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!
Steffen Murau is regional director for “EU & Europe”, programme coordinator for the Impact Group UN Parliament and as executive board member responsible for IFAIR’s Impact Groups. Steffen is a PhD researcher in International Political Economy at City University London and a doctoral fellow at City Political Economy Research Centre (CITYPERC). In his PhD project, he analyzes how private money substitutes are created in the financial system and, in reaction to financial crises, have repeatedly been integrated into the public money supply. He is working as a teaching assistant at the Department of Political Science at City University London and the Department of Economics at University College London. In 2015, he spent five months as a visiting scholar at Columbia University, New York. Steffen graduated from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München in 2012 where he studied political science, economics, philosophy and international law. 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.