Hurricanes, melting glaciers, rising sea levels, summer heat and mild winters, these are the signs of global warming and climate change. It's about time to find concrete solutions. This year's Model United Nations Conference of Munich (MunoM), was a kind of small scale world climate summit. It was held at the ESM and in the premises of the European Patent Office from the 10th to 13th November 2015.
About 420 students from all over Europe, and also from Turkey and Saudi Arabia, participated in the conference, had group discussion and drafted resolutions on the theme of "Global Warming and the Use of Green Energy".
In the simulation game Model United Nations (MUN), the participants take on the roles of delegates of the United Nations. In simulated committees, such as the Security Council or the General Assembly, they debate on international issues, negotiate compromises and adopt resolutions.
However, this conference was not about pure simulation as the participants were very well prepared, disposed over comprehensive knowledge regarding economic, political, environmental and social aspects, and committed all their expertise and efforts to participate as delegates of various countries in the discussion. Sometimes a whole hour was used to discuss one word for an amendment as they took the implications of such a word very seriously and were aware of the impact this could have on a global scale. English was used as main language.
"The sense of initiative and entrepreneurship" is one of the key competences for lifelong learning and as such one of our cornerstones for further school development. In this respect, MunoM is an integral part of our school.
A big thank you goes to the co-organising teachers Jasper Nederbragt, Kieran Kiely, Philip Allen and Reiner Hoffmann and all students who helped to organise and conduct this highly successful event.
We are looking forward to next time!