When we first met in October 2019, we quickly noticed that although we have different backgrounds and fields of study, everyone has an enormous motivation. We share this energetic atmosphere and tingling anticipation and support each other when it comes to worries and fears. Within our group of 15 students, some have already gained a lot of experience with the work of the United Nations, while others are newcomers, who get more and more acquainted with the subject and inspired by the experiences of others.
We work together on a weekly basis, dealing intensively with the history and geographical situation of Viet Nam. We discuss the status of the country from a global perspective and analyze Viet Nam’s position within the United Nations. Through our project manager Christian Sigl, we will be prepared in detail for the conference in March and April 2020 in New York.
At the start of the semester, we were divided into small groups in order to prepare presentations on Viet Nam’s history and foreign policy in the following months. The lectures are thematically divided into the general work of the United Nations (UN), the historical background of Viet Nam and Viet Nam’s role within the UN system. We present our research in English and thus both improve our language skills and get to know our assigned country better and better.
Short introduction of the 2020 delegation
presentation of our committees at nmun 2020
General assembly first committee
Moritz Regenspurger and Moritz Kinskofer are Viet Nam’s representatives in the GA1.
As the First Committee is a body of the General Assembly, all of the 193 UN Member States participate in it. The committee deals with any topic concerning disarmament and international security and serves as a forum for dialogue as well as cooperation in regard to matters the Security Council is working on.
For the NMUN 2020 the topics before the GA1 are:
- Establishment of a Nuclear Weapon Free Zone in the Region of the Middle East
- Advancing Responsible State Behavior in Cyberspace in the Context of International Security
- The Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All its Aspects
general assembly second committee
Felicitas Glehr and Tobias Zimolong, representing Viet Nam in the The General Assembly Second Committee (GA2).
The GA2 is in charge of economic and financial matters.
At the NMUN 2020 the GA2 is discussing about:
- Financing for Development
- Information and Communication Technologies for Sustainable Development
- Disaster Risk Reduction
general assembly third committee
Emily Holmes and Paula Boden are Viet Nam‘s representatives in the the General Assembly Third Committee (GA3) at NMUN 2020.
The GA3 is the primary UN forum for humanitarian issues. It is the largest representative body for human rights norms. It consists of all 193 UN member states and works closely with other international organizations that deal with human rights issues.
The topics of the 2020 NMUN conference A are:
- Rights of Indigenous People
- Empowering Conflict-Affected Children and Youth
- Implementing the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
the High-level Political Forum
Tamara Dick and Carolin Fuss are representing Viet Nam in the High-level Political Forum (HLPF) at the NMUN conference in NY 2020.
The HLPF is the central platform for the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals, providing information for the full and effective participation of all Member States of the United Nations.
For the NMUN 2020 the topics of the HLPF are:
- Building Partnerships to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
- Ending Abuse, Exploitation, Trafficking and All Forms of Violence against and Torture of Children
united nations security council
Alessandra Aue and Aaron Jahreiss are representing Viet Nam in the Security Council.
According to Art. 1 of the Charter of the United Nations, maintaining international peace and security is one of the main purposes of the UN – to do just that is the mandate of the SC. Consisting of 15 Members, including the „P5“, our committee reacts to and deals with acute threats to international security, works on improving multilateral relations and is the only UN organ that can adopt legally binding resolutions and decisions.
The topics they’ll be dealing with at the upcoming conference are:
- The Situation in Yemen
- Women, Peace and Security
- Protecting Civilians in Armed Conflict
Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Review Conference
Nicolas Goschler and Jannik Steinwender are Viet Nam’s representatives of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Review Conference at NMUN 2020.
The Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) is part of a special conference which is subsidiary to the Secretariat. It is considered to be the cornerstone of the international Non-Proliferation regime. The treaty was designed to achieve the goal of nuclear disarmament and general and complete disarmament, and to foster the peaceful uses of nuclear energy.
For the NMUN 2020 the topics in the NPT are:
- Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy
- Strengthening Measures Towards General and Complete Nuclear Disarmament
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
Carolin Deinzer is the representative in the UNESCO at NMUN 2020.
The declared purpose of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization is to contribute to promoting international collaboration in education, sciences, and culture in order to increase universal respect for justice, the rule of law, and human rights along with fundamental freedom proclaimed in the UN Charter. In order to achieve these objectives, there are five major programs: education, natural sciences, social/ human sciences, culture and communication/information.
The topics of the 2020 Committee are:
- Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage in Post-Conflict Areas
- Promoting Open Access to Scientific Information and Research
- Harnessing Emerging Technologies for the Achievement of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4
The United Nations Environment Assembly
Eike Stau and Alina Krößer are representing Viet Nam in the United Nations Environment Assembly at NMUN 2020.
The United Nations Environment Assembly is a fairly new committee. It was first created in June 2012, after a strengthening of UN Environment was demanded during the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. By its own account, the Assembly represents the focus on and importance of all environment-related issues.
The topics at NMUN 2020 will be:
- Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework
- Ensuring Sustainable Consumption and Production
- Mitigation of and Adaptation to Desertification and Drought