Call for Applications: Model UN Parliament
IFAIR is happy to announce that applications are now open for the Model UN Parliament!
The simulation will take place from 22 to 24 April 2016 in the cities of Halle (Saale) and Berlin. It offers a great and innovative opportunity to debate global democracy. If you are a student or young professional with MUN experience and have a very good level of English, apply as an ambassador to the Model UN Parliament! Please send the completed application form to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 1 February!
The idea to establish a UN Parliament has been debated in policy circles for many years. The proposal is to establish a parliamentary body next to the UN General Assembly – as a pragmatic step toward a potential world parliament. Such a new body could democratize global governance by representing the world’s citizens, while being a motor for a more peaceful, sustainable, and socially just world order.
But there are many questions up to debate: What should such a body look like? How do we ensure just representation? What powers should a UN Parliament have?
We want to debate these questions with you. Around fifty students from Germany, Europe and around the world will take on the roles of national ambassadors in order to debate and negotiate the possible statutes of a parliamentary assembly at the United Nations. Those statues will then prepare the Model UN Parliaments in the coming years, when the actual world parliament will be simulated. Moreover, the program comprises workshops and a high-profile final event including a panel discussion in Berlin.
We want you to be part of this new, innovative Model UN project! You will be able to participate in a professional MUN with a topical focus on global democracy, co-creating the statutes of a new body. In this way, you will not only practice your debating and negotiation skills, but also dive deep into legal and political matters. This will be a truly extraordinary experience. The event is jointly organized by IFAIR and the Campaign for a UN Parliament.
Interested? Let’s debate global democracy!
Dr Steffen Murau is an executive board member and responsible for IFAIR’s Impact Groups. He currently works as a postdoctoral fellow at Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. Steffen completed his PhD in International Political Economy at City, University of London in November 2017. From 2013 to 2017, he has been teaching political economy, international relations and economics at City, University of London, University College London (UCL) and Columbia University, New York. Until 2012, he studied political science, philosophy, economics and international law at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. He interned at Deutsche Bundesbank and the German Institute for Security and International Affairs, and implemented a development project in Cameroon with a German NGO. Steffen speaks German, English, French and Arabic.