MUNIC 2019: European pupils arguing on climate goals

On the 29th of November 2019 the Model United Nations in Classroom has had its conference. The Munic Project in general is a Project which is led by Prof. Dr. Andreas Müglich from the Westfalian University of Applied Science, the objective of this Project is to teach pupils the act of decision making and problem solving in a diplomatic way.

There were about 50 pupils from 4 Schools present at the final conference, every one of them had to act as a delegate from their respective countries, which were assigned to them before. Moreover pupils from Latvia and Poland were joining the German delegates from Kuniberg Berufskolleg, Berufskolleg Gladbeck, Freiherr von Stein Gymnasium und Petrinum.

We started our MUNIC conference early in the morning. First the delegates had to decide what topic they want to discuss. This took some time. The USA did not want to talk about the role of youth in achieving the climate goals. Many other countries said climate change is more important than the problems with violence against children these days. Everyone gave good speeches with compelling arguments. But finally the committee decided to talk about climate issues first.

Soon everyone was involved in fruitful discussions about what the international community can do to involve young people in fighting climate change. They all came up with a lot of amazing ideas. The resolutions really show what the youth expects our leaders to accomplish in the future. It was a great experience to see the students grow during our preparation time and to support them during the conference.

For our new delegates it was important to see how a conference works and for our senior delegates it was fun to take more responsibility as a chair or as a supporter during the informal sessions.

Our guests from Latvia and Poland didn’t have as much time to prepare for the conference, but it was amazing to accompany them during the week in Germany and see them become great delegates until friday!

All in all we are very proud of all the delegates and their hard work and we hope they all learned something about the work of the UN and also themselves.

The conference would not have been possible without some “helping hands” from our sponsors: The Sparkasse Vest Recklinghausen and the Westphalian University. A specially thank you for the Kreishaus Recklinghausen for hosting our conference.