WorldMUN 2010 in Taipei

Impressions from my first Harvard WorldMUN:
Something I have never done before, and something I would ever do again

It has been a long trip from Germany, enjoying a 4-day stopover in Hong Kong, as I finally
arrived on the beautiful island of Taiwan. It was someday in March, I stepped out of Taipei
International Airport and the final goal of being part of the Harvard WorldMUN 2010 was just lying before me.

A feeling of anticipation and excitement captured me. I was certain; the next days will be full of new experiences.

But what does it mean to participate in a WorldMUN?

About 2000 students from universities all around the world meet in one city for one week to spend an awesome time between political discussions and fun parties, organized by one of the top universities in the world – Harvard University. About 50 universities send at least one country delegation, or assign participants to represent organizations like amnesty international in order to debate political issues on the international agenda. In 2010 the LMU delegation was honored to represent the State of Israel.

I represented the Israeli delegate in the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (UNCND). This committee is part of one of the main bodies of the UN – the ECOSOC. The UNCND provides guidance to the 53 Member States in areas dealing with drug-related matters. Over the four days of the WorldMUN conference several committee sessions – that run under rules of parliamentary procedure – are held. During the sessions the delegates have to communicate their countries’ policy and to work together in order to finally hand in draft resolutions. The UNCND was dealing with the problem of Narco-Terrorism, especially trying to find solutions to the problem of money laundering and weapons trafficking. We had a though resolution process with very talented and ambitious delegates wanting to implement their ideas into the working papers and draft resolutions. To combine several different or even contradicting opinions and convictions from nations with various cultural backgrounds to one effective and efficient resolution is the greatest challenge for every committee. At the end of the WorldMUN conference the whole committee votes on the introduced draft resolutions and generally adopts just one document that addresses the issue discussed.

At the end of the conference we had been very successful – our delegation won two
diplomacy awards. To put our success in relative terms, in 2010 LMU did as good as Oxford University. Single delegate Thimo received one award for his excellent work in the UNHCR and Sarah and Frederike, who represented the Israeli double delegation in the Historical General Assembly, won the second award for the LMU delegation.

Being part of the LMU Harvard WorldMUN delegation is an excellent way to improve one’s negotiation skills, to further develop rhetorical skills and to participate in a solution making process with students from all around the world. Moreover, it is a great way to broaden one’s perspective on a variety of international political issues.

The organizational, creative, and personal skills that I could learn at WorldMUN will certainly be useful for my future. Harvard WorldMUN was a great opportunity to take part in a global conference of this magnitude. My expectance has not been disappointed.

Harvard WorldMUN has been a unique experience, it was something I have never done before, and something I would ever do again.

Laura Weinhold