Welcome to the first digital sdw NMUN delegation 2021!

National Model United Nations (NMUN) is the world’s largest and most renowned simulation of the United Nations (UN). For the first time, NMUN was held 1946 as the successor of the Model League of Nations and took place ever since annually in New York City. In 2020, the conference was cancelled due to the global pandemic, and in 2021, the first-ever virtual conference was held.

Since 2004, the student support organisation of the Foundation of German Business (sdw) has been sending its own NMUN delegation every year: In this way, tomorrow’s decision-makers should share their ideas and visions with today’s decision-makers. From 28 – 31 March 21 delegates of the sdw represented the Republic of India in 13 different committees.

The purpose of this website is to inform you about the sdw NMUN delegation of 2021.

What is NMUN?

NMUN stands for National Model United Nations and is the world-wide greatest and most renowned simulation of the United Nations. Following the Model League of Nation, which was founded in 1923, the conference was held the first time in 1946. Annually, the conference takes place at the UN headquaters in New York during the Holy Week. For five conference days, over 5.000 students from all over the world participate as members of a delegation. Thereby, each delegation represents a UN member state. The objective of the project is to make the work of the UN more transparent. Further, students learn to understand important economic, political and diplomatic aspects from the viewpoint of a UN member state.
How does NMUN work? As part of the UN General Assembly, the Security Council or several subcommittees, the participants represent their assigned country. For the dabate in each conference, the organisators of the National Collegiate Conference Association (NCCA) provide various topics, which are equivalent to the agenda of the UN, like humanitarian intervention, child soldiers, HIV/ AIDS, or international terrorism.
Throughout the project, the delegates deal actively with the mode of operation and procedure of the United Nations and analyze complex international relations. Similar to real delecates, the participants formulate and adopt resolutions and reports. Additionally, the „temporary diplomats“ get the opportunity to contact their real pendants.

The Republic of India

The Republic of India is considered the largest democracy on earth. With more than 1.3 billion inhabitants, 121 languages spoken and religious pluralism lived on a daily basis, we represented a truely diverse country on the brink to becoming one of the world’s biggest economies.

Lessons learned

After an exciting kick-off in September 2020 and a overall positive outlook on an analogue conference 2021, things shortly turned more pessimistic. In January 2021, it became clear that the first-ever virtual NMUN conference would take place. For the majority of our delegation, this meant that we did not physically meet to prepare for the conference together like previous delegations. Instead, we organized online preparation sessions, workshops and – not to forget – socials. This also means that on this page, we can only present you with screenshots. But, be reassured, we made the very best of the situation.

The last conference get-together.

In the end, everyone agreed that the virtual conference and our preparation exceeded our expectations. Accordingly, our delegation was eventually awarded an honorable mention, an award that only the Top 20% of delegations can claim.

About the sdw

he Foundation of German Business (sdw) is one of the thirteen student funding organizations supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. It is not attributed to any denomination or party, but founded on the initiative of the German employers‘ associations with the aim of promoting young people of all disciplines and types of higher education who are socially committed and particularly willing to perform. In addition to material support, the sdw offers an idealistic support program to encourage scholarship holders in their development into socially responsible individuals by imparting knowledge and skills. Thereby, sdw was successfully represented at the NMUN in New York in the past seventeen years. Scholarship holders are thus offered the opportunity to gain negotiating experience on an international level, to deal with current topics of international politics and, together with committed students from all over the world, to gain insights into the working methods of the United Nations.

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