The Westphalian Diplomat Wednesday, March 30, 2011
News, P.2 The Column, P.6
Let’s get global, village people! After the first sessions were held, the first exchanges of arguments were made and the first working papers were written, it was time for the first “big easy” of the conference: the Global Village. MUIMUN aims to bring together people from opposite ends of the worlds – and nowhere this goal could be achieved in a better way than at this event. Of course you get to now each other during session,
Greek Dolma Jialanzti, Lebanese Molanolana, German Brezeln or dozens of candles on the Pakistani desk, the spirit of MUIMUN was noticeable in every corner. The later the evening, the wilder the dances - no Global Village but honestly – with a beer dable way: numerous dele- without the Pakistani and in your hand the impressi- gates brought little pieces the impressive prove that ons may differ a little bit. of their home culture into “working hard – partying This year again, the special the fancy atmosphere of harder” is so much more thing about the Global Vil- the Clubschiene. Whether than just a saying. Once lage was shown in a formi- it was Thai Thongmuan, again it was a great night – cheers to all of you!
Disputed points of view in GA2
In the second general assembly: Economic & Financial, the majority voted for the first topic: „Permanent sovereignty over natural resources in politically unstable areas“. The key question of this committee was: Shall the international countries intervene in these delicates areas? If yes, how? Most of the present countries declared that they preferred to advise some help. Mexico proposed a transfer in technological domains. This idea was also shared by Israel, the UK and Germany which included a transfer of social programmes. Haiti and Gabon claimed for transparency, while Brazil insisted on the fact
that the main goal should be political stability. However, the representatives did not all agree. In fact, there were some countries which made nuanced remarks. Nigeria for instance agreed with the idea of self-sustainable development but asserted the necessity of the country sovereignty. Furthermore, Afghanistan desired a limited engagement of foreign countries. Besides, Ethiopia sustained a nonmonetary aid and Bolivia concluded that natural resources should only be controlled by government.
By Annika Behnen
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Migration and Sharks
Chaired by Sher Afghan Malik and Pia Salz the General Assembly 3 convened in the Fürstenberghaus and decided to begin the debate with issues of global migration and demographic imbalance. A moderated caucus centered on the fine distinctions between several types of migration. Thus different views of migratory policies were presented while seeking consensus on the appreciation of economic benefits of cooperation and the granting of asylum for politically persecuted immigrants. In this debate Germany proposed a circular immigration policy instead of linear approaches ai-
ming at the amelioration of the economic exchange of the respective countries. The UK was not amused about the legal loopholes of student visas and Kenya agreed proposing a stricter and coherent legal framework. As a response the Czech Republic presented its emotional attachment to the neglect of humanitarian issues during the preceding discussion.The debate took another sudden turn as the diplomats turned into baby sharks and Cuba found a suspicious marriage proposal at the restroom. Additionally the reporter heard through the grapevine that more special debates lie ahead. By Max Rößler
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Immunity for the heads of state?
When the sessions started in the General Assembly 6, the representatives voted on topic A, “Extending criminal accountability of heads of states” to be discussed in the first place. Setting the topic was a tough call, with some representatives strongly opposing themselves to the decision. The representative of Japan urged his fellow delegates to rather concentrate on the second topic since according to Japan more people were affected by the human rights dimensions of accountability, than threatened by a criminal head of state. But in the end, the topic was chosen with a majority of one vote. The representative of Germany during
her speech referred to the Nürnberg Trial and urged all states to find a new hierarchy of norms based on reciprocal respect. “We are trying to form our state; we have to make sure that our president feels safe!” The Sudanese delegate on the other hand gathered the representatives of all countries not being signatories to the Rome Statue. Iraq as one of them reminded the committee members of the fact that a newly elected president could feel threatened by international jurisdiction. There is lots of room for discussion in GA 6. By Sophia Besch
FAO and the idea of help
In a very concentrated and serious atmosphere the Director Martin Schiller declared the first committee session for open. The FAO had to choose between two topics. The Russian Federation and the United States spoke in favour of the first topic „Establishing a food security policy for post war areas“ while Brazil and Pakistan argued against. It was time to vote. The decision was final: 15 countries were for and only three (Brazil, Pakistan and Venezuela) were against. During debate all delegates agreed on the fact that the population of post war areas needs food; some of them pointed
out that the government also needs the UN help to get stabilised. The accent in the debate was also stressed on the structure of the help: shall the countries have a short or a long term help? The United States and Sudan proposed a mix of both: First help must be given immediately after war (shortterm solution) and then a long-term solution can be adopted. Long-term solution means e.g. stabilising the government. Russia preferred providing first help (food) and policy advises simultaneously. The representatives were very precise which made the debates really profound. By Annouk Weiss
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
After 60 years, finally The first round has started: The fight against a resolution? corruption
The stage is set for the first sessions of the Security Council. After a vivid debate, the representatives decided with ten votes in favor to deal with the Resolution of the Kashmir Issue first. The situation in the disputed area has been on the agenda of the international community for more than five decades – high time to reduce the constant potential of escalation in the region and allow peace and progress to prevail.
The first exchange of words was as expected between India, Pakistan and China as these countries claim the territory in equal parts. The fronts were settled, when India stated that Kashmir should be part of their national territory. Pakistan brought in the religious aspect by stressing that 70% of the people living in the Kashmir region are Muslims – a highly controversial argument as the following discussion implied. It will be interesting to see if the “If we want to safe our member states will finally face in front of the world, succeed in agreeing on a we should find a solution. joint resolution. Now.” – Isabel Lischewski, Representative of By Katja Philipps South Africa
Corruption, the recurring rival. This challenger seems to be unconquerable. He proved to be very strong and robust so far. Yesterday, the Economic and Social Council started its first session under the leadership of the chairs Tobit Bartel and Bernard Dröge. Before starting the concrete work the order of the two topics of this year “Developing strategies to settle and avoid currency disputes” and “Promoting social entrepreneurship” had to be set. The majority decided to give priority to concepts against currency disputes. Pakistan insisted: “We have to fight against corruption and against the inflating money printing!”
After the hammer had fallen the deputies did not hesitate to declaim their positions. Italy urged to keep in mind the consequences of the financial crisis in the debates of the conference. Pakistan insisted to avoid a next financial disaster. While dealing with a topic that poses a high risk for every state, the positions were clear and persisting. The first statements of the countries showed the enormous challenge to take into consideration the partly very different positions of the countries.
By Annika Behnen
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
The Art of Dancefloor Germany: „A WonderDiplomacy ful Experience!“
Have you ever experienced dancefloor-diplomacy? Where could this happen other than in the latin-american committee of CEPAL?
However, those who really wanted to learn something about Latinamerica on this very first meeting, could just to listen to the never ending intentions Right in the beginning of of the Ecuadorian prethe debate the southern sident of the committee countries, like Chile, Brasil to get the Señorita de la and Argentina, brought delegación de Paraguay a vivid tango on stage, to dance with him. As whereas the states of you can see CEPAL is the Central America even most vibrant committee despite being less rep- of MUIMUN. resented answered with a Cumbia of their own No siesta, but instead fistyle defending their in- esta. tegration to an economic union in the region. Cuba on its side presented a vivid salsa but had some trouble to convince the By Antonia Peters & other delegations with its Max Rößler hip swings.
Fatima Batres from El Salvador finds the MUIMUN experience very exciting. She is here in MUIMUN for the second consecutive year, she found the first exposure really enriching to discuss about real world issues with like minds. She is from Latin America and enjoys her stay in Germany. She describes it as a “Wonderful Learning Experience”. She is leaving here soon and feels this country has a lot of potential to offer in an intercultural environment. She is looking forward to learn not only from the committee and country she is representing but also from other committee’s. She is here to voice the opinion as a group and not as an indi-
vidual. If given the opportunity she would like to meet with former Vice- President of USA and environmental activist, Albert “Al” Gore. The reason being he is very concerned about what is happening in the world in large but especially in an environment-related perspective. Globalization being a major concern at present, she feels it her duty to represent the least developed countries and put them in front in par with the developed world. Her excellent experience in Europe will be a boost to her profile and she hopes to join the UN in future. By Divya Rajeswari Swaminathan
News of the World
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
„So I‘ve been thinking...“ The WeDi Column
Lybia: Gadaffi Forces Assaults Rebels. Opposition Flees. The Allies Argue Over Weapon Supports. US To Hand Command Over to NATO Today. Syria: President Assad Dismisses Government. Appearently Reforms Planned.
Japan: Plutonium Discovered In Fukushima Powerplant.
Our Sources: www.tagesschau.de www.nytimes.com www.washingtonpost.com
So the conference started. The speeches, the champagne, the gavel and all… And something else- do you feel it already?! -I’m not talking about the committee sessions or your representation of another country. I’m talking about MUIMUN apparently being the platform for another process, apart from international understanding (though, in a way…). Let me cut to the point: I know no other place where so many relationships have formed and so many delegates left all formalities behind.
on, facing each other from opposite camps – there’s a spark there people, a sense of adventure! Just recall your feeling, when an opponent signs your amendment, or, sometimes even more fun, you cultivate an ongoing dissent. You can sense the borderlines blurring, the walls melting, the cold war heating up! Also the fact that at the end of the day, all seriousness falls off. You are no longer Russia or Haiti but just yourselves again, with the chance to meet people who have similar interests and exciting backgrounds and who overcame lots of obstacles to come here and spend time with you.
During the last year’s conferences, this spiBut why is that so? I mean apart from the rit led to many new contacts between defact that men in suits are hot. legates, chairs, delegates and chairs, chairs and secretary generals…but let’s gets back One should think that in the stiff at- to the point. mosphere of the sessions there isn’t much room for romantic thoughts. But I do Which was what again – ah, yes, spring feactually believe that it is the other way ver at MUIMUN. So, honorable delegates around. Fighting for your countries positi- – have fun tonight.
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Grab Your Napkins!
The Food Team is dishing up! Order now at the Info Points!
Imagine you’re a bird mother of more than 250 hungry fledglings. How could you possibly supply every little bird with a nutritious meal to refill their empty stomachs? Easy. Just ask for the food team around Justus from Logistics and they will be your generous wing-flapping bird mothers, unfortunately without chirping. However, it is not quite simple as that. What seems to be an effortless flow of work is the result of months of planning, reconsidering, organizing, ordering menus and finally arranging food and cutlery. With neatly decorated tables and accurately managed timetables the team is doing its best to let you focus on the important things, your comfort zone and socializing. Not to forget the coffee-breaks to relax and re-energize your hardworking minds with the crucial double C’s: caffeine and cookies. Even in times of crisis, when just after having prepared masses of coffee they realized that there are twice the plates and none of the cups left, Justus explained, they somehow made it work. And that’s the key element for conference catering crowned with success day after day. So you better grab some napkins, because you’re gonna get served! By Max Rößler
You – the delegates – will have been asking yourselves: Where can I get all of those pictures they are taking? We are now able to give you a satisfying answer to your question: You can get them! They will be sent to YOUR home - soon after the conference. Isn´t it great? To take advantage of this opportunity, the only thing you have to do is visiting the INFO-POINTS at the BZR I or SWH. The concept is easy: The delegates put three Euros in the MUIMUN piggy bank, and in return they get an envelope. On that envelope you will have to write your addresses and give it back to the person at the INFO POINT. After the conference, the MUIMUN team will create a special DVD for you and soon after the conference a DVD full of memories will be delivered to your homes!
09.00-12./13.00 Session I 12.00-13.00 Lunch (GA2, GA3, ECOSOC) 13.00-14.00 Lunch (GA6, CEPAL, FAO, SC) 13./14.00-17.00 Session II
20:00 Night Watchmen Tour
Tonight: Night Watchmen Tour This week shows Münster is an international and innovative town. Of course, it has not always been like this. Tonight follow a night watchman through the nightly old town of Münster and see the past centuries become alive. Behind the façades there are hidden all sorts of mysterious stories: Hear what everyday life in this town was like, what were the political issues and what the town looked like then. By tomorrow you might see this place in a different way. Meeting point is the Domplatz, tonight at 8pm.
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
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