A busy schedule

Our colleagues in New York have had a busy schedule so far. They have visited the office of the International Crisis Group, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF , the Population Council, the Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations, the UN Department of Peace Keeping Operations, the office of the German Broadcaster ZDF and the NGO “Working Group Women, Peace and Security” to conduct interviews with experts as a preparation for their representation of India in NMUN.

Also attending NMUN, even though not for DuEMUN is Raj Schneider, who was a participant in the IV. Duisburg Essen Model United Nations in 2008. Raj will represent Brazil in the World Trade Organisation as reported in the local newspaper RP

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The NMUN Delegation of the University of Duisburg-Essen in front of the sculpture “Non-Violence” nearby the United Nations.

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The German House, THE address for German citizens in New York City. The students visited the Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations and met the local spokesman of the political department. With whom they discussed, inter alia, the Security Council reform and the prospects for Germany and India to get a permanent seat.

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Everybody has heard of the blue helmets of the UN and the worldwide missions of the UN. Who plans these missions and where merge all the informations from around the world? This is what the students got to know during their visit to the “situation center” of the DPKO, as well as a deep insight into the work of the UN Department.

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Sarah Taylor, director of the NGO “Working Group on Women, Peace and Security”, discussed with the students, inter alia, about the theme “The role of women in peace-building”. Following well-known NGOs are committed in the “Working Group on Women, Peace and Security”: Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and International Alert.

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One of the most famous ZDF correspondents (including Washington, 1995-99) and newscaster of the news broadcast “heute” (1999-2003) gave the students the honor and gladly answered their questions. He is the new head of the ZDF office in New York, thus the students talked to him about the press work of the new UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and on the exchange of information between the ZDF and the country delegations in the UN.

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The students of the University of Duisburg-Essen visited one of the largest, if not the largest think tanks in the field of conflict prevention and resolution in the U.S., prior to the conference. The Head of the Regional Department for Asia in New York, Robert “Bob” Templer, welcomed the students and gave them an overview of the situation in Asia and India.