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Welcome Message MUIMUN 2018

Haile Menkerios

Patron MUIMUN 2018

Special Representatitve of the United Nations Secretary-General to the African Union

Welcome Message MUIMUN 2018

Dr. Christoph Heusgen

Permanent Representative of Germany of the United Nations

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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

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 (
  • 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
  • Deadlines and timetable: here

Any further questions?


FAQ or contact



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:


Michael Seckler: A Career at the United Nations

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.


Biography/ 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.



Dr. Ursula Schäfer-Preuss: Women’s Economic Empowerment

Under the headline of "Turning promises  into actio: gender equality in the 2030 Agenda" this workshop will focus on empowering women  economically by including women's access to economical ressources and reducing women's danger of living in poverty.  We will concentrate on achieving gender equality in the context of the 2030 agenda by analysing women's role in efforts to achieve the targets and goals of 2030 and ensure sustainable development for the benefits of all genders.


Dr. Schäfer-Preuss is an economist engaging amongst others for women's empowernment, children's rights, human development and the change of our global environment. She became Chair of the Global Water Partnership after  being Vice President of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for Knowledgde and Sustainable Development. Currently, she is vice-chair of the German National Commitee for UN Women.



Prof. Udo Steinbach: The United Nations in the Middle East

Prof. Udo Steinbach is an Emeritus Professor of Contemporary Near- and Middle East Studies, he held teaching positions at the University of Hamburg and the University of Marburg. From 1976 to 2007 he was director of the German Orient-Institute (DOI) in Berlin and co-founded the Governance Center Middle East/North Africa at the Humboldt-Viadrina School of Governance in 2009. He is a founding director of the German Institute of Global and Area Studies. Steinbachs research includes the Middle East in the international system, Political Islam, Relations of the European Union and the Middle East and he is especially known for his work on the Republic of Turkey and the Islamic Republic of Iran.


The workshop will focus on several conflicts in the Middle East and their relations to the United Nations. Prof. Steinbach will include the Syrian war, the Saudi Arabian Offensive in Yemen, the Palestinian Situation and recent developments in Turkey and Iran. The workshop will focus on mutually developing possible solutions for the different scenarios.



Henning Höber: Negotiation Skills

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 psychologyof 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 studies.

The workshop is limited to 20 participants and requires the willingness to actively negotiate with a randomly assigned counterpart during the session. 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.


Antje Paulsen: Approaches to a World Without Hunger - Humanitarian aid on Site: the Work and Structure of an International Organisation (the Welthungerhilfe)

In this workshop you will work on the second Sustainable Development Goal from an organisational point of view from the German aid for world hunger (=Welthungerhilfe) and on reducing world hunger. Amongst other, you will learn about the freedom and hunger committee, the rome institution on hunger issues and food security and will also focus on the cooperation of the German aif dor world hunger with  (sub-) committees of the United Nations, including the Wolrd Health Organization.


Antje Paulsen is the Senior Advisor of the Global LearningTeam Policy and External Relations at the Welthungerhilfe.


Marc Stallony: Idea-Mining; Sustainability

Idea-Mining is a specially designed workshop for finding creative solutions. You will be part of an interdisciplinary team in order to successfully face problems and challenges of today. You will find creative and effective solutions for development without being limited too early resultion in creating new concepts. Idea-Mining is a creative way to experience interdisciplinary teamwork and broadening your (political) results-orientated horizon.


Marc Stollony is the Project Manager of Idea-Mining. He concentrates on statistics, research, data analysis and interculural communication.





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 “Cuba Nova“. (address: Achtermannstraße 10, 48143 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

2018: Haile Menkerios

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Haile Menkerios of South Africa as the new Head of the United Nations Office to the African Union (UNOAU) and Special Representative to the African Union, at the level of Under Secretary General, on 01 July 2013.


USG Menkerios, brings to the position extensive experience in African issues and with the UN. Prior to his appointment as Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan, in July 2011, USG Menkerious was the Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Mission in Sudan since 01 March 2010, prior to which he served as Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs (2007-2010).


He also served as Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the Democratic Republic of Congo (2005-2007), Director of the Africa 1 Division in the Department of Political Affairs (2003-2005) and Senior Adviser to the Special Envoy of the Secretary- General to the Inter-Congolese Dialogue (2002).


From 1991 to 2000, Mr. Menkerios represented the government of Eritrea in various capacities, including as Ambassador to Ethiopia and the Organization of African Unity, Special Envoy to Somalia and to the Great Lakes region; and as Permanent Representative to the United Nations.


Welcome Message to MUIMUN 2018



Early Bird Offer: 69€

(Ends: December 31, limited to 50 participants)

Regular Conference Fee: 89€

Delegation Discount Fee: 79€

(4 or more delegates, Please contact our Delegates' Service to receive an individual discount code for your delegation)





Our conference fee 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 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.



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