In the middle of our MUIMUN conference are the debates. But there is a lot more to this exciting week!
Civil War in South Sudan: International Solutions
Cyberterrorism and Cyberattacks in conflicted countries
World Health Organization (WHO)
Female Genital Mutilation: A threat to Global Health
Prevention of patient harm in health care
Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe (CEPAL)
El aumento de los gobiernos de derecha en América Latina y su influencia en el desarrollo económico de la región
Embarazos de las adolescentes latinoamericanas: un aumento que desafía la salud sexual y reproductiva y el ejercicio de derechos
Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
Illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing
Curbing the threat from antimicrobial resistance to animal and human health
Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)
Ensuring accessible water: Discussing the commercialisation of water
Combating the consequences of trade war in the Global South
United Nations General Assembly 6th Committee (Legal)
Criminal responsibility of staff, experts, and officials on UN missions
The rule of law at the national and international level
Nicole Esposito is 20 years old, Brazilian, but has been living in Portugal for almost three years now. She moved there with her family and started to study Law at the University of Lisbon. In this edition of MUIMUN 2020, she will host the Security Council with Andrei Pankratov.
In Brazil, students start to delegate when they are 13 or almost 14 years old, being able to enter the MUN world and start their experience in high level committees very young. In 2015, Nicole had her first MUN experience and that time, she was very undecided about her future profession, and her first simulation helped a lot. In the end of her last session she decided what to do for sure. So, she realised that simulations open students’ minds and most of the time, create new thoughts, and even help them to decide their future. However, she wanted to do the same with other students, and almost six years later, she has not stopped.
As a delegate, she has participated in Security Councils (two times), United Nations of Human Rights in Lisbon, DISEC in Rome MUN…and as a Chair: European Council, NATO, Counter Terrorism Committee, Security Council (three times), and United Nations Human Rights Council. All of these experiences have been different and have contributed a lot to her life.
She loved all those moments and wishes you the best of luck! But most importantly: A lot of fun and to meet new people! MUN debates also come with good friends and incredible moments…
Andrei Pankratov is a 19-year-old college student from Tallinn, Estonia currently studying Politics and Governance at the University of Tartu. His passion for MUN conferences started at the age of 12 with the Estonian Model United Nations, where he was the youngest participant at the time. He continued participating in Model United Nations conferences as a delegate for five years, receiving Outstanding and Best Delegate awards. Andrei got the opportunity to participate in MUN conferences in Ukraine, Belgium, and the United States. After passing chair training in Estonia, Andrei became an aspiring chair in the Estonian MUN community, participating in conferences both in Tallinn and Tartu, as well as gaining international experience in the United States and Italy. Along with MUN conferences, Andrei also participated in global education trainings and international seminars, becoming involved with the Estonian National Commission for the UNESCO youth group. Apart from debating and global education, Andrei’s experience includes participation in local politics. Having served as a member of the Tallinn Youth City Council and the Estonian Youth Assembly, Andrei gained invaluable experience which fueled his passion for politics, greatly inspiring his academic career choice. Andrei has also been involved in the international student movement, having participated in the International Student Festival in Trondheim and taking part in student exchange networks. Right now, Andrei focuses largely on his first-year studies, with some of the most interesting topics for him being international relations and the impact of global issues on local election results. He continues to take part in MUN conferences in Europe, all while being the Secretary General of the leading MUN in his home country. Andrei hopes that MUIMUN will be his most challenging undertaking yet, where he will assume the role of a Chair in the Security Council.
Fondly called Benny, Benevolence Mbano is a 25-year-old Zimbabwean woman, currently residing in South Africa.
She holds a bachelor’s degree of Arts in Law and Politics and International Studies from the prestigious Rhodes university, Grahamstown, South Africa. She’s pursuing a Bachelor of Law (LLB) degree at the University of South Africa, while actively taking part in community engagement. Benny desires a world in which both genders are treated fairly and equally, youths are gainfully empowered, and women are respectfully treated and therefore considers herself a lover of humanity. She desires an Africa where all members of society can actively contribute to the growth and development of their respective communities; Women well catered for in all ramifications and the youth given room at the decision-making table.
Benny has over 6 years of MUN experience, having first participated as a delegate and then as a chairperson in various national and international conferences, the most recent being the Sub-Saharan International Model United Nations held in August 2019. Benny, who currently serves as the International Partnership and Public Relations Director for Thrive Opportunities, a youth orientated organisation aimed at bridging the wide gaps in access to opportunities, would like to establish NGO safe havens in rural Africa to assist GBV survivors by providing free legal services and a platform that helps them start afresh.
Nora Dornis participated at her first Model United Nations conference in 2014, and has since then attended several conferences as a delegate, as a chair or as a part of the broader organisational team. She is still absolutely amazed by the concept of MUNs and the opportunity to experience international politics in such an in-depth way as a young person. She is member of the board of DMUN e.V. (Deutsche Model United Nations e.V.) which is an organisation that holds three annual MUN conferences throughout Germany.
After graduating from High School in Schleswig-Holstein, Nora pursued a bachelor’s degree in Medical Engineering in Bautzen in the East of Saxony. During and after finishing the degree, she worked in Quality Management of a medical device manufacturing company. After some work experience, the idea of spending eight hours a day in an office didn’t seem as appealing to her anymore, so she decided to take her engagement in the Health Sector to a more political level, and started a master’s degree in “Global Health” at the University of Glasgow in September 2019, nurturing her profound interest in health inequalities and in sexual health.
Nora worked in the field of sexual health, especially in condom promotion and STI prevention, for several years. Her focus was thereby on promoting sexual health with the help of digital means, e.g. through Social Media or podcasts. One of the projects she worked on was the set-up of condom-vending machines in South African schools in deprived areas in connection with peer-to-peer education workshops to prevent the further spread of HIV and other STIs.
Teresa García Sanjuán
Teresa García Sanjuán is a 22-years-old Ethnology and Religious Studies student from Valencia, Spain, who is doing her Bachelor’s at the Georg-August-University in Göttingen, Germany.
She was born and raised in Spain but attended a German school. Having been raised in a multicultural environment, she discovered her passion for international relations at a very young age.
Once she moved to Germany in 2016, she decided to join the MUN society of her University within the first week of the semester. Since her first conference as a delegate at MUIMUN 2017, she has experienced conferences all over Europe, acting as a delegate at EuroMUN and HamMUN and chairing in Madrid, Hamburg and Münster. In 2018, she had the privilege of organising her home conference, the GöMUN, as Deputy Secretary General. This year, she gladly returns to MUIMUN to chair the CEPAL for the third year in a row.
When she’s not doing MUNs, she loves to read – mainly biographies – cook or play basketball. She wants to have visited every country in the world some day and is now focused on traveling to as many European nations as possible.
Cláudio Gurgel is a law student in the 3rd year of his degree from the Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon. He was born in Brazil, where he completed a semester of law and where his MUN experience began. His first MUN was in 2013, when he was 14, in his high school. There, he also participated in four MUNs until 2014. Cláudio began participating in MUNs outside his college and started to participate in national simulations in universities throughout Brazil.
The main simulations he participated in were those of the University of São Paulo, which were composed of chairing university professors who made a rigorous assessment of the content of each participant’s discourse. Claudius won Best Delegate and Best Speaker on eight occasions, Best Position Paper three times and an Honorable Mention once.
When he began studying law in Lisbon, Cláudio took an interest in Moot Court Competitions consisting of judicial simulations in which each team is responsible for defending a party to the process and trying to convince the jury of their point of argumentation. Cláudio participated in four Moot Court Competitions, winning twice.
In 2019, Cláudio worked as a summer intern in the area of intellectual property in an international law firm, besides being tutored at his University in the disciplines of Economics and Public Finance.
He participated in the organisation of a national simulation, acting as head of PR, conducting partnerships with companies related to international relations, law, economy and management that were possible sponsors of the event.
Cláudio Gurgel is a fun person who works well as in teams and is willing to do his best in everything he commits to.
Hamza Naseer hails from the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. He has been engaged in Pakistan’s MUN circuit for four years now and is eager to announce that MUIMUN ’20 will be his 25th Model UN, and he looks forward to completing (and celebrating!) his silver jubilee there.
He is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science degree in both Psychology and Philosophy. He is also the Vice President of his university’s philosophy society despite only being in his freshman year. Having achieved considerable success in the national circuit, he now divides his time between coaching at various institutions (Lahore College of Arts and Science: Johar Town and Burki Branches, the University of Management and Technology) and reading into his favorite topics: philosophy, literature, linguistics, and psychoanalysis as well as the readings his university instructors enforce upon him, though he will not cease calling them representatives of capitalist hegemony who profiteer off of students by the privatisation of knowledge. Being a committed secularist, he’s often found embroiled in controversy because of the dominant Islamic narrative in Pakistan but there haven’t been any incidents (yet!).
He looks forward to chairing at MUIMUN ’20 in the Food and Agriculture Organisation. He’s also a fan of deep conversations about life as well as anything that could be deemed intellectual in anyway whatsoever, and is as committed to trying out new foods, meeting new people, learning new things, and sharing funny and wild stories from his admittedly eventful life as he is to secularism (which is to say, a lot!). As a chair, all he expects from potential delegates is good research, qualitative and quantitative speeches, the ability to lead, and finally, to draft solutions of a practical and impactful nature.
Mostly referred to as Jackie, she is a 22-year-old Kenyan lady. She is currently studying at Kenyatta University, Parklands Campus in her final year, pursuing Bachelors of Law (LLB). Jackie also takes a French Course on the side in Alliance Franchise in Nairobi, Kenya. She is an active participant in Mooting and Model United Nations.
She has participated in various MUNs and has over 4 years’ experience. Having started out as a delegate, she later became a chair in several conferences such as the Sub-Saharan International Model United Nations held in August 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. She currently serves as the Campus Director for Kenyatta University and the Under-Secretary General for Chairing and Training for the Sub-Saharan International Model United Nations.
Moreover, Jackie is part of the Millennium Fellowship Program Class of 2019 for the United Nations which encourages partnerships between various projects and organisations with the ultimate objective of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. She is very passionate about the protection of the environment at large and has even specialised in its study. Her main focus in life is to leave a footprint as an ambassador for environmental protection and to encourage the youth to do the same. She considers herself a Global Citizen and looks forward to the day that everyone identifies themselves as Global Citizens.
Jackline Chelimo Birir
Maria will be your chair for the United Nations Economic and Social Council at MUIMUN 2020. MUIMUN has a special place in her heart not only because she participated in MUIMUN 2017. Growing up close to Münster, MUIMUN is the first MUN conference she ever heard of and visited as a student for one day during school. With her first impressions at Münster she continued her way to many conferences. Stduying psychology at the University of Konstanz, she will finish her Master’s Degree next summer. Having entered the MUN world several years ago in high school, she still loves the heated debates and fruitful discussions. In Konstanz, she has been a board member of the United Nations Association Konstanz e.V. for the past 2 years. Even after leaving the board, she still helps with organising debating events.
Over the course of the past 5 years, she has been to several MUNs inside and outside of Germany. She has been chairing crises as well. Now she returns to Münster to chair ECOSOC – at her first conference, she was a delegate of ECOSOS herself. So the circle of MUNing will close where it began.
She is looking forward to welcome you at Münster University International Model United Nations 2020.
Waqas Halim is an educationist and a researcher in International Relations, based in Pakistan and Canada. Currently, he is working as the Director of the Center for Technology in Education, the Smart Cities Initiative and the Media Lab at Information Technology University in Lahore. He is passionate about the use of technology for social change and governance. Waqas holds a Masters in Public Administration with concentration in International Development from Columbia University, and is a Fulbright Alumnus. Previously, he has worked with the World Bank and the United Nations. He has won several accolades at different Model United Nations.
UN GA 6th committee (Legal)
Saskia Millmann is currently pursuing her PhD in International Law at the University of Glasgow. Having previously read both Law and History, she holds undergraduate and postgraduate degrees from the University of Munich and the University of Edinburgh. Particular research interests of hers are General Public International Law and Jewish History which are also exemplified in her Doctoral Thesis that focuses on International Institutional Law and the question of non-member involvement within an International Organisation.
She has been passionate about MUNs since she first participated in a conference in 2010 and has since then gained manifold experience as Delegate, Chair and Member of a Secretariat. She especially values the international atmosphere and the spirit of collaboration which also led her to pursue her current career. While she has attended over 50 conferences so far, MUIMUN always holds a special place in her MUN calendar (and her heart) and she is therefore particularly delighted to chair GA6 at what will be her eight MUIMUN conference.
Fernando is a 20-year-old student originally from Salamanca, Spain, where he is pursuing a double degree in Law and Business Administration at the Octa Centennial Universidad de Salamanca. Currently, he is on a one-year exchange at Universidad Complutense de Madrid and interning at a technology-related company. He has prior MUN experience as a delegate in MUNUSAL, at the 2016, 2018 and 2019 editions. In the 2019 conference, he met Ana – MUIMUN 2020’s Secretary General – who told him about MUIMUN while she was chairing his committee. This will be his first chairing experience.
Fernando spent his final year of high school studying in Miami, Florida, where he became close to multiple people from Latin America and founded an association to help Venezuelan refugees once he was back in Spain. He also dedicates much of his time to ELSA – the European Law Students’ Association, where he served as Director for External Relations at his national group, among other positions.
Fernando is enthusiastic about politics, economics and law. He is an assiduous Forbes and The Economist reader and is currently deeply involved in learning about STEM disciplines, which he considers to be fundamental in our 21st century society. He is most passionate about UN Sustainable Development Goal number 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions, because of the need to enlarge the Statum Legis and work towards effective legal protection. His most-liked subjects in university are Constitutional Law and Business Valuation.
Money Heist, Peaky Blinders and Suits are his favorite Netflix series, and if he had the chance to be a historical character, he would like to be Winston Churchill or Simón Bolivar.
Fernando Rodríguez Gonzáles
Get ready for MUIMUN
In general, most Non-EU citizens (or Non-Schengen citizens) require a visa to stay in Germany. Please check if you need a visa here.
Please note that there are visa fees, which have to be covered by you.
In order to receive a visa, you need to fill in an application form, which you can find on the website of the Federal Foreign Office. You need to hand in this application form together with all the necessary documents in person at your German consulate or embassy. For more information about visa requirements and procedure, visit the website of the German Federal Office here.
Do I need an invitation letter?
Possibly, you will need an invitation letter from us for your visa. In order to hand these out, we need the following information:
- Your full name
- Your gender
- Your passport number
- Your birth date
- A scan of your passport
- A scan of your student ID (or a similar document validating that you are enrolled in a university programme)
Please send all required information and documents in one Email to firstname.lastname@example.org
What do I bring to conference?
- Valid Passportor ID according to the regulations
- Money: Make sure to bring enough Euros to cover for your breakfast, dinner, and drinks at the evening events. In the registration fee included are lunches, coffee breaks and entry for our social events. ATMs are available in many nearby places.
- Clothing: The dress code during the session is formal (European business attire or business attire from your home country). European business attire includes: Men are expected to wear a suit with a tie and women are expected to wear a suit or a dress. Shoes should be formal as well. However, we are a students’ conference, we are aware that not everyone might have full business attire to their disposal, if you are not certain, feel free to contact the Delegates’ Service (email@example.com). During the evening events, you can wear whatever you feel comfortable in. At the Global Village Party, you may wear a typical dress representing your home country.
- A raincoat or waterproof jacket and umbrella are recommended as Münster is famous for being rather rainy in the spring.
How do I prepare myself?
- Read the study guide (you can find the right one on the site of your committee)
- Research your committee topic and your country position thoroughly.
- Position paper: a two-page paper about the general position of your assigned country. Find an example here
- Read up on our RoPs 2019; note there will also be a short workshop in the beginning
- Deadlines and timetable: here
Workshops for 2020 have not been announced yet. To get an impression of what you can expect, here you can find last year’s workshops.
Humanitarian Crises and Our Responsibilities – Joachim Gardemann
For many of us, humanitarian crises seem to occur only in remote countries and only for local or regional reasons. A closer look to some scenarios like the 1994 Rwandan genocide, the ongoing Syrian war or even the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa however will demonstrate our responsibility as former colonial power, belligerent nation or as big player in global markets. We will have to accept our responsibility for causation of today´s postcolonial conflicts and inequities, but as well for our capabilities, being one of the richest countries worldwide. Compared to countries like Tchad or Lebanon, we only spend a little fraction of our wealth for the alleviation of suffering. But we are responsible, either for causation or for our capabilities to help.
Joachim Gardemann, born 1955, is a medical doctor, specialist in child and youth medicine, specialist doctor for public health systems and master of public health. Since 1994 he is member of the Emergency Response Units for international disaster relief of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. As a delegate for ICRC or IFRC he took part in humanitarian missions to Rwanda, Tanzania, Macedonia, Iran, Sudan, Sri Lanka, China, Haiti, Jordan and Sierra Leone. Joachim Gardemann is head of the Centre of Competence for Humanitarian Relief of the Muenster University of Applied Sciences.
A Career with the United Nations – Isabel Hofstaetter
During this workshop we will take a look at a variety of ways to join the United Nations workforce, ranging from internships to entry-level programs like the YPP- or JPO-program. Next to a general overview on the working conditions at the United Nations (professional fields, career prospects, salary, core values and competencies), the workshop will also entail concrete information and exercises regarding the UN-application process.
Isabel Hofstaetter works as Junior Professional Officer (JPO) in Information for the United Nations Regional Information Centre (UNRIC) in Bonn. She holds an M.A. in Human Rights and International Relations from Roehampton University in London. Before joining UNRIC, Isabel worked with the German Development Cooperation in Uganda and, most recently, with the United Nations in Timor-Leste.
The Ethical Dimensions of Sustainability – Michael Quante
In this workshop the concept of sustainability and its ethical dimensions are discussed. In specific contexts (Health and Justice; Integrity in Politics; Human Dignity and vulnerable Groups) discussed in three parallel sessions the concept will be applied. This workshop addresses normative questions related to sustainability based on philosophical ethics. These workshops are run by Dr. Simon Derpmann, Mrs. Lisa Schmidt and Dr. Katja Stoppenbrink (they take place as parallel sessions).
Prof. Dr. Michael Quante is professor of philosophy with specialisation in “practical philosophy” at the University of Münster. He is also involved in the Excellence Cluster “Religion and Politics”. He wrote his dissertation on “Hegel’s Concept of Action”, and habilitated on “Personal Life and Human(e) Death”. Between 2012 and 2014 he held the office of President of the German Association of Philosophy. Since 2016 he holds the position of Vice-Rector for Internationalisation and Knowledge Transfer at the WWU Münster.
Negotiation Skills – Henning Höber
Negotiations are a recurring part of both our private and professional lives. But many of us – and even experienced political leaders – know little about the strategies, tactics and applied psychology of effective bargaining. The workshop is designed as a crash course in basic and intermediate negotiation techniques, based on the proven methods of leading law schools and business schools. Participants will explore distributive and integrative bargaining tactics in two highly interactive simulations. These role plays enable them to experience the essential concepts and pitfalls of negotiation first-hand and reflect upon their performance during the debriefing of the case studies.The workshop is limited to 30 participants and requires the willingness to actively negotiate with a randomly assigned counterpart during the session.
Henning Höber is a lecturer in the departments of business administration and political science at the University of Münster, where he is teaching negotiation and dispute resolution. In addition, he is currently completing a part-time PhD program in management at the University of St. Gallen. As part of his studies, he was a researcher at several leading business schools in Europe and the Americas. Prior to his graduate studies in business administration and economics in Germany and Mexico, Henning spent two years in Barcelona, working in the shipping and insurance sectors.
Current Risks for the Global Economy – Thomas Apolte
The world economy has been booming until recently. Thanks to that boom we have been observing a huge catch-up growth in emerging markets. This grossly reduced poverty in both relative and absolute terms, not just in China but in a considerable number of countries worldwide. This trend, however, seems to be at risk for mainly three reasons. The first is the popular recurrence to protectionist conceptions of international and global trade. The second is the emergence of a new form of state-capitalism, that started out in China and Russia but has become popular in the US and many EU countries as well. The third threat stems from the awkward current state of the European Union, facing both the Brexit problem and mushrooming populist and anti EU movements. In our workshop, we want to shed more light on the three problems at hand and to work out interdependencies between the three problems areas.
Thomas Apolte is professor of political economy at the Center for Interdisciplinary Economics of the University of Münster. Although trained as an economist, he works as an interdisciplinary social scientist, crossing the borders to political science, sociology, and psychology. In the last decade, his core interest has been in the economic theory of autocracy as well as in theories of political conflict, terrorism, and revolution. He has published in international Journals such as “Public Choice”, “Economics of Transition”, “Constitutional Political Economy” and “Defence and Peace Economics”. He is the founder of the conference series “Political Economy of Democracy and Dictatorship” which is held every spring in Münster, bringing together some 70 interdisciplinary scholars from more than 20 countries worldwide.
International military operations in Africa with the United Nations – 1st German-Netherlands Corps
The 1st German-Netherlands Corps is engaged in military actions in various countries. This workshop will include a presentation about the 1st German-Netherlands Corps. After this there will be a presentation about the UN mission in Mali (MINUSMA) especially their structure, mandate, capabilities and challenges. In addition a briefing about the French military operations in the Sahel region and their cooperation and challenges in the cooperation with the MINUSMA mission of the UN will be addressed. The workshop will be concluded with a scenario that is used in trainings for Political Advisors about a challenging military situation in such a mission with a discussion about a possible solution and the related implications of the solution.
This workshop will be conducted by LTC Ellert Klotz from the German Army, LTC Wycliffe Nieboer from the Netherlands Army and LTC Stephane Collet from the French Army. The 1st German-Netherlands Corps is a multinational formation consisting of units from both the Royal Netherlands Army and German Army. The corps’ headquarters is situated in Münster and also takes part in NATO Response Force. The corps has national and multinational operational responsibilities. Currently the 1st German-Netherlands Corps consists of twelve nations: Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom and United States.
1. Champagne reception
After the opening ceremony, a champagne reception is held to celebrate the beginning of an intense week full of debates, socials and MUIMUN fun.
When? The champagne corks are popped on the first evening. Non-alcoholic options and little snacks are offered as well.
Where? The champagne reception takes place in the foyer of the main building of Münster University the Schloss.
(Schloss is the German word for castle.)
2. Global Village Party
One of the many reasons to join MUIMUN is its outstanding and colorful Global Village Party. Delegates from over 40 nations share traditional food, music, and clothing from their home countries. It is a wonderful chance to experience an evening with a very special international flair.
Everyone is invited to bring food from their home countries. Unfortunately, beverages are not allowed.
To make the experience extra special you are welcome to dress up in clothes typical for your country or to dress in something that represents your country in any other way (for Germans it could be a football jersey etc.)
You may also bring music that is typical of your home country.
When? The Global Village Party takes place on the second day of the conference.
Where? At the “Cuba Nova“. (address: Achtermannstraße 10, 48143 Münster)
3. Münster MUN-Pub quiz
Do you want to test your general knowledge and compete in teams in a cozy and relaxed atmosphere? Then come to our pub quiz, enjoy some drinks with your fellow delegates while having the chance to win a special price at the end of the evening.
When? Our quiz masters are awaiting you on the third evening of the conference.
Where? At „Café Uferlos“ just next door to the university dining hall, close to Münster’s beautiful lake “Aasee”. (address: Bismarckallee 11, 48151 Münster)
4. Nightwatchman Tour
Rumour has it that there are some creatures strolling around the old parts of town during the night to protect the citizens of Münster. If you would like to explore the city and its historical sights at night, come and join the night watchmen with their patrol.
When? The night watchmen are expecting you on the fourth night of the conference.
Where? The starting point of the patrol is the old town hall right in the city center.
5. Pub Crawl
Right after this short trip into the history of Münster, we will take you back to the present. In the old parts of town, you can also strengthen yourself with a cold drink and snack while exploring the lively pub scene, where students like to spend their evenings.
When? Having finished the patrol successfully we will proceed with the pub crawl.
Where? Meeting point is on the marketplace, the square next to the cathedral (Domplatz).
6. Farewell Party
At the end of a fruitful week of discussions, it is now time to say goodbye and celebrate together before everyone is spreading out into different directions. Let’s celebrate the MUIMUN spirit one last time!
When? Last evening at the conference
Where? At the „Gazelle-Club“ near the main station (address: Servatiiplatz 1, 48143 Münster).
Our Patron for MUIMUN 2019
Monica Ferro, Director of the UNPFA Office in Geneva since April 2017, has worked to promote equality, development and human rights for the past 20 years.
Prior to joining UNFPA, Ms. Ferro had a twenty year career of public service in Portugal, during which she served as the Secretary of State for National Defense, as a university lecturer, a media personality and an activist.
She served as a Member of Parliament and was Vice-President of the Parliamentary Group of the Social Democrat Party; Chair of the All Party Parliamentarian Group on Population and Development; and Vice-President of the European Forum of Parliamentarians for Population and Development. Ms. Ferro is a founding partner of the 2015 Objective Association – United Nations Millennium Campaign, Portuguese United Nations Association, and Founding Member of P&D Factor Association for Cooperation in Population and Development. A National Defense and Civil Crisis Management Auditor, Ms. Ferro has also been a lecturer at the University of Lisbon, guest lecturer at the National Defense Institute, Air Force Academy and University of Military Studies. Furthermore, she is an Associate Researcher at the Centre for Gender Studies, University of Lisbon and has been a columnist for several national newspapers and magazines, and author of more than a hundred articles, entries in encyclopedias, book chapters on the United Nations, Development Cooperation, Human Rights, United Nations, Security Sector Reform and Gender equality.
Mónica Ferro is Portuguese and holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in International Relations from the Higher Institute of Social and Political Sciences, University of Lisbon, and is also a PhD candidate with a thesis on “Security Sector Reform in Fragile States”. She is married and has two daughters.
Regular Conference Fee: €89
Delegation Discount*: €74
Our conference fee includes
- A 5-day high-quality MUN conference
- Four lunches (Thursday-Sunday)
- Coffee, tea, biscuits, and cake during the coffee breaks of the conference; water, coffee, and tea are offered at all times
- An original, high-quality MUIMUN conference bag for each delegate
- Free entrance to our social events, including two parties, a nightwatchman tour (historical city tour) and a pub quiz
- A free edition of our daily conference magazine Westphalian Diplomat
- Other costs, such as travel expenses and accommodation are not included.
- For further information do not hesitate to contact us.
The non-profit Münster MUN e. V. (German registered association) supports the MUIMUN project actively, especially with a staff (the volontarily working MUIMUN organization team) and ideally. Additionally, it also helps in funding the project.
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