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“TU goes UNO”: 15 students of Chemnitz University represent the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the worldwide biggest diplomacy simulation in New York on March 18, 2018

Chemnitz University of Technology will be represented for the 15th time with a delegation at the National Model United Nations (NMUN) Conference in New York from March 18th till 22nd, 2018. In the framework of the oldest, biggest, and most professional simulation of the United Nations over 5,500 students, among them 15 from Chemnitz University, will participate and debate on current challenges and centers of conflict of the worlds’ politics and jointly develop solutions. Prior to the simulation the delegates get the opportunity to experience a little diplomatic atmosphere at embassy appointments, the visit of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, as well as in dialogue with numerous “Think Tanks”. The Chemnitz team will report on their experiences in the United States in an online diary and a takeover of the Instagram account of Chemnitz University from March 11, 2018 – to keep in touch with their home.

“The Chemnitz delegates will debate in eight committees a broad spectrum of topics during the real-life simulation”, says Jakob Landwehr, research associate of the Professorship of International Relations and Faculty Advisor of the Chemnitz University delegation. Topics include the fight against terrorism, cyber safety, better global educational opportunities, and the conservation of ecosystems. Additionally, the prohibition of chemical weapons, a new international drug strategy, and the effects of climate change on migration flows will be debated. “The by the students developed resolutions will be submitted to the UNO, who already picked up and adopted ideas of students in the past”, adds Landwehr.

Due to the broad range of topics it is an advantage that the Chemnitz delegates are students with varying courses of studies. With ten courses of studies from four faculties of Chemnitz University the students have an excellent mutual benefit from each other. Chemnitz University represented in the last three years Mali (2015), Chad (2016), and the Central African Republic (2017), thus this year another African country is supposed to benefit from the intensive and extensive preparations.

Podcast: Jakob Landwehr

Jakob Landwehr will provide personal insights on his motives to engage in the project and how his studies at Chemnitz University prepared him for this purpose:

Keyword: National Model United Nations Simulation (NMUN)

The National Model United Nations Simulation is almost as old as the UNO itself. Among the numerous global conferences, it is the oldest, biggest, and most professional of them. Main objective of the conference is to deal openly and unbiased with the positions of other countries and cultures, to understand complex relations of international matters, and to understand and solve negotiations with negotiating skills and diplomatic sensitivity. Since 2004, Chemnitz University delegations participate in the NMUN conference and have already been awarded several prizes for their outstanding achievements. Chemnitz University of Technology is the only university in Saxony to take on this challenge every year.

Further information are available from Jakob Landwehr, phone +49 371 531 34645, email

Online diary:

Chemnitz University on Instagram:

(Translation: Alissa Hölz

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