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27 November 2002

International Diplomacy in Heidelberg

First Harvard WorldMUN conference at a German university — 23 to 27 March 2003, 700 student delegates from over 60 countries — Conference simulates the work of international organisations

The 12th Harvard University Model United Nations (WorldMUN) Conference will be taking place at the University of Heidelberg from 23 to 27 March 2003. Some 700 student delegates from over 60 countries will be meeting to debate and pass resolutions on current issues in international politics.

After successful participation at the WorldMUN conferences 1999-2002, the Heidelberg WorldMUN society will be organising the conference in close collaboration with the Rector's office of the University of Heidelberg. The WorldMUN conferences last one week and are simulations of the work of the United Nations and its committees and also of other international organisations (NATO, Council of Europe, World Bank, etc.). WorldMUN was officially recognised by the UN in 1994 and has been organised under the patronage of the officiating UN Secretary General ever since.

The WorldMUN conference is one of the most renowned international meetings of its kind. In the course of it, delegations from the world's leading universities engage in a contest of diplomatic skill. The choice of Heidelberg University for this year's meeting is an indication of the esteem in which it is held by Harvard University and represents a major fillip for Heidelberg and Germany as significant locations on the international higher-education map. Heidelberg is the first German university to have been selected for the event, following such renowned predecessors as Budapest, Brussels, Athens, Istanbul, Belo Horizonte (Brazil) and Cambridge.

Prospects

The conference creates ideal conditions for encouraging an exchange of ideas, views and attitudes, both on political and other subjects. Diplomacy, rhetoric and negotiation skills are trained and enhanced. These are precisely the abilities sought by employers in industry, business, the political and the academic world. For young people aiming at an international career they are absolutely indispensable.

The United Nations may sometimes appear to be an abstract, not to say faceless institution. But this conference turns it into a living, breathing reality, at least for the space of a week. The conference offers students the opportunity to acquaint themselves with the workings of international diplomacy. What could be more exciting in an age of globalisation and heightened public and media interest in international politics?

Again and again, educational visions encouraging greater proximity to the practical side of life are being called for. The idea behind the World Model United Nations Conference is an extremely interesting and innovative step in this direction.

For more information, go to www.worldmun.uni-hd.de (Heidelberg) or www.worldmun.net (Harvard).

Contact person:
Nick Schneider
Director of Public Relations
WorldMUN Heidelberg e.V.
Schneidmühlstr. 12
D-69115 Heidelberg
schneidernick@worldmun.juracafe.de

For more general inquiries (journalists):
Dr. Michael Schwarz
Press Officer of the University of Heidelberg
phone: 06221/542310, fax: 54317
michael.schwarz@rektorat.uni-heidelberg.de
http://www.uni-heidelberg.de/presse/index.html


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