Dear students and MUN enthusiasts,
on the 21st of November it will be exactly one year since the Ukrainian crisis began when then President Viktor Yanukovych refused to sign an association agreement with the EU. Ukraine erupted in a series of political movements and demonstrations with pro-EU and pro-Russia forces violently clashing with each other. At the end of February 2014, Russia seized the Crimean peninsula and from then on the Ukraine got dragged down a spiral of escalation that has not ended to this day. The Ukraine has become a split country with the Crimean peninsula and the Eastern provinces Donetsk and half of Luhansk having proclaimed themselves breakaway states.
But how exactly did it come this far? Why was it seemingly impossible for Moscow to let Ukraine leave the fold? What economic, security policy and even ideational reasons played a role in Russia's decision? How do energy corridors, access to "warm waters" such as the black sea and hence the mediterranean sea, security buffer zones and countries, "vital interests" and "special responsibility" towards former Soviet Republics fit into the larger equation?
The EU countries have to ask themselves no less difficult questions. Why were the security cooperations and arms control processes with Russia progressively neglected? Why have pan-european security regimes such as the OSCE continuously lost their significance? Who had an interest in a weakening or even failing of such organisations? And why did the EU and NATO choose to quit their geostrategic restraint towards Russia?
What are the consequences for international law and security if these questions remain unanswered in a satisfactory manner?
What are the intentions, hopes and fears on all sides?
We cordially invite you to participate in arguably one of the most challenging simulation scenarios as it might force you to adopt a radically different view on events that took place between the EU, Ukraine and Russia in recent months:
The 11th UNiGMUN on the (EU-)Ukraine-Russia crisis
If you would like to experience what diplomats have to accomplish, how negotiations are taking place or if you generally love heated debates then the UNiGMUN will be the perfect venue to get a first glimpse into this highly exciting but also extremely demanding world. The Ukraine crisis will offer a particularly difficult challenge but you as a delegate will have the opportunity to work on approaches with the other members of the Security Council to seek a solution to effectively reduce the endangerment imposed by the parties in Ukraine and its provinces, on regional stability and the international community itself. Your task will be to find a solution through dialogue, negotiations and diplomacy that will be accepted and implemented globally. You will have to represent the interests of your nation in this issue, while at the same time being aware that compromises have to be made in order to find an acceptable solution for all parties involved.
In order to participate, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
We will then send an application form which you will have to fill out and send back to us via the same email address.
Registration is now open until the 23rd of November.
A preparation meeting will be held on Friday, the 28th of November in order for participants to familiarise themselves with the procedural rules.
There will be a keynote lecture at the Stiftung für Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP) on Tuesday, the 2nd of December.
Opening speeches by all delegates will be held at the Foreign Ministry (Auswärtiges Amt) on Friday, the 5th of December.
The simulation will be held inside the facilities of the Free University (FU) from Saturday, the 6th until Sunday, the 7th of December.
A detailed schedule with addresses and times will be send to all participants in the near future.
If you have any questions, please contact us under email@example.com
We hope to welcome you soon!
Simulating the United Nations Security Council on resolving the Ukrainian conflict
We are very pleased to welcome you to the website of the 11th UNiGMUN of the UNi- Gruppe of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für die Vereinten Nationen. We, students of various fields of study and universities in Berlin and Potsdam, have been organizing UN simulations for several semesters. Due to current debates this session of the United Nations Security Council will be dealing with the conflict in the Ukranian crisis.
You are interested in the work of the United Nations? You have always been dreaming of being a diplomat? You love heated debates and you urge to meet committed university students, just like yourself? Then this is your chance! Take it!
In Model UN you as a delegate will have the opportunity to work on approaches with the other members of the Security Council to seek a solution to effectively reduce the endangerment imposed by the parties in Ukraine and its provinces, on regional stability and the international community itself. Your task will be to find a solution through dialogue, negotiations and diplomacy that will be accepted and implemented globally. You will have to represent the interests of your nation in this issue, while at the same time be aware that compromises are possible and necessary in order to find an acceptable solution for all parties involved.
Through this simulation you will gain firsthand experience of the benefits of a multilateral approach. Yet, you will also realize the challenges that international negotiations face and why the bargaining process sometimes allows only very slow progress. However, by doing your job as a delegate well, you will also have successful moments that help you to understand that progress is possible if negotiations are conducted in a diplomatic and solution-oriented way.
Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org anytime.
We are looking forward to welcome you to the eleventh UNiG Model United Nations!
The UNiGMUN Team.
Dear friends of Model United Nations,
you are cordially invited to the 9th session of the Model United Nations of the UNi-Gruppe 2013 (UNiGMUN 2013), which will be held at the Convention Center (Seminarzentrum) of the Freie Universität Berlin from January 26th until January 27th, 2013. The MUN session will be preceded by a presentation and discussion by a high
profile experts panel which will take place on Tuesday 22nd January 2013.
You may register for the conference through our websitehttp://unigmun.webnode.com or www.uni-gruppe.de . The participation fee is 25 Euros per participant including observers and press team (members of the UNi-Gruppe will only have to pay 12 Euros).
The registration period ends Wednesday, 16th January 2013, at 11 p.m.
Since 2007 the UNi-Gruppe organizes the UNiGMUN regularly once per semester. The simulation is conducted in English and open to all people around the world. The MUN includes one weekend (Friday until Sunday) as well as a preparation meeting in the run-up to the simulation.
In the last semesters, the Security Council, the General Assembly and the ECOSOC were simulated on very different issues and conflicts, e.g. piracy off the coast of Somalia, North Korea's nuclear program, MDGs or on the definition of terrorism.
Up to 50 students around the world are invited to take the role of an UN-diplomat!
Expert lectures and an extensive Delegate's Handbook including background information will help the delegates to prepare for the simulation.
UNiGMUN is one of the famous MUNs in Germany, where inexperienced participants can take part in a Model United Nations for the first time. For experienced students, it is also regarded a great opportunity to prepare themselves for bigger international MUNs. Hence, both experienced and inexperienced delegates are welcome.
The UNiGMUN in January 2013 will host one committee: The United Nations Security Council on the agenda "Kashmir conflict".
See our website for more detailed information regarding the committee, the delegations, agenda items, accommodation and program, and venue of the UNiGMUN 2013. If you have further questions about the UNiGMUN 2013 or MUNs in general, feel free to contact us via email@example.com.
UNiGMUN 2013 Team
The 6th UNiGMUN
The 6th UNiGMUN took place from May 20th -22th 2011 in Berlin.
It was a great success! Thanks to all participants!
The Security Council mandated to maintain peace and security, was concerned with theConflicts over Natural Resources.