The second Duisburg-Essen Model United Nations (DuEMUN) Conference took place on the first weekend of July 2006. Round about 60 students of the university participated successfully at the simulation of the United Nations Security Council and the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN).

The event took place under the patronage of Mr. Adolf Sauerland, the mayor of the city of Duisburg. Distinguished guests like Mr. Mingde Shi, deputy chief of the Chinese embassy in Berlin, were invited to attend the opening ceremony. Mr. Shi himself participated in the simulation as the guest of honor. He gave the audience and the delegates a survey of Chinese foreign policy and engaged in a challenging discussion with the young diplomats during the joint session of the Security Council and the ASEAN.

Further guests were Founding Rector Prof. Dr. Lothar Zechlin and Mr. Winfried Mengelkamp, Head of the Group for International Cooperation in the Ministry for Intergenerational Affairs, Family, Women and Integration in Düsseldorf.

The three-day simulation was characterized by intensive negotiations. While the Security Council articulated a unanimous statement towards the Iran question, the ASEAN discussed the political situation in Myanmar. The fact that Myanmar is a member of the ASEAN made the consensus building difficult. Nevertheless, a resolution was approved.

The participating students obtained a feel for diplomacy and consensus building in the course of the conference. The young diplomats applied their newly acquired skills and experiences to bring forward the discussions in their committees.

The student initiative DuEMUN is planning – like in spring 2006 – to participate at the National MUN in New York and at the World MUN in Geneva. Further projects will certainly follow.