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The Westphalian Diplomat Wednesday 28th March, 2012

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A Village of Drumming, Dancing & very distinguished Delegates

By Inga Vosseler

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hen the first day of debates, votes and discussions was over, the fun part of MUIMUN 2012 started: At the Clubschiene all the delegates and staff members were invited to the Global Village – a place to make new friends, learn about different cultures and party with great young people from all over the world. Sounds like big fun? Yes, it definitely was! MUIMUN stands for bringing together people from different parts of the world and partying is always a good way to achieve this goal, as seen yesterday: There was nothing better than dancing, sharing delicious homemade food from some of the delegates’ countries and having a beer (or two) together to get to know each other. The first contacts had obviously already been made during the first committee sessions, but yesterday evening helped to deepen these ‘diplomatic’ contacts and to add new people to one’s friendship list. With no specific programme planned for the night, some people had spontaneously decided for some great entertainment to make the evening unique and unforgettable: The Pakistani showed us an impressive and colourful dance and a spontaneously formed dance delegation surprised us with a drum music performance. To Salsa beats, the latest hits and some ‘classics’, more famous dances – not to miss the Macarena- were shown and many songs were loudly sung along. Also besides the dance floor, intercultural exchanges were made: people were given pretty bracelets and the Indonesian delegates gave key rings with a typical instrument as presents to the others. And of course, people just talked: ‘Which country are you representing? How was your first day? What’s your impression so far?’ There were many questions to ask, many experiences and thoughts to share. But what was probably most important, were the smiles on the faces. Everybody seemed to be happy and in a good mood. So – thanks to the Global Village- that’s the proof: MUIMUN is incredibly fun!


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Committees GA2: ‘I’m your friend, I’m Uncle Sam’

With these words the delegate of the United States of America introduced himself at General Assembly 2. But not the claim of hegemony, but rather a down-to-earth search for problem solving solutions was the main tenor at General Assembly 2. Yesterday the also so-called “Economic and Finance Committee” discussed how to promote economic progress through attracting invest to post-conflict countries. In interesting debates, the different delegates discussed how investment could be raised to stabilize states structures, as well as economy. The German representative looked retrospectively at own history and emphasized the ‘Marshall Plan’ as a perfect example how to rebuild a post-conflict country into a flourishing industrial nation. All in all the main

tenor of yesterday’s assembly was to assist ‘self-help’ by providing them with expertise. Amongst other things, some delegates also proposed to monitor governments, free them from radical or religious impacts and reestablish the rule of law. Another added that post-conflict countries have nothing to lose:’ they can get caught by terrorism easily. Thus they need an economic basis to restart independently.’ By setting the focus on economic progress by investment, the committee denied the request to discuss the challenge of transparent distribution of natural resources as a step towards elimination of poverty and conflict countries.

By Melissa Faust

Wednesday, 28th March, 2012

GA6: Self Determination for Israel & Palestine

Chaired by Bilal Ramzan and Elena Konstantinidou the first session of the Sixth Committee started. After a short unmoderated caucus the delegates seemed to vote on topic B, but - caused by confusion concerning voting rules - reconsideration was necessary. The United Kingdom proposed to ‚discuss NGO‘s within the frame if topic A‘ and found a great majority, only Russia and Brazil voted against. Hence ‚Redefining the Requirements for the Recognition of New and Independent States‘ was set on the agenda. The Russian Federation requested to discuss definition and basic requirements of legal status first. In this debate the representative of South Sudan stressed the significance of self-determination: ‚people should decide!‘ The United States, men-

tioning that fixed borders are ‚a main issue‘ in the process of recognizing new states, initiated a heated discussion between the delegate of Palestine and the delegate of Israel. Though motion for an unmoderated caucus to discuss the case of Palestine failed, both parties could not really stop arguing. France had to remind the delegates of keeping peace, furthermore Honduras and Czech Republic supported this attempt and encouraged Israel and Palestine to ‚keep cooperation and exchange‘. However, New Zealand urged all states to get back to topic and ‚focus on basic requirements to have a framework for more specific cases‘. Among other challenging topics the case of Palestine will probably cause various controversies.

By Svenja Krings


Wednesday, 28th March, 2012

Committees

HRC: Who fears free access to information?

Right after the official opening of the first session, the United States started with one of their passionate statements to convince the delegates of the importance of topic A – Public access to information - as a basis for democracy. Almost immediately the speakers list was full because several countries did not agree with the US. China argued, ‘It is not the right time to discuss this topic because the positions of the different states are to distant.‘ Pakistan and Serbia were convinced that topic B concerning the rights of returnees and IDPs was more urgent. France, Switzerland and Korea did not accept to avoid one topic ‚just because of its difficulty’ and added that access to information is important to empower human development. After an unmoderated caucus, the vote

decided that topic A would be on the agenda. A controversial debate about the pros and cons of free information followed and especially the UAE and Turkey pointed out the danger of free internet. By saying ‘Freedom of information is a dangerous idea’, the UAE upset Switzerland. To oppose that statement, Switzerland’s delegate brought up the fact that transparent states have the lowest corruption rates. Unfortunately the UAE did not want to comment this. When the debate came to the definition of information, Pakistan tried in vain to bring up the question if WikiLeaks is part of free access to information. Before the coffee break most of the states took part in the debate and we can be excited about their solutions.

By Wiebke Nowack

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SC: ‘The Syrian citizens are an inspiration‘

The situation in Syria is the most pressing security issue of our days, as became obvious once again today during the first session of the Security Council when an overwhelming majority of delegates voted to set this topic first on the agenda. The only opposition came from member states such as China, South Africa and the Syrian Arab Republic itself, which warned the representatives not to rush into emotionally driven debates on an issue requiring calmness. In the following discussions, special emphasis was put by almost all states on the situation of the Syrian refugees flooding the neighbouring countries. The Kingdom of Morocco as the only represented member of the Arab League expressed the region‘s willingness to tackle this urgent humanitarian crisis in cooperation with the UN, an initiative that was wel-

comed almost unanimously. However, member states from the European Union opposed a suggestion made by Columbia to open EU borders to Syrian refugees, stating that the best help could only come from regional actors together with the financial and organisational support of the UN. Syria showed itself unimpressed by the situation of the displaced persons. ‚These people are not from Syria. They are terrorists influenced by Western propaganda. The cause for the refugee situation does not relate to the Syrian government‘, argued the delegate, protesting any infringement on the Republic‘s national sovereignty. The following days will show the states‘ ability to avoid another ‚diplomatic deadlock‘ (Federal Republic of Germany) that would make a resolution on the matter impossible.

By Isabel Lischewski


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Committees

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CSW: ‘We underline the im- CSocD: Education is the key to portance of women in society‘ social integration

After a presentation round and opening speeches, the voting on which topic to focus first was quickly done. Soon after the decision was made, a heated debate on the topic ‚Support for Access to Justice for Female Victims of Violence‘ started in the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). It was a controversial topic and there were very different opinions to be found among the 20 members of the commission. ‚We have to eliminate all forms of discrimination and violence against women‘, the Russian delegate demanded in addition to the statement of the Colombian delegate who urging the UN to take action. Therefore, the different root causes of violence against women were vividly discussed: it is a lack of education, a lack of independence and self-

confidence, but also religious and cultural traditions in many states, especially in the Islamic countries. Another interesting thought was brought in by the delegate of Rwanda who claimed that judges do not know how to deal with violence and crimes against women and that they should be trained in order to change the current situation. This idea was vigorously debated as well as the question if provocative clothing is a reason for violence. Nevertheless, Cuba stated correctly: ‘It’s never the fault of the woman to be attacked!‘ The delegates might not share the same opinion, but by working together and being interested in each other‘ s ideas, they try to reach a common position: ‚So, what do you think? What’s the next step?‘

By Inga Vosseler

When setting this week‘s topics, one point becomes clear very soon – the Commission for Social Development (CsocD) is divided into two blocks. On the one side stand the developing-, on the other side the industrial nations. While watching the Commission discuss about the ‚Developing Strategies to improve Social Integration of the youth‘, the word that seems to matter most is ‚education‘. The success of a society is usually based on well-developed communities and a high education of those dealing with its economy. In times of growing globalization and multicultural populations, ‚integration‘ becomes even more important. Integrating the youth is therefore at least as important as integrating foreign immigrants – and education is the key.

Right at the beginning of the discussion, the United States and Canada focus on their history of immigration. The delegates talk about proper education systems for everybody, saying that the social and cultural backgrounds should not matter. But private schools and expensive colleges, for example in the U.S., remind us – social background does matter. A fact which is criticized by others. The delegate of the Democratic Republic of the Congo focuses on relationships to industrial nations: ‚We appreciate the support of industrialized nations, but we want to be part of our own development.‘ - whereas the supporters would try to influence these improvements in the process of development with money and other oblique instruments. A compromise needs to be found.

By Jan Lassen


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Committees

CEPAL: Climate Change Urgence & Emergence

The First (Wo)Men on a MUN Facts & Figures The first simulations which can be compared with the MUN conferences today were held even before the United Nations existed. The National Model United Nations (NMUN) in New York and Harvard Model United Nations (HMUN) can be retraced until the 1920s.

On Tuesday, March 27th at 9 a.m. the first session of the CEPAL committee took place in the Schloss of M端nster. The session started right away with a request of the Federal Republic of Brazil to change the order in which the topics are debated.

Quickly the countries built associations with other

The debate alternated between formal debate, moderated and unmoderate caucus. So far, the representatives have started to work on some first draft resolutions and it seems ssssslike they are about to approach the first solutions. All in all it was a great start for the CEPAL committee and everyone is looking forward to future debates during the next days in MUIMUN 2012.

By Lovely Delegate

In Germany approximately 50 MUN conferences with 30 to 600 delegates are hold. Every year the number of MUN events accretes.

At the beginning MUNs existed only at universities but later one, conferences for secondary or even elementary students were organized.

MUIMUN started in 2007. In the first year, 160 delegates visited the city of the Westphalian Peace. This year the conference reached a record number of participants.

C h a n g e To d a y

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After getting used to the flow of a MUN-Debate the committee started right into a furious debate about the climate change, focusing mostly on their worries about the CO2Emissions, the overuse of water and the increasing sea level.

The delegates discussed the pros and cons of ideas like renewable energy, recycling, eco-tourism, carbon-trade, the exchange of experts and reforestation.

Not a long time after the League of Nations was replaced by the United Nations, other MUN conferences followed. After a couple of years, the MUN virus reached Europe.

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Because to most of the delegates the threat of global warming seemed to be most urgent they decided to discuss this topic at first because everyone felt the need to a quick solution.

conference members, sharing the same interests and worrying about the same threats.

Almost 250 people are involved in and around MUIMUN. Beside this amazing figure there are a lot more things that make OUR conference truly unique, for example the scholarship program or the CEPAL committee which is held entirely in Spanish. By Fabian Brauch


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WeDi-Column

Wednesday, 28th March, 2012

MUNlight Shadows The PRevalent Observers

We have witnessed in last year’s global witch hunt for the WikiLeeks initiators with a feeling of vengeance. As we have seen how insightful open-access to delicate diplomatic information of - and about - the world’s leaders can be, we shall continue the spirit of freedom of press gossip. However, analyzing comments that go way beyond well-mannered diplomatic behavior one comes to think about - what seems to be the difference between diplomacy and a highschool’s gossip machinery? Our special MUIMUN observing mission - all-knowing, invisible (yet

outrageously handsome), with radar vision and a permanent smile of malicious glee in their faces - has done its homework pretty well. To advance the transparency and credibility of this year’s conference they have conducted a highly scientific empirical research, investigating what is really going on in the ominous MUIMUN note passing system. Seemingly unevil remarks unveil deeper insight into intentions and strategies within the semi-social interactions of negotiations. The comparatively assessed contents ranging from “Yoo s’up Russhaaa”, “Move Djibooty…” and “Say,

Syria has accepted a U.N.sponsored peace plan, international envoy Kofi Annan said on Tuesday, as troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad raided rebel forces who have taken refuge across the border in Lebanon.

Pope Benedict stepped up his calls for change and a greater role for the Catholic Church in communist-run Cuba on Tuesday but was quickly rebuffed by a senior government official who ruled out political reforms in the one-party state. Brazilian criminal charges against energy industry employees over an oil spill have made foreign workers leery of new legal risks

By Max R öß

ler

those new tanks of yours look mighty fine in sunlight” point rather vaguely to what might lay hidden in these hastily scribbled notes. Are these “international relations” the real driving force of world politics and global markets? Has the esteemed (M)UN system come to a pretentious platform for socializing and gossiping, where “high-level” only refers to the height of heels? What happened to those good old fashion values - human rights, accountability and commitment and such? Acting under Chapter 7 and condemning all good-taste violations, we actively stay seized of the gossip. US Senate may vote on Russian rights bill Mohamed Merah, the French gunman who killed Jewish children and French soldiers and then died in a firefight with police this month, was hardly an unknown quantity to intelligence and law enforcement officials on both sides of the Atlantic. Weather Forecast Münster: Today: Partly Cloudy 18C°, Thu.cloudy 12°C


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Close-Up

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Meet Altymay Karamanova! Diary of a Delegate

Tuesday We are very proud to welcome the national delegate of the Republic of Mali: Altymay Karamanova! Altymay, you are originally from Almaty, Kazakhstan, about 5000 km away from Münster. How did you get to know about MUIMUN? Last year, there was an educational program in my university in Kazakhstan where I got to know that there are Model United Nations for students in several countries. I informed myself and found this MUN in Münster. I was happy to get a full scholarship to travel here. I want to add, that I have never been to Germany before and it’s a great pleasure for me to join MUIMUN. I really like Münster. It’s a very beautiful city and attracts with its architecture and nature. The people are very hospitable and friendly. So, Altymay. Why was MUIMUN attractive for you and how did you experience your first dive into MUN waters?

I’m very excited to be here. I was interested in MUIMUN because for me it’s a good possibility to get to know how the UN works. I want to meet people from all over the world and discuss about actual problems.

I got a bachelor degree in financial risk management and thus I’m used to the topics, my committee, the General Assembly 2 deals with. They are very important for the whole UN. Being a delegate is a real adventure because all dele-

gates are that professional and it’s a real challenge to match with them in sophisticated English. In your committee you represent the Republic of Mali. Can you identify with Mali and how did you prepare yourself for MUIMUN? I got the seat for Mali coincidentally. For me it’s an unknown country and far away. It’s one of the poorest countries in the world and so it depends on the international community to help us, to rebuild a state under a democratic government with an efficient economy. I hope I can represent Mali as best as possible. I prepared for MUIMUN by informing about Mali, the 2 Assembly topics and my studies background knowledge.

8:15 am. Ouch. Too much champagne. Should have resisted peer pressure, but what is one to do against persuasive power of entire African continent? 9:01 am. Don‘t have any luck. Guy from yesterday is neighbour in committee. Just raised an eyebrow on seeing me. Am just as glad to continue the acquaintance. 9:39 am. Maybe I am lucky yet. Russian Federation is very impressive … on a merely intellectual side, naturally. Voted in favour of his motion. Think he appreciated it. Note to self: wear red blouse tomorrow. 10:15 am. Coffee! And a great opportunity to establish closer relationship with Russian Federation - if it weren‘t for Neighbour cornering me and being mad because of voting for Russia. People like him are the reason international politics are not moving forward.

Thanks a lot Altymay. We hope you will make unforgettable impressions here in Münster. Enjoy your week!

11:23 pm. This is how international relations should work! India and Pakistan have started … diplomatic contest – last man standing gets Kashmir. And I have henna drawing on arm of lyrics to favourite song. Love politics.

By Melissa Faust

By Ano Nymous


8 Panorama Today‘s Schedule

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Horoscope

Wednesday, 28th March

Established 2007 Münster University International Model United Nations

09:00-12:00 Committee Session III 12:00-13:00 Lunch 13:00-17:45 Committee IV 20:00 - Night Watchman-Tour@Domplatz

LEO Be careful about choosing your al-

Evening Activity: lies. Even a cute little island republic has its Pub-crawling Nightwatch(wo)men own schemes to pursue. It‘s not Paris, but Münster by (mid-)night has got its own secret charms – as long as it doesn‘t rain. The Nightwatchmen are going to take you on a journey through Münster‘s past full of bishops, merchants, intrigues, religious fights, and people in cages. Even if you‘re a Münster native you‘re sure to learn something new. Afterwards we‘ll take a different approach to get to know Münster – no visit here is complete without a tour of our lively pub scene.

We meet 8 pm in front of the cathedral (Domplatz)!

Sudoko

(just in case you are present and waiting)

Editorial

Editorial Staff Katja Philipps Isabel Lischewski Fabian Brauch Max Rößler Layout Max Rößler Contributors Jan Lassen Melissa Faust Inga Vosseler Wiebke Nowack Svenja Krings

GEMINI This day has got great potential, but don’t shoot your wad right away. Sometimes it is good to shut it and listen. There might be a surprise in store for you…?

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