Conference

Time Schedule

Committees

Still a World Away? - The Elusive Pursuit of Equality

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Disarmament and International Security Committee (DISEC)
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Economic and Financial (ECOFIN)
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Security Council (UNSC) – Advanced!
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The International Criminal Court (ICC) – Advanced!
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League of Nations – Historical Committee
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Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe (CEPAL) – Spanish Language!
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United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP)
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United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
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Get ready for MUIMUN

Do I need a visa?

In general, most Non-EU citizens (or Non-Schengen citizens) require a visa to stay in Germany. Please check if you need a visa here.

Please note that there are visa fees, which have to be covered by you.

 

In order to receive a visa, you need to fill in an application form, which you can find on the website of the Federal Foreign Office. You need to hand in this application form together with all the necessary documents in person at your German consulate or embassy. For more information about visa requirements and procedure, visit the website of the German Federal Office here.

Do I need an invitation letter?

Eventually you will need an invitation letter from us for your visa. In order to hand these out, we need the following information:

  • Your full name
  • Your gender
  • Your passport number
  • Your birth date
  • A scan of your passport
  • A scan of your student ID (or a similar document validating that you are enrolled in a university programme)

 

Please send all required information and documents in one Email to delegates@muimun.org

What do I bring to the conference?

  1. Valid Passport or ID according to the regulations
  2. Money: Make sure to bring enough Euros to cover for your breakfast, dinner and drinks at the evening events. In the registration fee included are lunches, coffee breaks and entry for our social events. ATMs are available in many nearby places.
  3. Clothing:
  • The dress code during the session is formal (European business attire or business attire from your home country).

European business attire includes:

  • Men are expected to wear a suit with a tie and women are expected to wear a suit or a dress.
  • Shoes should be formal as well.
  • However, we are a students’ conference, we are aware that not everyone might have full business attire to their disposal, if you are not certain, feel free to contact the Delegates’ Service (delegates@muimun.org).
  • During the evening events you can wear whatever you feel comfortable in.
  • At the Global Village Party, you may wear a typical dress representing your home country.
  • A rain coat or waterproof jacket and umbrella are recommended as Münster is famous for being rather rainy in the spring.

How do I prepare myself?

• Read the study guide (you can find the right one on the site of your committee)

• Research your committee topic and your country position thoroughly.

• Position paper: two-page paper about the general position of your assigned country. Find an example here

• Read up on our Rules of Procedure ; note there will also be a short workshop in the beginning

Workshops

Among our main goals is to promote and convey a deeper understanding of the United Nations and international politics. Thus, one afternoon of the conference is reserved for our workshop programme “MUIMUN meets experts”. You will get the chance to meet professionals from the field and approach international politics from a different angle.

 

Our workshops for the next conference will be:

WORKSHOP 1)

“Explore a career with the United Nations”

Michael Seckler, United Nations Regional Information Center Bonn

 

During this workshop we will take a look at a variety of ways to join the United Nations workforce, ranging from internships to entry-level programs like the YPP- or JPO-program. Next to a general overview on the working conditions at the United Nations (professional fields, career prospects, salary, core values and competencies), the workshop will also entail concrete information and exercises regarding the UN-application process.

 

CV: Michael Seckler works as Junior Professional Officer (JPO) in Public Information for the United Nations Regional Information Centre (UNRIC) in Bonn. He holds a joint degree from the University of Aarhus and University of Amsterdam in „Journalism, Media and Globalization“. Before joining the United Nations, Michael has worked for several media outlets and, most recently, the Communication Department of the European Commission in Brussels.

WORKSHOP 2)

"The Common Security and Defence Policy of the European Union – a case study"

Swen Heinrichs, European External Action Service, Brussels

 

The European Union has always prided itself as the best soft power in the world. However, the idea that Europe is an exclusively “civilian power” does not do justice to an evolving reality. For Europe, soft and hard power should go hand in hand.

The workshop will try to impart basic knowledge on the European External Action Service and the Common Security and Defence Policy of the European Union as well as on its currently evolving concept from a Comprehensive to an Integrated Approach.

A case study on the EU's engagement to support the Central African Republic recovering from its latest crisis of 2013 aims to prove that European soft and hard power could go hand in hand in crisis management.

 

CV: LTC Swen Heinrichs is currently working as a Policy Officer in the Integrated Strategic Planning Division of the Crisis Management and Planning Directorate of the European External Action Service in Brussels, Belgium. In 1994 he joined the German Military Police. During his long carreer he passed both the German and French War College and has been assigned to several posts on tactical, operational and strategic level. LTC Swen Heinrichs has served in mission on the Balkans and in Afghanistan.

He holds a Master Degree in History. LTC Swen Heinrichs is married and has three children.

WORKSHOP 3)

„Gender in the UN – Theory and Practice”

Anette Schwitzke, German Armed Forces General Staff College

 

In the workshop we will start with an introduction to key gender concepts and look at the development of the policy framework of women, peace and security in the UN. The interactive part of the workshop will focus on integrating a gender perspective into a UN Peacekeeping Mission, from the first analysis, to planning, monitoring and reporting. I am looking forward to taking your questions and specific interests into consideration.

 

CV: Anette Schwitzke has been working with the German Armed Forces at the General Staff College on “Gender in international missions” for three years. She worked as a Peacebuilding Advisor in Afghanistan and is currently working for the Federal international volunteer service “weltwaerts”. Anette holds an MA in Conflict Resolution from the University of Bradford and is currently studying towards an MA in Nonprofit Management at the University of Münster.

WORKSHOP 4)

“Ethical and technical standards in disaster response and Table Top Exercise: Constructing a Refugee Camp”

Armin Tretner, German Red Cross

 

During this workshop, participants will be introduced to the standards and work ethics that the Red Cross applies in their international humanitarian aid missions. With the help of a model of a refugee camp, the participants are then offered a hands-on experience that will confront them with the practical daily challenges of humanitarian aid groups. The table top exercise will cover legal, political and practical aspects in planning and running facilities for refugees in a humanitarian crisis area.

 

CV: Armin Tretner, born in 1972, joined the Red Cross at the age of only 17. Since 2000 he has been a professional working with the Red Cross, focusing on national disaster preparedness and relief. He joined several international missions, among which a humanitarian mission during the Ruanda crisis, and several aid transports in Eastern Europe and natural disaster struck regions. Since the official liaison between the German Red Cross and the 1 German Netherlands Corps of NATO, he has increasingly focused on Civil-Military Cooperation and has taken advisory roles as a subject matter expert and lecturer ever since.

WORKSHOP 5)

“Negotiation Skills”

Henning Höber, Münster University

 

Negotiations are a recurring part of both our private and professional lives. But many of us – and even experienced political leaders – know little about the strategies, tactics and applied psychology of effective bargaining. The workshop is designed as a crash course in basic and intermediate negotiation techniques, based on the proven methods of leading law schools and business schools. Participants will explore distributive and integrative bargaining tactics in two highly interactive simulations. These role plays enable them to experience the essential concepts and pitfalls of negotiation first-hand and reflect upon their performance during the debriefing of the case studies.The workshop is limited to 30 participants and requires the willingness to actively negotiate with a randomly assigned counterpart during the session.

 

CV: Henning Höber is a lecturer in negotiations and dispute resolution at the Universities of Münster and Paderborn. In addition, he is currently completing a part-time PhD program in management at the University of St. Gallen. As part of his studies, he was a researcher at several leading business schools in Europe and the Americas. Prior to his graduate studies in business administration and economics in Germany and Mexico, Henning spent two years in Barcelona, working in the shipping and insurance sectors.

WORKSHOP 6)

“Introduction to Design Thinking as a creative problem-solving approach”

Marian Turowski, Hasso Plattner Institute Potsdam

 

The workshop has the goal to introduce its participants to Design Thinking, which currently becomes increasingly popular in companies and organizations as a tool to solve complex problems and to create innovations. After a short presentation of this creative problem-solving process, the workshop participants apply Design Thinking step by step to an introductory problem. That way, the participants experience each step in the Design Thinking process and learn how Design Thinking can help to create solutions that address human needs. Based on these first experiences with Design Thinking, we then discuss how we could make use of Design Thinking in the context of equality and other challenges of world politics. In doing so, we develop approaches to complex problems that make us find human-centered solutions.

 

CV: Marian Turowski studied Industrial Engineering and Management at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Virginia Tech, and the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. During his school days, he came into contact with the United Nations for the first time when he participated and got involved in the Schüler-Planspiel United Nations, the oldest German-speaking Model United Nations conference. During his studies at KIT, Marian also studied Design Thinking at the D.School of the Hasso Plattner Institute in Potsdam. Because of its human-centered approach, Design Thinking left a lasting impression on him and ultimately made him become a freelance Design Thinking coach.

Socials

Socials (for the exact starting times etc. please check also the delegates’ handbook and the schedule )

 

1. Champagne reception

After the opening ceremony, a champagne reception is held to celebrate the beginning of an intense week full of debates, socials and MUIMUN fun.

 

When? The champagne corks are popped on the first evening. Non-alcoholic options and little snacks are offered as well.

Where? The champagne reception takes place in the foyer of the main building of Münster University the Schloss. (Schloss is the German word for castle.)

 

2. Global Village Party

One of the many reasons to join MUIMUN is its outstanding and colourful Global Village Party. Delegates from over 40 nations share traditional food, music and clothing from their home countries. It is a wonderful chance to experience an evening with very special international flair.

• Everyone is invited to bring food from their home countries. Unfortunately, beverages are not allowed.

• To make the experience extra special you are welcome to dress up in clothes typical for your country or to dress in something that represents you country in any other way (for Germans it could be a football jersey etc.)

• You may also bring music that is typical for your home country.

 

When? The Global Village Party takes place on the second day of conference.

Where? At the “Elephant Lounge“ in the heart of the cobblestoned antique city centre of Münster. (address: Roggenmarkt 15, 48153 Münster)

 

3. Münster MUN-Pubquiz

Do you want to test your general knowledge and compete in teams in a cozy and relaxed atmosphere? Then come to our pub quiz, enjoy some drinks with your fellow delegates while having the chance to win a special price at the end of the evening.

 

When? Our quiz masters are awaiting you on the third evening of the conference.

Where? At „Café Uferlos“ just next door to the university dining hall, close to Münster’s beautiful lake “Aasee”. (address: Bismarckallee 11, 48151 Münster)

 

4. Nightwatchman Tour

Rumour has it that there are some creatures strolling around the old parts of town during the night to protect the citizens of Münster. If you would like to explore the city and its historical sights at night, come and join the nightwatchmen with their patrol.

 

When? The nightwatchmen are expecting you on the fourth night of the conference.

Where? The starting point of the patrol is the old town hall right in the city centre.

 

5. Pub Crawl

Right after this short trip into the history of Münster we will take you back to present. In the old parts of town you can also strengthen yourself with a cold drink and snack while exploring the lively pub scene, where students like to spend their evenings.

 

When? Having finished the patrol successfully we will proceed with the pub crawl.

Where? Meeting point is on the market place, the square next to the cathedral (Domplatz).

 

6. Farewell Party

At the end of a fruitful week of discussions it is now time to say goodbye and celebrate together  before everyone is spreading out into different directions. Let’s celebrate the MUIMUN spirit one last time!

 

When? Last evening of the conference

Where? At the „Gazelle-Club“ near the main station (address: Servatiiplatz 1, 48143 Münster).

 

 

Our Patrons

2017: U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi

Filippo Grandi became the 11th United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees on 1 January 2016. He was elected by the UN General Assembly to serve a five-year term, until 31 December 2020.

 

As High Commissioner, he heads one of the world’s largest humanitarian organizations. UNHCR has twice won the Nobel Peace Prize.  Its 15,000-strong workforce spans 128 countries providing protection and assistance to nearly 60 million refugees, returnees, internally displaced people and stateless persons. Some 88 per cent of UNHCR staff work in the field, often in difficult and dangerous duty stations. The organization's needs-based budget for 2017 is US$7.3 billion.

 

Before being elected High Commissioner, Grandi had been engaged in international cooperation for over 30 years, focusing on refugee and humanitarian work. He served as Commissioner-General of the UN Agency for Palestine refugees, UNRWA, from 2010 to 2014, after having been the organization’s Deputy Commissioner-General since 2005. Prior to that, Grandi served as Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in Afghanistan, following a long career first with NGOs and later with UNHCR in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and at the organization’s Geneva headquarters.

 

Grandi was born in Milan in 1957. He holds a degree in modern history from the State University in Milan, a BA in Philosophy from the Gregorian University in Rome, as well as an honorary doctorate from the University of Coventry

 

 

 

Fees

Early Bird Offer: 79€

Regular Conference Fee: 94€

Delegation Discount Fee (4 or more delegates): 84€

 

Conditions

Our conference fee of 79€/94€ includes

  • A 5-day high-quality MUN conference
  • Four lunches (Sunday-Wednesday)
  • Coffee, tea, biscuits and cake during the coffee breaks of conference; water, coffee and tea are offered at all times
  • An original, high-quality MUIMUN conference bag for each delegate
  • Free entrance to our social events, including two parties, a nightwatchman tour (historical city tour) and a pub quiz
  • A free edition of our daily conference magazine Westphalian Diplomat

 

Other costs, such as travel expenses and accommodation are not included.

For further information do not hesitate to contact us.

 

Payment

Payment will be processed by paypal or bank transfer. Should you encounter any problems, please contact us, we are glad to assist you.

International students facing financial problems are invited to inform themselves about our scholarship programme.

 

 

The MUIMUN Conference is hosted by:

The non-profit Münster MUN e. V. (German registered association) supports the MUIMUN project actively, especially with a staff (the volontarily working MUIMUN organization team) and ideally. Additionally, it also helps in funding the project which is made possible by the following supporters:

 

Socials (for the exact starting times etc. please check also the delegates’ handbook and the schedule )

 

1. Champagne reception

After the opening ceremony, a champagne reception is held to celebrate the beginning of an intense week full of debates, socials and MUIMUN fun.

 

When? The champagne corks are popped on the first evening. Non-alcoholic options and little snacks are offered as well.

Where? The champagne reception takes place in the foyer of the main building of Münster University the Schloss. (Schloss is the German word for castle.)

 

2. Global Village Party

One of the many reasons to join MUIMUN is its outstanding and colourful Global Village Party. Delegates from over 40 nations share traditional food, music and clothing from their home countries. It is a wonderful chance to experience an evening with very special international flair.

• Everyone is invited to bring food from their home countries. Unfortunately, beverages are not allowed.

• To make the experience extra special you are welcome to dress up in clothes typical for your country or to dress in something that represents you country in any other way (for Germans it could be a football jersey etc.)

• You may also bring music that is typical for your home country.

 

When? The Global Village Party takes place on the second day of conference.

Where? At the “Elephant Lounge“ in the heart of the cobblestoned antique city centre of Münster. (address: Roggenmarkt 15, 48153 Münster)

 

3. Münster MUN-Pubquiz

Do you want to test your general knowledge and compete in teams in a cozy and relaxed atmosphere? Then come to our pub quiz, enjoy some drinks with your fellow delegates while having the chance to win a special price at the end of the evening.

 

When? Our quiz masters are awaiting you on the third evening of the conference.

Where? At „Café Uferlos“ just next door to the university dining hall, close to Münster’s beautiful lake “Aasee”. (address: Bismarckallee 11, 48151 Münster)

 

4. Nightwatchman Tour

Rumour has it that there are some creatures strolling around the old parts of town during the night to protect the citizens of Münster. If you would like to explore the city and its historical sights at night, come and join the nightwatchmen with their patrol.

 

When? The nightwatchmen are expecting you on the fourth night of the conference.

Where? The starting point of the patrol is the old town hall right in the city centre.

 

5. Pub Crawl

Right after this short trip into the history of Münster we will take you back to present. In the old parts of town you can also strengthen yourself with a cold drink and snack while exploring the lively pub scene, where students like to spend their evenings.

 

When? Having finished the patrol successfully we will proceed with the pub crawl.

Where? Meeting point is on the market place, the square next to the cathedral (Domplatz).

 

6. Farewell Party

At the end of a fruitful week of discussions it is now time to say goodbye and celebrate together  before everyone is spreading out into different directions. Let’s celebrate the MUIMUN spirit one last time!

 

When? Last evening of the conference

Where? At the „Gazelle-Club“ near the main station (address: Servatiiplatz 1, 48143 Münster).