Students from Coburg University represented the West African Republic Mali at the National Model United Nations (NMUN) in New York. For the first time they received two awards for their work.
Imagine standing in the General Assembly hall of the United Nations and getting a warm applause from 1000 fellow delegates: This happened for 14 students from Coburg who took part in the NMUN. They received the award “Honorable Mention Delegation”. Additionally, the position paper from Tamara Tries and Carmen Groß was honored as excellent.
During the conference in New York the group intensely worked on representing Mali in different committees. They held speeches in front of hundreds of fellow delegates and worked to write UN resolutions – all in English.
At NMUN students learn about how the United Nations functions by representing a country that is not their home country. To understand the political situation they have to do research and contact members of the nation they are representing. They also practice their negotiating skills.
The students from Coburg were supervised by Prof. Dr. Claudia Lohrenscheidt (Department of Social Work and Health), Barney Craven (Academic Center for Sciences and Humanities / Language Center), Veronika Freise (International Office) and two students who took part in the NMUN last year.