Dialogue instead of conflict: Witten/Herdecke University students advocate for international dialogue at the National Model United Nations conference in New York
In times when nationalism and isolationism arising again and conflict lines are hardening, strengthening international dialogue is all the more important. The war in Ukraine is a particular reminder of this.
The Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft is committed to an open dialogue. For this reason, we are supporting a delegation of students from Witten/Herdecke University at the National Model United Nations Conference (NMUN), which will take place in New York from April 3 to 7.
The delegation of Witten/Herdecke University will represent the Arab Republic of Egypt at the Model United Nations Conference. The students will take on the role of international UN delegates in a simulation. They will debate current issues of international politics in panels and committees, negotiate multilateral compromises as well as treaties and pass resolutions.
The simulation develops knowledge and skills of diplomacy, negotiation, critical thinking, compromise/finding, public speaking, writing, and research. Daily global issues are discussed in over 20 different committees. In the process, delegates put themselves in the shoes of an assigned country to represent its interests, intergovernmental cooperation, and cultural background.
It is precisely this ability to change perspectives and find solutions despite sometimes conflicting interests that needs to be fostered. In a subsequent report, the students will summarize what insights they have gained from the change of perspective for the international dialogue in the future.
The National Model United Nations Conference in New York is the world's largest and oldest ongoing university-based Model UN conference with participants from more than 130 UN member states.
For further information on the cooperation partnership, please contact Matthias Weber: firstname.lastname@example.org