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An intensive week of lectures, debate, United Nations Security Council simulations and social events, it's the annual Danish Model United Nations
Students from all around the world gathered at this year’s Danish Model United Nations (DanMUN 2012), taking place in the Frederiksberg Palace, Copenhagen. The event provided a unique experience for university students by simulating the demanding life of a real diplomat.
Six days of organized visits, lectures, evening panel debates and United Nations Security Council mock-up sessions, helped the students to get familiar with the procedures of formal negotiations and with the practice of backdoor diplomacy.
As delegates, each student represents one of the members of the United Nations Security Counicl jointly with two of their fellow colleagues.
The members of all fifteen delegations are expected to know their countries’ position on given topics in order to react as realistically as possible in a debate.
The event encourages all participating students to actively contribute to their delegation’s negotiation processes, enabling them to practice communicating critical thinking in public, which is usually the worst fear of many, in order to defence and advance the policies of their »new home country«.
Other than this year’s scenario ‘North Korea: a threat to international peace and security’, there are many other topics to cover during social events and informal gatherings.
Jonáš Vnouček, Chairman of the event said that »other than a chance to study group dynamics and to develop public speaking and debating skills, students are often looking forward to do a great amount of networking as well«.
As the participants come from many different countries and universities and from diverse academic disciplines, »DanMUN gives a great opportunity for a truly multicultural understanding of international negotiations and diplomacy, as well as a distinct chance to exercise individual political convictions in practice, all in a friendly and social environment,« he said.
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