Viadrina Model United Nations

Viadrina Model United Nations

ViaMUN 2017: Race to the North Pole

Due to climate change, the ice of the Arctic region around the North Pole is shrinking constantly and studies predict that more and more regions in the north will become (seasonally) ice-free. This development will make it easier to mine natural resources in place and will let commercial interests grow dramatically. Until now, most part of the Arctic are not owned by any country and the five neighboring countries Canada, Russia, USA, Norway, and Denmark are limited to an exclusive economic zone of 200 nautic miles adjacent to their coasts. However, these countries started projects to launch claims to extend their territory. This will have decisive economic, environmental, and security implications for the Arctic region in the future and must, therefore, be solved conjointly. The Viadrina Model United Nations Security Council will tackle the problem and try to turn versatile and multilateral input from fruitful discussions into a resolution.

The aim of this seminar is to give students the opportunity to experience how diplomacy works and how it may help to solve international conflicts but also what its limitations are. They will have the opportunity to act as delegates (two students per state) to the UN Security Council in the 2017 simulation of the “Viadrina Model United Nations”. The goal of the council members will be to provide an internationally negotiated and unified resolution to the conflict discussed. Workshops on the first days will prepare the delegates for debate. Lectures held by invited experts will complement the simulation and provide the participants with additional information.

The deadline for online applications will be 30th April 2017.

ViaMUN 2017: Apply now!

Applications are now online for ViaMUN 2017! You can apply now!

Applications are open until 30th April 2017.