At this year's 16th MUNoM Conference, a topic that is of great interest to both world politics and students today was at the top of the agenda: Sustainability. MUNoM stands for Model United Nations of Munich and is an international conference where students slip into the roles of delegates from different countries to debate and work on content for four days. From the very beginning, it became clear that the buzzword of sustainability inspires many discussions.
At the opening ceremony on 12 November at the Hans Seidel Foundation, Nellie Simon, Vice-President of the European Patent Office, (left in the picture next to Maggie Banatte-Schuster) spoke about sustainability and technical progress. MUNoM Secretary General Lisa Cunney pointed out the different types of sustainability: Not only the environmental aspects, but also economic, political and social sustainability should be a topic at MUNoM. After motivating speeches by Christian Waedt, who supervises and organises MUNoM as a teacher, and ESM Director Anton Hrovath, Martin Geilhufe of BUND Naturschutz in Bayern, once again drew attention to the urgency of the topic.
With these thought-provoking impulses the pupils, who had travelled from many countries, threw themselves into the committee work. MUNoM is more simulation than game, the conference imitates the model of the UN General Assembly relatively close. The goals are to convey a realistic picture of political processes, to arouse interest in topics, to develop arguments and to train debating.
This year the MUNoM Conference again ended with many successfully adopted resolutions. The European School Munich and the organizers thank all participants for their commitment and look forward to the continuation in the coming year.
Further information can be found here and on the MUNoM website.