Webster Vienna Model UN: Diverse student body organizes international event

| November 12, 2014
Webster Vienna Model UN

Students organized and executed Webster Vienna’s Model UN conference, creating a four-day experience of how the UN works and functions.

Webster Vienna Model UN

More than 100 delegates represented 45 nationalities. The 30-strong Webster Vienna Model UN organizational team alone accounted for 24 nationalities across six continents.

Webster Vienna Private University hosted its first Model United Nations conference, WebMUN, Oct. 18-21 providing students  opportunities to organize a major event, model the roles of political, diplomatic, business and non-governmental leaders in international relations, and cover it all from a global news media point of view.

The conference was months in the making, created and organized mainly by students with help from the Webster administration.

Lucas Amorelli Ribeiro Kornexl, senior International Relations student, served as the leader of the conference and the model UN Secretary General, with the theme of “Revolutionizing Model UNs.” His main goal for the WebMUN was to make sure the event was as accurate as possible and to give students real-life experience of how the UN works and functions in today’s society.

How The Conference Came Together

The conference consisted of five interconnected committees: the Council of the European Union, OPEC, UN General Assembly, UN Security Council, and the Press Committee. These committees discussed various current issues such as coordinating European energy policy, setting of new OPEC quotas, energy efficiency, environmental consequences, setting new development goals, simulated energy crisis, sustainable development, BRICS developing bank, and climate change.

Webster Vienna Model UN

Five committees discussed various current issues such as European energy policy, OPEC quotas, environmental consequences, and development goals.

In addition, Kornexl’s new idea for an “interconnectivity” approach was used in this year’s conference. Each day of the event concluded with various opportunities for all representatives to meet each other and form allies and partners.

Also, in between sessions of the committees, delegates met in “interconnectivity meetings” with fellow delegates representing the same country. During these 30-minute sessions, the delegates had the chance to coordinate their efforts and better achieve an outcome favorable to their state.

An International Event

Much like the Webster student body itself, the event was internationa,l with the participation of local students as well as guests. They included participants traveling from Webster University Geneva, the University of Vienna, the Faculty of Law from Belgrade and the Catholic University of Peru. The 30-strong organizational team alone accounted for 24 nationalities across six continents. With more than 100 delegates representing 45 nationalities, the conference was closely reflective of the reality of the UN itself.

The event also boasted a diversified press team composed of journalists, to keep delegates updated with news articles, video reports and social media. These reporters represented a variety of news agencies including Reuters, Die Welt, BBC, Al Jazeera, Fox and Ria Novosti. As an example of the media coverage, this short video features the news reporting Webster students composed to cover the WebMUN.

Webster Vienna Model UN

Students negotiate a resolution during the Model UN at Webster Vienna, as captured on the mywebsteru Instagram account.

Social Media Coverage

As part of the coverage of the event, student Dennis Heumann ran the @mywebsteru account, offering a variety of snapshots into the conference preparation and activities, as well as life at Webster Vienna overall.

Follow the @websteru account on Instagram as a different Webster student takes over each week.

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