Chocol’ART 2017

Tübingen is famous for many things: the castle Hohentübingen, the university and its faculties, and many, many bicycles. But the cultural phenomenon that draws most tourists to the city is the annual chocolate market. More than 300.000 people are visiting the Chocol’ART each year.

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While the first snowflakes covered mugs filled to the brim with hot chocolate, mulled wine or punch, our delegates braved the cold and worked on counting the visitors as well as doing surveys. Some of the delegates spent up to 14 hours and more on the market, all while working on their Landmark Documents, which will provide our delegates with the information they need in the upcoming negotiations and resolution writing phase.

We would like to thank our delegates for the time and effort they put in their work last week – the raised money will be a huge help in paying for our trip to New York in March! A special thanks is also due for the delegates that put up the timetables for the shifts and who organized everything: you did an amazing job!

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On this note, we also would like to kindly ask anyone interested in sponsoring us to contact our delegation using the details below. Your help will not go unnoticed – we will add you to the sponsors page on our website and add a link to your business on our blog.

And if you need a counting or surveying team, we can be easily persuaded to put our expertise to use again!

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“Under Pressure” – The Stress Simulation

When the delegates of the 2018 Tübingen delegation entered the seminar room on December 5th, there was a surprise waiting for them: three of last years delegates visited us. They were, however, not only present to share their experience with us, but challenged our delegates with an entertaining but also educational exercise: how to deal with insensitive and incooperative delegates.

This so-called “stress-simulation” helped the delegates to understand what it means to work in an international environment that relies heavily on cooperation between members; an environment, that is formed by the values and norms of multiple countries that come together as the United Nations. This simulation was therefore not only informative but also provided the delegates with several tactics on how to respond swiftly and confidently, if similar circumstances occur at the NMUN conference in New York.

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A huge thanks to the former delegates for practising with us in their free time and for their valuable tips and tricks on how to deal with challenging situations. We have definitely learned a lot and being put to the test like this has us even more anticipated for the conference in March!

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The First Simulation

During the weekend from Saturday, November 18th to Sunday, 19th, the delegates of the 2018 Tübingen delegation experienced their first UN simulation. And even though it was being held in private, with only the Tübingen delegates and our instructors present, it was still equal parts overwhelming and enlightening.

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Shy, wide-eyed, and unsure about what to do we sat at our designated places at the beginning of our first simulation at 10 am on Saturday. Having learned the rules of procedure by heart, we knew what we might expect from this first simulation. But putting these rules and motions to practice was a completely different level, that put our delegates to the test: How do I raise a motion? How do I convince others to debate the topic that is most important to my country? How do I write a draft resolution, let alone a working paper? Those are just a few questions that we asked ourselves before and during the first day of the simulation.

But after only a few hours and some short feedback from our instructors, there were a lot of changes visible: The delegates became more comfortable in speaking in front of others, the draft resolutions started to take shape, and by the end of the simulation on Sunday afternoon, the delegates had become confident in their roles as representatives of a variety of different countries.

Therefore, we want to thank our instructors, our two head delegates and our faculty advisor, Bettina, Jovana, and Nora, for all the time and effort they put in providing us with this great first experience. And though we still need to learn a lot about writing resolutions and negotiation tactics, it is safe to say that we feel a whole lot more comfortable now with the rules of procedure and our roles as delegates. So thank you all for an educational and fun weekend!

 

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The Tübingen Delegates for NMUN 2018 are selected

We are delighted to announce that Tübingen´s 2018 delegation to the National Model United Nations has been formed. The upcoming March, we will be honored to represent the Kingdom of Bahrain in New York.

Our delegation consists of students from a variety of disciplines, adding different fields of expertise and skills. We are convinced that this will prove to be invaluable during the preparation process as well as the simulation itself.

Read about our 19 delegates on this blog soon!

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New Delegates Wanted!

Ever wondered what the work of the UN looks like? How the resolutions you might have heard about came to pass? What diplomats do when they meet in New York every year?

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Become part of the Tübingen NMUN delegation and participate in one of the biggest UN simulations worldwide. We start preparations in October and you will be ready to change the world by the time we fly to New York City for the conference in March 2018. All that is required of you at the moment is to sign in to the two obligatory courses on Campus and show up to our first session on Oct 17th. For more information about the requirements see https://nmuntuebingen.wordpress.com/participate/.

We are looking forward to an exciting semester and a fun, fruitful conference in New York!

Our NMUN 2017 experience

After six months of hard preparation all our work payed off. Not only did the delegation win several awards, but we also had great fun participating in the numerous committees.

We enjoyed the cooperative atmosphere during the conference and the opportunity to visit the United Nations General Assembly Hall. We want to thank the Philippines Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York for having us. We got a tremendous insight in their work and through the knowledge we gained, we were able to represent the Philippines position even better.

Now NMUN 2017 is over and we all can look back with huge satisfaction on what each of our delegates achieved. We all had a great experience.

At this point, we want to thank all our supporters on our way to New York and especially Robin, Alex, and Bettina for their great guidance in our preparation.

Our trip to Geneva – 2017

This week our delegation traveled to Geneva, Switzerland, for four days. We had the great chance to visit some UN institutions relevant to our preparations for NMUN. The trip gave us huge insights into the work of real diplomats as well as of employees of the UN.

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On our first day, we visited the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and we attended a guided tour through the Palais des Nations. Between these two appointments, three of us went to the small International Atomic Energy Agency office (IAEA) in Geneva, while the others had the opportunity to explore the city in the meantime.

On our second day, we went to the German Permanent Mission in Geneva, where we got real insights in the work of diplomats. The World Health Organization (WHO) was our next destination. After a strengthening meal in the WHO cafeteria, we heard two detailed presentations on the important work of the WHO. However, the most exiting appointment for all of us was the visit to the Philippine Consulate General in Geneva. Here we leaned one of the most important lessons in representing the Philippines in New York: always keep smiling!

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To relax after the long day we went to the Lac de Genève where we enjoyed delicious cheese fondue. We are thanking all institutions we visited for having us; we had a great time in Geneva.

TMUN 2017

Last Friday, February 3rd, the Tuebingen Model United Nations took place. Students from Hohenheim and Heidelberg attend our UN Simulation. After a great opening and welcoming speech from Prof. Dr. Thomas Diez, director of the Institute of Political Science, the Simulation started.

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The preliminary agenda included the following three topics:

  • The Role of the Private Sector in Promoting Sustainable Development
  • Promoting the Social Inclusion of Children
  • Climate Change and Food Security: Strengthening National Capacity and Resilience

After a short round of agenda setting speeches, the committee agreed on starting with the third topic, Climate Change and Food Security. Various working groups emerged debating on issues such as financial support, accessibility to food, the implementation of a knowledge and technology sharing platform, the development of sustainable solutions and long-term strategies. At the end of the day and after fruitful discussions, there were six draft resolutions on the floor of which four were adopted.

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We thank the TMUN department for organizing the whole event and also would like to express our great gratitude to Bettina, Alex and Robin for their guidance as the dais during the simulation.

 

NMUN Speech Training by Cevey Consulting

Agenda setting speeches, substantive statements, asserting oneself in negotiations and arguing for policy… NMUN challenges its participants in many ways, but it is plain to see that the biggest challenge is oratory. Therefore, Tübingen’s 2017 NMUN Delegation was grateful to attend a speech training session by Dr. Marco Behrmann of Cevey Consulting. After a short introduction to the theory basics, we had to give quasi-spontaneous statements on different topics. The performance itself was then subjected to a thorough feedback session.

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The second exercise took into account the more comprehensive character of substantive speeches. Based on the research for our Landmark and our Position Papers we all had 10 minutes to prepare a speech. In this second speech, we had to react to different scenarios that can occur in New York – we were challenged to argue for particular measures, bridge cultural and political gaps or solve misunderstandings. Through the feedback, we all were able to improve on our performances.

Our delegation thanks Dr. Behrmann, Senior Consultant with CEVEYCONSULTING, for this great and generous support.

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Our Delegation at the Hohenheim Castle MUN 2017

What can the world do more about renewable and sustainable energy? Delegates from three universities: Hohenheim, Heidelberg and Tübingen met last Saturday to discuss about it.

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Hosted in the beautiful Hohenheim castle, this year the Hohenheim Castle Model United Nations began with the preliminary agenda considering three topics:

  1. Promoting Access to Renewable and Sustainable Energy for Poverty Reduction and Sustainable Development
  2. Protecting the Civil, Political, and Socioeconomic Rights of Refugees
  3. Cyber Security and Protecting against Cyber Warfare

After a handful of excellent agenda setting speeches and an informal caucus, the delegates voted to address first the topic, Promoting Access to Renewable and Sustainable Energy for Poverty Reduction and Sustainable Development.

There is no doubt all delegates had a long and hard day working together to find solutions. The hard work paid off! Four draft resolutions successfully passed. Decentralization, cooperation, technology transfer, awareness raising are some of the proposed solutions to address the issues of energy.

In addition to finding solutions for global problems, the delegates also improved their competence and skill in participating in a Model United Nations Simulation. It was the first time the current delegation of Tübingen attended a model UN after the first internal simulation. For some people it was the first time they worked with delegates they had never met before. However all the training that we did previously paid off. The cooperative spirit among all delegates was essential to make a successful UN model.

After the formal simulation, the Club of Hohenheim organized a wine-tasting event. This was a great opportunity for all participants to socialize with the other delegates. We enjoyed local wine, food and had a joyful Saturday evening together.

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The Tübingen delegation would like to thank the Hohenheim university for hosting the United Nations model and the University of Heidelberg for joining us. We look forward to work again with you in the Tübingen Model United Nations in early February.