the  chairs  ask  for  a   direct  response  by  saying  “The  delegation  of  …  moves  for  the  right  of  reply”.  This   sometimes  led  to  a  little  desperation  because  the  Chairs  did  not  always  accept  the   demands  of  the  delegates.   At  the  end  of  the  first  day  one  could  already  observe  the  building  of  two  alliances:  Congo,   Brazil  and  Sri  Lanka  against  Canada,  Spain  and  New  Zealand,  which  were  described  by   the  delegate  of  Congo,  Isabell,  as  “feeling  superior”  to  the  others.   This  critical  statement  describes  a  gap  between  the  rich  and  the  poor  nations  in  the   committee  and  already  foreshadows  a  conflict  to  come.     9  


Committee on Environment, Health and Development Interviewer: Honourable delegate of Mali, I would like to ask you further questions on the on-going conflict revolving around the region of Azad Kashmir, which we have just now discussed in the Committee for Environment, Health, and Development. In order to quickly end this crisis, what solution would you favour? Do you think that Pakistan and India are capable of solving this problem with joined forces or will UN help be necessary? Delegate: I think that India and Pakistan are incapable of dealing with the rebellion because neither of them is impartial. However, clearly siding with one of the parties of the conflict might shed bad light on the UN. Interviewer: What are your propositions for UN intervention? Delegate: In my opinion, the separatists are trying to provoke a military conflict, so we should avoid this at all costs. Since they have occupied nuclear weapon storage, a Blue Beret operation is out of the question. I believe that denying the rebels the possibility to negotiate and isolating them from the international community might make them surrender. The best thing to do would thus be to wait it out. Interviewer: How can this measure be reconciled with the protection of the innocent Kashmiri civilians and the avoidance of casualties? Delegate: There is a huge difference between helping the civilians and cooperating with the secessionists. If we guarantee humanitarian help to the rebels, there will be no positive reaction; we cannot be sure whether they will surrender. Therefore, I believe we must provide a possibility for the population of Azad Kashmir to access humanitarian help easily and directly without subjecting ourselves to further demands of the rebels. Interviewer: Thank you very much.

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Asylum is  a  human  right   The   delegation   of   Syria   stated,   during   the   second   meeting   of   the   Human   Right   Committee,   that   one   has   to   choose   between   the   right   to   live,   which   implicates   the   right  of  asylum,  and  the  right  of  education.  The  delegate  of  Vietnam  refused  to  admit   more  refugees  because  they  want  to  spend  more  money  in  their  education  system,   instead  of  the  admission  of  more  asylum-­‐seekers.   According  to  the  delegation  of  Jordan,  Syria  is  acting  like  they  are  offering  a  home  to   every  asylum-­‐seeker,  but  most  of  the  asylum-­‐seekers  are  coming  from  Syria.     It   is   true   that   Jordan   has   the   highest   ratio   of   refugees   in   the   world.   Especially   from   Syria   and   Palestine   Jordan   is   taking   many   refugees.  But  the  delegate  goes  even  further  and  proclaims  that  Syria  is  blaming  other  countries  for  their  problems  to  distract   from  their  own  conflicts  concerning  home  affairs.     Jordan  holds  a  very  clear,  sometimes  aggressive  opinion  concerning  this  topic,  as  we  can  see   as  Jordan´s  delegation  replies  to  Italy´s  statement  about  taking  in  asylum-­‐seekers  into  their   country.   Italy   has   a   very   stable   and   secure   system   and   can   afford   to   take   in   even   more   refugees   as   they   are   already   taking   in   at   the   moment.   This   is   the   official   opinion,   held   by   Vietnam´s  and  Jordan´s  delegation.     But  again  Jordan´s  delegation  adds  insult  to  injury  and  reproaches  Italy  for  violating  human   rights.   Additionally   according   to   the   Jordan   delegate   the   willingness   to   host   refugees   is   much   bigger  in  Jordan  than  in  Italy,  even  though  the  Italian  infrastructure  is  way  better.     The  delegate  criticizes  the  ”push-­‐back  policy”  of  Italy,  which  was  implemented  on  6th  of  May   in  2009.     But   also   Jordan   has   sent   a   considerable   number   of   refugees   back   to   their   native   countries.   The  country  of  Jordan  is  not  as  exemplary  as  they  claim  to  be.  Jordan´s  capacities  of  hosting   refugees   are   close   to   the   limit   claims   the   delegate   and   simultaneously   tries   to   justify   his   exposition.  

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Committee Dinner  08.05.2014   After  the  delegates  and  the  chairs  of  the  four  committees  had   come  together  and  started  their  first  formal  debate,  they   represented  their  delegations’  opinions  on  certain  topics  and   had  the  chance  to  talk  about  the  problems  they  are  facing  in   their  countries.   Due  to  the  fact  that  the  debate  was  finished  at  4  o’  clock  and   dinner  should  take  place  two  hours  later,  many  delegates  and   chairs  wanted  to  spend  the  break  together  by  playing   different  games  and  although  every  committee  should  meet   in  a  different  restaurant,  they  chose  to  have  dinner  as  a   “group”  in  order  to  get  to  know  each  other  better.     So  they  went  to  a  Turkish  restaurant  called  “Harput”  which   was  especially  an  especially  enjoyable  experience  for  the   participants  from  abroad  because  they  could  try  new  dishes   and  caught  a  short  glimpse  of  a  different  and  maybe   unknown  culture.    In  the  pleasant  atmosphere,  they  enjoyed   the  food  and  traditional  teas.  All  in  all,  it  was  an  interesting   day  and  a  good  experience  to  remember.      

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The federal  state  parliament  of  Hesse     In  the  year  1840,  when  the  Duke  Wilhelm  of  Nassau  chose  Wiesbaden  as  his  domicile,  he   decided  to  have  built  a  palace  that  was  worthy  of  him.  From  the  outside  it  should  keep  the   appearance  of  a  plain  residence,  so  that  the  inhabitants  had  no  reason  to  become  suspicious   but  from  the  inside  it  looked  as  spectacular  and  breath  taking  as  you  would  have  imagined  a   Duke's  home  who  had  no  problem  with  being  wasteful  or  spending  taxes.     In  guided  tours,  visitors  get  the  chance  to  see  the  inside  of  the  building  that  was  chosen  as   the  seat  of  the  federal  state  and  the  regional  parliament  of  Hesse  in  the  year  1946.  In   particular,  what  makes  this  building  such  a  tourist  attraction  are  the  old  rooms  that  survived   the  two  world  wars  and  still  look  like  the  Duke  would  had  never  left  them.     The  group  of  five  people  was  accompanied  by  Lena  and  together  they  listened  to  a  few   interesting  facts  and  background-­‐information,  saw  all  the  important  rooms  and  at  the  end,   they  were  also  able  to  talk  to  a  politician  from  the  SPD  and  to  get  some  of  their  questions   answered!   The  tour  started  in  front  of  the  parliament  where  the  friendly  guide  told  them  something   about  the  architecture  and  showed  them  examples  for  the  different  eras  of  art  and  how  they   influenced  Wiesbaden  as  a  city.  After  seeing  the  conference  room  where  discussions  about   important  decisions  take  place,  they  were  taken  to  the  ''old  part''  of  the  building  and  the  guide  warned  them  that  they  would  feel   like  standing  between  two  different  worlds  that  seem  to  be  ages  apart  and,  he  was  right.     The  newer  rooms  are  all  white  and  equipped  with  the  latest  technology  while  the  Duke's  taste  was  a  bit  more  extravagant  and   special:  Every  room  was  decorated  in  another  theme  and  everything,  from  the  sofa  covers  to  the  paintings  on  the  wall  and  even   the  floor  had  to  fit  with  the  rest  of  the  elements!   There  was  a  yellow,  a  blue  and  a  red  room,  a  huge  hall  with  beautifully  painted  walls  and  big  mirrors  which  was  pure  luxury,     and  who  was  not  yet  convinced  of  the  need  to  brag  with  their  wealth  the  people  at  this  time  felt,  was  after  seeing  the  chandelier,   made  of  10.000  pieces!   At  the  end  of  the  tour,  they  were  given  the  opportunity  to  talk  to  a  real  politician  from  the  SPD  and  to  discuss  about  current   topics  or  decisions  that  were  made  in  the  past.  All  in  all,  one  could  say  that  there  was  something  for  everybody  and  that  this  was   a  day  to  remember.    

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Guided tour  through  the  state  theatre  of  Hesse   On  Friday  the  delegates  were  able  to  choose  their  after-­‐committee-­‐work  activity  and  one  of  these  activities  was  a   guided  tour  through  the  state  theatre  of  Hesse.     The  tour  began  with  workshops  of  the  theatre  where  the  whole  equipment  for  the  plays  is  produced.  Especially   the  so-­‐called  ‘Malersaal’  where  backgrounds  are  painted  was  really  interesting.  Beautiful  pictures  in  unimaginable   sizes  hung  on  the  walls  and  they  even  have  their  own  elevator  for  the  paintings.  They  also  have  a  wood  workshop,   a  steal  studio  and  a  costume  shop.     Afterwards  we  went  backstage  and  were  all  really  impressed  by  the  dimensions  of  the  side  stage  which  mostly   serves  as  storage  space  or  can  be  elevated  and  driven  to  the  front  stage  to  enable  fast  scene  changes.  At  the   moment  the  Burgtheater  from  Vienna  is  performing  in  the  state  theatre  because  of  the  Maifestspiele,  which  is  a   festival  that  takes  place  annually  in  May.     The  biggest  of  the  four  venues  of  the  theatre  (of  which  we  visited  only  2  because  the  others  are  located  out  of  the   theatre)  has  about  1041  seats  and  is  very  pretentious.  On  the  ceiling  are  beautiful  paintings,  which  tell  the  story  of   the  ‘muse  of  the  theatre’.  Also,  there  can  be  found  portraits  of  famous  composers.       We  finished  the  tour  in  the  lobby  that  has  originally  been  built  for  Wilhelm  II.  The  guide  explained  to  us  that  the   emperor  loved  visiting  Wiesbaden  because  of  its  hot  springs  and  that  the  foyer  was  only  constructed  for  him  and   his  family  and  friends  that  travelled  with  him.  Today  it’s  not  used  as  an  entrance  any  more  but  offers  the  guests  of   the  theatre  the  possibility  to  have  a  drink  in  the  breaks.   All  in  all  it  was  a  really  interesting  tour  and  we  were  all     happy  that  we’ve  had  the  possibility  to  be  there.   Info  Box   Within  one  season,  about  30  dramas,  ballets  or  operas  are   produced  so  they  only  have  two  weeks  to  prepare  and     rehearse  one  piece.  Sometimes  the  actors  are  busy     rehearsing  3-­‐4  pieces  at  once.    

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Bowling

     City  Tour-­‐  Following  the  Footsteps  o          Wiesbaden's  Jewish  Community  

After the  committee  work  had  finished  on  Friday  all   delegates  played  some  games  together,  which  might   have  been  very  embarrassing.  Afterwards  there  were   planed  different  activities  for  the  delegates,  which   they  had  already  chosen  in  advance.  Those  who  have   decided  to  go  bowling  met  at  the  city-­‐bowling  center.   After  we  have  arrived  a  little  late  we  have  played  two   games  on  two  tracks.  As  expected,  the  guys  were   obviously  better  than  almost  all  girls.  Nevertheless   everyone  had  a  lot  of  fun,  especially  when  the   mechanism  of  the  bowling  alley  did  not  work  and  one   of  the  delegates  tried  to  make  it  work  again.  All  in  all   it  was  a  great  afternoon.  

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The journalists  at  WiesMUN   A  journalist’s  task  is  it  to  listen  and  watch  carefully,  document  precisely  and  question  critically.   And  to  learn  all  these  skills  we  visited  a  journalist  workshop  held  by  a  professional  journalist  of   one  of  the  most  influential  newspapers  in  Wiesbaden.  He  gave  us  a  short  orientation  about  the   most  important  key-­‐aspects  to  write  an  article.  After  our  Introduction  into  journalism  we  were  9   freshly  baked  journalists  ready  to  take  up  new  advantages.     We  started  interviewing  the  delegates  from  abroad,  writing  breaking  news  concerning  the  India-­‐Pakistan  conflict  and  worked   our  ways  into  the  committees.  Through  that  we  got  a  quick  overview  over  the  whole  session  and  even  though  it  was  our  first  day   as  a  journalist  ever  we  survived  it.   Beside  the  task  to  document  the  interesting  course  of  action  of  the  WiesMUN  conference,  we  also  got  involved  into  some   organisation.  This  was  another  advantage  of  being  a  journalist,  because  we  had  the  chance  to  look  behind  all  scenes.     We  had  the  chance  to  see  how  the  organisation  team  worked,  the  delegates  discussed  and  the  chairs  lead,  which  in  a  nutshell   created  the  great  time.     The  much  longed-­‐for  General  Assembly  carried  a  few  new  tasks  with  it.  We  were  asked  to  take  pictures  and  to  summarize  the   outstanding  proceedings  of  the  thrilling  discussion  between  the  different  fractions.  But  the  most  important  task,  standing  above   everything  we  have  done  so  far  (!!!)  was  to  assume  the  responsible  role  to  function  as  a  carrier  pigeon.  It  was  essential  to  keep   the  communication  between  the  single  delegations  going.  In  order  to  enable  this,  the  journalists  kept  running  between  the  seats   and  deliver  the  quick  scribbled  but  genius  notes.  Luckily,  most  of  the  time  the  notes  reached  the  right  delegation...   During  the  time  with  WiesMUN  we  got  a  valuable  insight  of  the  life  as  a  journalist,  which  can  be  really  stressful.  But  we  loved   taking  photos,  observing  the  whole  GA  from  a  neutral  point  of  view,  putting  our  ideas  down  on  paper,  grilling  the  delegates  about   their  opinions  and  designing  newspapers.  All  these  aspects  made  the  stress  definitely  worth  it!  

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HOW TO  BE  A  DELEGATE:   -­‐A  step-­‐by-­‐step  guide-­‐   1)    Be  a  proud  owner  of  a  suit     2)    Personality  disorders  are  a  must  have:    See  yourself  as  a  third   person.     3)    Brains  are  overrated.  Memorize  all  Wikipedia  articles  by   heart  in  order  to    appear  as  the  Omniscient.     4)    Always  complain  about  the  coffee.     5)    Convulsions!  Your  speeches  will  not  be  taken  seriously   without  the  use  of    hand  gestures.     6)    NEVER.  Never  show  doubts.  You  know  everything,  even  if  you   do  not.     7)    Increase  your  sound  intensity  while  talking  and  the  others   will  not  contradict.     8)    Write  as  much  information  papers  as  possible  to  other   delegates,  in  order  to    keep  the  journalists  busy  at  the  GA!     9)    Get  yourself  a  stopwatch.  You  are  not  allowed  to  talk  more   than  92,73  seconds!     10)  As  you  can  see,  we  are  not  asking  for  much.  So  last  but  not   least,  do  not  take  everything  too  serious  and  enjoy  yourself!      

                                                                     

Info Box:  Diplomacy   The  term  diplomacy,  originally  derived  from   the  word  diplano,  basically  refers  to  the   conduct  by  the  government  of  negotiations  as   well  as  international  relations  through  the   intercession  of  diplomats  with  regards  to   issues  such  as  peace-­‐making,  trade,   economics,  culture,  human  rights,   environment  as  well  as  war.  Furthermore,  the   representatives  are  usually  epitomized  by   national  politicians.  Hence,  diplomacy  can  be   defined  as  a  peaceful  instrument  of  Foreign   Policy,  utilized  in  order  to  achieve  certain   aims  that  are  considered  to  be  vital  to  a  state.   Therefore  it  is  a  means  of  implementing   national  strategies  through  approaches  that   bring  profits  to  both  sites,  while  each  state   focuses  its  policy  on  sustaining  its  status  quo.     17  


General Assembly- Interview with Delegate of Argentina Interviewer: Honourable Delegate of Argentina, in general, what is your position concerning the rejected resolution submitted by the Human Rights Council today? Delegate: I voted against the resolution because, in my opinion, many of the clauses were similar to propositions that have already been made beforehand and furthermore, programs to deal with the increasing problem of refugees already exist. Instead of proposing a completely new system, the Human Rights Council should have focused on improving what the UN has been working on in the past. Furthermore, in order to vote for the resolution, I would have needed specifications concerning the proposal of monetary funds, i.e. how much money would this involve when carried out. Interviewer: In your opinion, is the Right to Asylum a Human Right and if so, why? Delegate: In general, yes, though the actual measures taken to grant asylum depend on the specific situation. For instance, after World War II, Argentina took in many refugees from European countries because of the continent’s devastating condition. Though I do not feel to be in an adequate position to judge on this, since Argentina is not one of the countries strongly sought out by refugees, I would still like to point out that no country has unlimited capacities to take in asylum seekers. The amount of people accepted into a country should be determined according to said country’s geographical, social and financial capacities. This also guarantees that refugees are being allocated the necessary basics of life and the humanitarian help they need. Interviewer: Should the UN have the ability to assign a certain amount of asylum seekers to each member state or does this infringe on national sovereignty? Delegate: This definitely infringes on national sovereignty. Interviewer: In case of a similar resolution being passed in the future, would you be willing to pay the same amount of money as i.e. the U.S.A.? Delegate: No, because we, as an emerging nation, do not have equal financial resources. Therefore, the amount of money that each country contributes should be determined according to its GDP.

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Farewell -­‐  Party  

   

After  two  days  of  exhausting  and  formal  work   regarding  to  the  preparations  for  the   interestingly  proceeding  General  Assembly,  the   delegates  finally  had  the  opportunity  to  enjoy  the   big  Farewell-­‐Party  on  Saturday  evening,  taking   place  in  the  “Roncalli  Haus”  in  Wiesbaden,  in  a   relaxed  mood.  Furthermore,  from  8  p.m.  until   midnight  the  WiesMUN  participants  relished  the   scrumptious  buffet,  prepared  by  one  of  the   sponsors  “Fasan”  that  offered  a  variety  of   different  salads  as  well  as  homemade  cakes  and   sweets.   In  addition,  at  the  beginning  the  students  were   just  sitting  at  their  tables  and  enjoying  the   delicious  dish  whereas  in  the  course  of  the   evening  the  dance  floor  became  increasingly   fuller  and  the  atmosphere  of  a  real  party   aroused.  Accompanied  by  the  DJ’s  music  the   guest  got  more  and  more  motivated  and   enthusiastic  about  the  great  evening.  Moreover   the  evening  was  also  taped  by  the  journalists  of   the  session  by  taking  many  photos  in  front  of  the   self-­‐made  WiesMUN  wall,  especially  with  the   whole  group,  which  fixed  and  increased  the   feeling  of  having  met  and  found  new  friends.     In  a  nutshell  the  party  went  off  successfully  and   worked  as  an  interesting  conclusion  of  our   international  meeting  that  produced  many  new   contacts  and  friendships  to  all  over  the  world.   We’re  looking  forward  to  meeting  everyone   again  and  hope  that  many  people  will  participate   next  year  again.      

     

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Critical questions,  critical  voices.   „What  sense  does  it  make  to  participate  in  a  make-­‐believe  UN  conference?”   “If  one  is  interested  in  politics,  they  should  just  stay  informed  about  the  current  happenings.”   “If  it’s  a  fictional  conflict,  it  isn’t  going  to  be  of  interest  to  anyone,  is  it?”   “People  under  18  don’t  have  a  say  in  politics  anyway,  so  why  should  they  worry?”   Voices,  however,  that  could  only  belong  to  people  who  haven’t  ever  participated  in  a  Model  United  Nations  conference.  After  four   days  of  work,  stress,  fun,  laughter,  and  lots  of  coffee,  all  of  the  participants  of  this  year’s  WiesMUN  conference  felt  equally  sad   when  it  dawned  on  them  that  four  days  of  meeting  old  friends  and  making  new  ones,  of  discussion,  exchange,  and  progress,  were   coming  to  an  end.  I  believe  I  can  say  with  certainty  that  on  Sunday,  May  11th,  2014,  all  participants,  be  it  organizer,  delegate,  or   member  of  the  media  team,  could  feel  a  “post-­‐MUN-­‐depression”  coming  on.   But  nonetheless,  despite  all  the  fun  we  had  talking,  playing  games,  partying,  getting  to  know  each  other,  we  must  ask  ourselves   what  the  real  motive  underlying  the  MUN  initiative  around  the  globe  really  is.     During  the  two  days  of  committee  work  and  the  following  two  days  of  General  Assembly,  I  closely  observed  the  work  and   progress  of  the  Committee  for  Environment,  Health,  and  Development,  whose  journalist  I  had  the  privilege  of  being.  It  was  this   committee’s  task  to  submit  a  resolution  that  attempts  to  improve  the  current  situation  concerning  problems  like  flooding,  fresh   water  shortage,  and  diseases.     The  committee’s  members,  the  honourable  delegates  of  Bangladesh,  Columbia,  Iraq,  Mali,  the  Netherlands,  and  Sudan,  worked   quickly  and  efficiently  enough  on  the  first  day  of  committee  work  to  leave  time  for  open  debating  on  day  two.     Since  almost  all  the  committee’s  member  states  are  confronted  with  flooding  and/or  strong  rains  and  a  lack  of  fresh  water  access   that  causes  serious  diseases  and  countless  deaths,  it  was  in  the  member  states’  own  interest  to  develop  a  resolution  that  would   efficiently  battle  the  aforementioned  problems.     Referring  to  the  UN’s  Resolution  64/292  of  the  year  2010  that  officially  declared  access  to  clean  water  and  sanitation  a  human   right,  the  committee  tried  to  include  measures  to  improve  the  condition  of  fresh  water  supply  in  developing  countries,  for   instance  by  cutting  back  on  military  costs.  Despite  the  fact  that  said  abridgement  on  military  funding  was  strongly  criticized  by   several  delegations  during  General  Assembly,  the  resolution  was  passed  and  thus  successful.  In  addition,  the  committee  placed  a   21  


strong emphasis  on  the  preservation  of  our  environment  by  i.e.  reducing  deforestation  and  contributing  to  research  on  reusing   water  as  well  as  improving  international  health  standards,  for  example  by  providing  on-­‐site  help  for  people  affected  by  diseases   like  malaria  or  cholera  by  building  hospitals  and  treatment  centres.     I  was  honestly  impressed  by  the  delegates’  earnest  concern,  concentration  and  interest  in  the  topics  discussed  and  their  efficient   work.  This  gives  me  an  excellent  opportunity  to  return  to  my  initial  question.  In  my  opinion,  events  such  as  WiesMUN  2014  are   the  best  possible  way  to  include  and  integrate  the  generation  of  our  future  political  leaders  into  political  reality  and  to  raise   awareness  on  the  vital  importance  of  political  participation  in  order  to  uphold  a  functioning  democracy.  Partaking  in  WiesMUN   has  deemed  me  hopeful  concerning  the  upcoming  EU  elections,  I  am  convinced  that  those  who  possess  the  right  to  vote  will   make  use  of  it  sensibly  and  consciously  and  that  those  who  do  not  will  nonetheless  do  their  part  to  contribute  to  the  forming  of   their  personal  and  public  opinion  in  every  way  they  can.     Model  United  Nations  is  actively  contributing  to  sparking  interest,  mobilizing  youth  to  act  upon  their  political  opinions,  bringing   young  adults  from  around  the  globe  together  to  discuss  topics  that  concern  us  all  and  thus  to  the  improvement  of  political   cooperation  today  and  tomorrow  in  Germany,  Europe,  and  essentially,  worldwide.                                            

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Delegate Awards

 

       

 

               

Dino Ekdal: Most handsome delegate/ Simon: Forsgren: Best English Most likely to be a president speaker

Vlad Moca- Grama: Best styled delegate

 

Silver Breitkopf: Most beautiful participant

Jakob Jung: Funniest delegate

Marie Heinrich: Best styled delegate

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WIESMUN LETTERS                  

                     

I have started suffering from PWMD as soon as Lena announced that the conference was over :/ But all the more reason to look forward for the future: Hopefully a future where we guys can meet and rock on in new sessions together all over the world! Just after the conference it feels as if I've been showered with compliments: For that I must thank you! Every second in Wiesbaden has been at our pleasure, all thanks to all of you people!

   

I was just speaking with Isabel and saying how great the session was! We are both waiting forward for next year's session! :) It was absolutely worth going to WiesMUN and I am so thankful that you gave me the chance to go! The company was great, and I really like people who were there. I am very pleased with my stay in Germany, and I'm definitely going to visit you again!

     

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EDITOR AND  HEAD  JOURNALIST:  

MIRA SEYFETTINOGLU  

VIDEO EDITOR:  

JAKOB KIRFEL  

JOURNALIST TEAM:  

SILVER BREITKOPF   SHILA  BLOCK   LAURA  MÖCKS   CHARLOTTE  MENCKE   MARISA  BECKER   VIVIANE  WOLFARTH   FATMA  TUNC   AWA  YAVARI  

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WiesMUN'14- Session Magazine  

A wonderful souvenir booklet of the Model United Nations session in Wiesbaden, May 2014.

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