The Westphalian Diplomat Thursday, March 31, 2011
News, P.2 The Column, P.6
„Break out of your role!”
By Katja Philipps
Throughout all conferences, MUIMUN has offered its delegates the chance to meet professionals from various scientific fields and to acquire a profound insight into the latest developments of their respective fields. “MUIMUN meets experts 2011” has taken these successful encounters to a newlevel by offering nine different workshops, all of them held by renowned specialists from across the scientific landscape. The WeDi got the chance to talk with Felix Bayer, Deputy Secretary-General andorganizer of this year’s event. WeDi: What’s the idea behind the concept of “MUIMUN meets experts”? Felix: We want the delegates to break out of their usual thinking habits by giving them the chance to talk about different topics. If you are in the Legal Committee, you may visit the workshop “The Economics of Globalisation” and
get a completely different perspective. WeDi: This year’s workshops differ between content-oriented ones like “Civil-military Cooperation” and methodological workshops. Why’s that? Felix: Usually students who take part in MUIMUN are exceptionally committed to voluntary work. They participate in different initiatives, organize different events… For all this it’s good to now the basics – how to run a discussion, how to present yourself. With the methodological workshops we want to give them the tools to organize a conference like this. WeDi: Nine workshops with top-class experts – what was the delegate’s resonance? Felix: So far really positive. I announced the workshops for the first time on a Thursday afternoon, by Saturday night I already received about 60 applications. What’s also great is that the number of participants was quit evenly distributed – apparently we found something interesting for all of them.
GA2: When Michael Jackson
takes part in political sessions!
Yesterday, the committee discussed a lot in the hope to “merge and turn them into draft resolutions”, said Janina Rühl, the vice-director. Reaching a compromise was obviously difficult. Either the meaning of certain words was not clear (Egypt did not hesitate to read out loud the definition of “Natural resource” of the oxford dictionary) or Poland explaining that the texts could not be interpreted in different ways. So, numerous of unmoderated caucuses have been organized for the purpose of finding an arrangement. However, the sessionstopping moment was assured by Ethiopia: The
representatives were exchanging their opinions when the chair permitted to Ethiopia to take the floor. The representative began suddenly to perform one of Michael Jacksons’ famous songs: “Heal the world, make it a better place”! This unique moment is certainly going to stay in a corner of the GA2-committee´s memory and definitely in the successful story of MUIMUN! Could the committee be concentrated enough after this performance to draw up their resolution? We are going to know it today!
Thursday, March 31, 2011
daffodils and the benefit of influx
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 imBy Annouk Weiss migration 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
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Small Steps Into a Better Future
In GA 6 the representatives have been working hard, introducing in total four working papers to the committee. The idea of a transition phase of five to ten years in which countries could join the Rome Statue without having to fear any prosecution from the ICC was heavily contested. This proposition led to several representatives expressing their concern. The delegates from Bangladesh and the United Kingdom explained their worries that such a possibility could undermine international law and weaken the authority of the Court. Pakistan on the other hand reminded the committee that several countries have not ratified
the Rome Statue yet and are not going to do so without time to adjust their legal systems. The Swiss Representative also supported the idea, underlining that even during that time, there would never be a lawless room since the Security Council could still supervise the international community. “We need to work in dialogue with the local authorities and turn theory into practice.” The Representative of Canada Many member states agreed on the Canadian demand to cooperate with regional organizations in order to persuade them to urge their member states to ratify the Rome Statue. By Sophia Besch
Searching for Solutions
The FAO worked very hard yesterday morning to write a draft resolution. Despite the fact that there are only 15 delegates in this committee, the discussions were very vivid and the conceptions of every country disputed. This session was regularly punctuated with unmoderated caucuses which were also extended with the aim to find a compromise. Afterwards, two groups of countries faced each other. The first one was represented by Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States and had the concept: “international donors, international financing institutions, the P5 and the global community” that should make
funds available to the population of post-war areas. The second group consisting of Brazil, Egypt, Sudan, Finland and Pakistan preferred to be more prudent. They suggested to work out “a Programming Cycle” which shows the necessary steps that have to be taken in a post-war area. Congo could not agree with this concept because the influence of industrial countries would going to be higher than the one of development countries. But which concept is nowadays not controlled or supported by industrialized countries?
By Annouk Weiss
News Step by step towards a solution
The Security Council seems to be on the right track towards a resolution on the Kashmir Issue. Acting remarkably in unison the representatives already developed four working papers which aim to be agreeable for both India and Pakistan. Dialog instead of confrontation is apparently the key to success. Though not willing to release the people of Kashmir into complete self-determination, India agreed on the creation of an advisory body consisting of representatives from the Pakistani- as well as the Indian-controlled districts to represent the interests of the Kashmiri people. The financing of the ad-
“It’s a joke if we have no budget.” – Conrad Steinhilber, Representative of Nigeria visory body was one of the key aspects during debate. Common agreement could be reached on the proposal that the budget should be provided by the governments of India and Pakistan and not by the United Nations itself – the sovereign power of decision is highly demanded by both nations. Pakistan is evidently able to cope with the achieved results but put great emphasis on the involvement of the Kashmiri people in the negotiations. By Katja Philipps
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Equality needs compromises
How peace among the nations can be promoted when there is a currency war? How further economic crisis can be avoided when the interests of countries seem to be as far as their geographical distance? With reference to the debates in the Economic and Social Council the discussions how to solve currency disputes went on yesterday. One central aspect was the need of global responsibility to keep at bay future traumatic developments concerning the economic and financial system. With the aim to work on new financial strategies and to achieve sustainable development and stable markets one recommendation was to es-
tablish an independent panel of experts. Concerning this, Norway insisted that financial problems have to be solved now and not in a few years. ”We are digging in the sand instead of going ahead!”, as the Norwegian delegate explained. Achieving global responsibility is an ambitious aim and can only be realized if the great majority of nations will be prepared to invest and put back own interests for the big picture. So, to really take all nations forward - the developed and developing countries - compromises have to be found.
By Annika Behnen
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Improving Free Trade
In CEPAL, free trade and indigenous traditions were central to the debate today. The delegates began discussing wokring papers today: Brazil and Argentine had proposed a free trade association for the whole subcontinent. This new association would be built by extending the existing organizations. In addition to these debates, the delegates were introduced into indigenous Ecuadorian traditional dances.
By Dominik Vorholt & Annika Wilzeck
Info Box: CEPAL The Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (Spanish: Alianza Bolivariana para los Pueblos de Nuestra América, or ALBA) is an international cooperation organization based on the idea of social, political, and economic integration between the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean.
City Tour: Get to know the Town!
It started with the famous saying about Münster: “In Münster, it is either raining or the church bells are ringing. If both incidents are combined, it is Sunday.” In this case it was raining. But the delegates put up a good fight and stoically set out to a tour around the old town of Münster. Four groups, four guides and lots of umbrellas. The area around the caThe Free Trade Area thedral was for the historiof the Americas (FTAA) ans among us, the main to(Spanish: Área de Libre pic being the foundation of Comercio de las AmériMünster. Rather confusing cas (ALCA) was a propostories about bishops and sed agreement to eliminate or reduce the trade conversions accompanied barriers among all coun- the audience to the Kuhtries in the Americas but viertel, the collegiate clubbing scene. One learned Cuba. about the origin of Pinkus Müller’s name – which shall
for aesthetical reasons not be recalled in this place – and about British, drunk but solvent criminals in pubs – speaking of criminals, the “Münsteranian” way of bike riding (look for an unlocked bike, ride wherever you need to go and just leave it standing there) evoked much laughter. The highlight was, of course, the Prinzipalmarkt – with beautifully lightened archways, the Lamberti church with its scary cages and the town hall. The newly aquired knowledge could then be tightened right away in the pubs “Blaues Haus” and Kreuzstraße 14. By Sophia Mandow
Thursday, March 31, 2011
„So I‘ve been thinking...“ The WeDi Column
By Sophia Besch
Clothes? Not important. Maybe a statementbutton.
People from all over the world, various nations, different cultural backgrounds – oh, we are all sooo diverse! Actually I am convinced that all delegates could be pigeonholed into four different types of people. Don’t believe me? Be honest to yourself and read the descriptions below! The Friendster Why you came to MUIMUN? Because all of your friends did! They are your motivation to show and participate in the first place. And why not? After all, this is better than Playstation. And you get to spend all day in a room together. Yayy!! How to recognize you? You always register as a member of a delegation. You are often seen waving across the committee-room. Favorite Motion? Unmoderated caucus for the purpose of planning the next road trip with your BFF!
The Party Lion Why you came to MUIMUN? The Global Village, the Pubquiz, the Champagne Reception, the Farewell Party…by far reasons enough! How to recognize you? Huge cup of coffee in front of you, deep dark circles around your eyes. Favorite Motion? Anything but an unmoderated Favorite Comment? “The delegate would like to support caucus, since you would actually have Egypt, UK, Iran, Canada and Ja- to get on your feet for that. Favorite Comment? pan and greet everyone who knows “The delegate would like to ask of him.” all the member states to lower their Clothes? Bought during a collective shopping voices, please!” Clothes? trip. Same as yesterday. The Do- Gooder The MUIMONSTER Why you came to MUIMUN? Why you came to MUIMUN? You have a mission. There is a topic close to your heart, be it climate There was one social activity missing change or world peace, and you will on your CV. How to recognize you? do everything you can think of to You’re probably asking for a certifind a solution. ficate or networking with your new How to recognize you? You are determined to make this Xing contacts right now. Favorite Motion? world a better place. At least for the Motion for a break in order to give week. more time for the delegates to be inFavorite Motion? Prolonging the individual speakers terviewed. Favorite comment? time, cutting short the breaks. “Do you think that MUIMUN ratFavorite Comment? “The delegate urges all the represen- her approves my team skills or my tatives to look back on point 6, para- leading qualities?” Clothes? graph b of his previous speech. We Neat as a pin. shall overcome our differences!”
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Change your Views!
The legacy of Henry Dunant
When you think of a methodical workshop, do the terms, “worth rethinking” or “life-changing” come to your mind? No? Still, these are quotes from delegates who participated in Annie Bordeleau’s workshop: Solution focused problem-solving.
How can humanitarian catastrophes such as the dreadful floods in Pakistan or in the earthquaketorn Haiti be prevented? Which ethical principles have to be followed in an active involvement?
The Canadian communication coach gave an impression on how to think outside the box and focus on how we would like our lifes to be. Sounds miraculous to you? Exactly. According to Bordeleau, it is actually the “miracle-question” you have to ask, in order to overcome the boundaries of your own cultural background, stop analyzing problems over and over again and productively look for a solution.
Prof. Dr. Gardemann and Dr. Lüder merged their expert knowledge of medicine and law to give insight in to the organization of humanitarian aid. Having been engaged in the Red Cross for over 15 years, Mr. Gardemann presented his rich practical experience, for example on how the supply of vital human needs is reliant on delicate ethical and logistical decisions. Mr. Gardemann further on condemned the misperceptions of crises in the media, such as Darfur.
Interested? In short there are four steps to follow. First of all, think about your objective. Secondly, you ask yourself: What would your perfect future without the problem look like in detail? During the third step, the scaling question is asked: From zero to ten, ten being the miracle-situation, how did you get from zero to where you are right now and what little thing could you do to get one step further? Thinking positively is the key. In the words of Albert Einstein: No problem can be solved from the same consciousness that created it.
According to him, humanity is the definition of people primarily as human beings and secondarily by origins and believes. In case civil-military cooperation is conducted or the legitimacy of aid missions unclear, an organization is in crucial need for consultancy in humanitarian law. This is the area of expertise of Mr. Lüder, who eloquently clarified situations of conflict especially in the Balkan region. The points of intersection were profound and the passionate lecturers enriched the audience with new perspectives and trains of thought.
By Sophia Besch
By Max Rößler
09.00-12./13.00 12.00-13.00 13.00-14.00 13./14.00-17.00
Session I Lunch Lunch Session II
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Horoscope TAURUS Why invent something new when you have all the material you need? Being frugal is today’s strategy. Stop abandoning good ideas and rely on the decisions that have been made previously.
It’s competition time! Awaiting you tonight is a really special exercise that will need you to work together as well as against each other: In intercultural teams of six you will have to get creative and answer question from tricky over funny to astonishing. Take the challenge and prove your quizzing skills in our PubQuiz in the Schlossgarten at 8pm. Don’t miss the beginning: Entrance will be at 7.30pm.
Guess what, guys: Katja is into headbanging!
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AQUARIUS The day has a lot of potential but which way it eventually goes depends on you and your effort. Don’t be afraid to say what everyone’s thinking or ask questions about the fundamentals. If you can’t be bothered to deal with obstacles then don’t expect things to fall into place.
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