This weekend, the Schiller Heidelberg Model United Nations team was sent to snowy Malmö, Sweden for a conference on West African Issues. A number of different committees of the UN were represented and detailed resolutions regarding a wide array of issues were passed through the mock General Assembly. Of eight awards in the conference, Schiller took home two, creating an image of success for both the University and those who participated.
Ryan Sherring was awarded the honorable mention for his part as Germany of the Disarmament and Security Committee (DISEC), sponsoring a resolution on the illicit trade of small arms and light weapons in West Africa. He was also voted as “most diplomatic by his committee”.
Natia Bueno (our photo) took home the highest honor of best delegate for her leadership in the Social, Cultural, and Humanitarian Committee (SOCHUM) and was voted “most likely to become a dictator” by her fellow committee members. She is truly an asset to her university and all those who get the privilege to work with her.
Frances Moran participated in the Social, Cultural, and Humanitarian Committee (SOCHUM) of the General Assembly as Colombia. Her first debate was very fruitful and she proved herself an excellent delegate by diplomatically solving controversial issues revolving around west African refugees and female genital mutilation.
Jenni Serena represented India in the Disarmament and Security Committee (DISEC) of the General Assembly and showed leadership regarding organization and treaty negotiation. She tackled the topic of illicit small weapons trade like a professional, despite this being her very first MUN conference.
Hector Garcia was Schiller’s representative in the Human Rights Council as Paraguay. Also an MUN rookie, Hector was quick to rise up as a leader in his own committee which covered human rights abuses by Boko Haram and LGBT equality and rights in West Africa. Other delegates were astonished at his speaking ability and charm.
Chris Ross represented Spain in the Security Council committee, countering the security issues of West African terrorism as well as the current situation in Mali. As a Security Council member, Chris had to use his renowned skill in negotiation to work around the veto power of the permanent five members of the Security Council. Just like his diplomatic ability, his dancing skills in the conference social event were rivaled by none.