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Preparation for Heidelberg National 2015

The United Nations is open to all nations, and by that, to all people. It should not be a 'secret club' that only few can understand and relate to.

UNO in New York

That is why we want to make Heidelberg National MUN an opportunity to get in touch with ideas and work of the United Nations, without having to travel long distances.  It is also not meant to be a closed shop activity, where only those who already are a part of the so-called MUN-world meet with each other.

We specifically encourage students that are open-minded and willing to argue about their beliefs, that have no idea what "model united nations" stands for, to be part of Heidelberg National.

To give you a better idea and by that enable to actively participate during the two days in January, we offer an introductory training in Heidelberg on 

Saturday, December 13th, 2014,
14:00 - 16:30, Übungsraum 5, Juristisches Seminar
(Map: jura.uni-heidelberg.de)
   If you are interested, please indicate this in your application.

Each committee will have Study Guides for your preparation. They serve as introduction into the topic of each committee, and provide starting points for further research. They also focus on specific aspects of the topics, to enable delegates to prepare for specific aspects of the issues to be tackled. To get a quick start, you can get an overview over each topic in the 'Committees'-section.

The Study Guide for UNCTAD is now online.  It focuses on two main aspects that the committee should put special emphasis on: Worker's rights and child labor, and US and EU subsidies for agricultural products.

Due to the actuality of the Security Council's topic, we ask you to follow the news on the issues at hand closely. As a starting point, an introduction to the historic origins of ISIL could serve you well: ISIL: Rising power in Iraq and Syria (aljazeera.com, 11 Jun 2014). A visual guide gives you a good overview about the scenery: Areas Under ISIS Control (nyt.com, 7 Nov 2014). Inside info to continue: How Isil is funded, trained and operating in Iraq and Syria (telegraph.co.uk, 23 Aug 2014). A Study Guide outlining possible further discussions is now online, too. To capture the most recent events, take a look at the SC Study Guide Update .

Also, please take a look at our Rules of Procedure . They form the basis on which committee work will go along.

The website bestdelegate.com provides an introduction for newcomers to Model United Nations . Take a look, and maybe stroll around on their comprehensive website.

If you come across other material, website and the like, be welcome to shoot us an email so we can provide your information to the other delegates!