What is a MUN?
In a Model United Nations, students take over the roles of delegates in a UN Committee. They perform like their delegate's nation would do and try to act in their nation's interest. ViaMUN has often performed the UN Security Council in which delegates bargain a resolution about a designated topic.
ViaMUN-participants get prepared with workshops and presentations about the Rules of Procedure, Resolution Writing, the respective UN Body and “How to be a Delegate”. During the conference they hear expert speakers who provide valuable insight into the MUN-topic. However, they need to hand in a policy paper of about one page describing “their” state’s approach towards the conflict. In the evenings, we offer voluntary sozializing events like barbecues, parties, dinners etc.
For the meals/sozialising/copy costs etc. every student has to pay a conference fee of € 30,–. Conference language is English.
Due to our cooperations with all faculties, with our ViaMUN-conference it is possible to achieve ECTS-points. Please contact us for more information.
ViaMUN 2016: War on Drugs
In our 2016 conference the war on drugs between North and South America was in focus. Drug trafficking constitutes a serious threat to international peace and security in the 21st century and can only be prevented and defeated if the international community takes comprehensive, effective and coordinated action to counter it. The debates during this session of the Security Council were aiming to build upon the already existing comprehensive framework for such action namely the three international drug control conventions which constitute the cornerstone of the international drug control system. Unfortunately, no consensus was found and the drafted resolution wasn’t adopted.
To provide the Security Council Members with all necessary skills and information, we invited Dr. Robert Frau (European University Viadrina) to talk about the tasks of Security Council and held a workshop on the rules of procedure. Furthermore, we had the pleasure to welcome Dr. Thomas Pietschmann who is working for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and who delivered interesting insights into his research.
ViaMUN 2015: www.terrorism.MUN – Tackling Terrorist Networks
Never has terrorism been as globalized as nowadays: Terrorist groups recruit their members via YouTube videos, cyber-attacks are on the daily programme and terrorist acts reach the whole world immediately via media. Terrorists are building up their networks and are connected globally which poses a great danger to states' security. Thus, the United Nations Security Council should talk about: How can states stop this development?
The aim of this seminar was 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. Delegates discussed issues concerning cyber security, terrorism but also individual rights in the Security Council. Their goal was to provide an internationally negotiated and unified resolution to the conflict discussed. Workshops on the first days prepared the delegates for the debate. Lectures held during the seminar by invited experts complemented the simulation and provided the participants with additional information.
ViaMUN 2014: Maritime Border Conflicts in the China Seas
The 2014 conference simulated the UNSC with two delegates per state. Two resolutions have been adopted.
The debate's topic was set broad, so various conflicts between different states could be discussed. The ViaMUN team presented two select conflicts in the pre-conference Study Guide: Senkaku/Diaoyutai Islands (between Japan and China) and the Nansha/Spratley-Islands (between Brunei, China, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam). During the debate, topics were switched several times and different conflicts from the presented were discussed.
As optional pre-programme for participants, the ViaMUN-team organized a visit to the Federal Foreign Office of Germany (Auswärtiges Amt) on Friday 13 June, 11 am. Diplomatic personnel there presented on the topic of “Comparing Model United Nations and the work in the real United Nations”.
The programme of the conference included (apart from the actual debates): Introductory workshops on the Rules of Procedure and how to write a resolution on Monday, Welcoming words by Dr. Gunter Pleuger (former German diplomat and president of Europe University Viadrina) and expert lectures on the background of the conflict, social events in the evenings such as a barbecue at the bank of the Oder-river and delegate's party.
ViaMUN 2013: Security Council Session on the Syrian Civil War
In our 2013 conference, we focussed on the Syrian Civil War, that was escalating the whole preparation time and still during the conference. Even our planned "crisis" with the use of chemical weapons within the conflict was outrunned by reality just a few weeks before the start of our conference. Because there was so much action, we prepared additional information from various press sources only days before the conference. After hard bargaining, finally one resolution has been adopted.
ViaMUN@BEST-Sabel 2013: Security Council Session on the Syrian Civil War
We repeated the 2013 conference at the BEST-Sabel School in Berlin. Our organizing body and staff remained basically the same, as were the conference papers that were handed out to the students. Though, it was very interesting to see how different bodys of delegates dealt differently with the same topic.
ViaMUN 2012: Regional Instability in Eastern Africa
The 2012 conference was our first attempt on simulating two Councils parallel: We chose to host the UNSC and the UNHRC on the same topic. Because the delegates discussed the back then very current topics of piracy and failing states (with special focus to Somalia) in two different councils with to different aims and agendas, there was plenty interaction even in between the two deciding bodies.
The two councils adopted several resolutions, including ones that called the other council to act. In the end, a final resolution draft within the UNSC was vetoed by the Russion delegation (which was in turn voted to be the best delegation of the MUN).
ViaMUN 2011: The Korean Conflict
Korea is one of the countries still openly suffering from the cold-war-era: Like Germany 20 years ago, it is divided into a capitalist and a communist part. Like the former divided Germany, both parts are member of the UN, but a peaceful solution of the conflict seems most far away in this war-torn country. War can break out again literally every day – and the DPRK (the northern, “communist” part) claims to be a nuclear power…
The conference mainly focused on sanctions against the DPRK and nuclear proliferation. In the end, the UNSC adopted a resolution that also aimed for a renewal of the peace-process in the region.
The 2010 ViaMUN UNSC focussed on the Nuclear Program of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
In 2009 the ViaMUN UNHRC tackled the ever-hot topic of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict with a special focus on the Human Rights situation in this torn middle-east region.
ViaMUN 2008 let the UNSC deal with issues of Nuclear Terrorism in Southern Asia.
2007 was the only year that ViaMUN simulated the ECOSOC: It talked about International Migration and Development.
The ViaMUN UNSC of 2006 discussed the Situation in Iran
The first ViaMUN took place in 2005; its topic was the Situation in Congo, dealt with by the UNSC.