These words of welcome are among of the more cheerful moments in my responsibilities as the chairman of the regional chapter of the German United Nations Association. Such occasions, however, are usually marked by some idle references to the change the world needs to see and in the same vain I could add my hope that the participants of this year’s Wiesbaden Model United Nations (WiesMUN) will contribute to making our planet a better place. But what is often lost in this motivational chatter is that there is and always will be a great deal of disagreement as to the direction of this change. When combating terrorism, do we accept a more invasive state for the sake of better security, or do we accept the risks that come with a society that favours freedom. When combating terrorism, should we accept strongmen to stay in place for the sake of stability, or do we foster broader changes, even if they come with short-term instability? These are by no means petty questions. There are good reasons to end up on either side of the debate. So when debating the issues at hand, let me express my hope that you will always err of the side of liberty. Debate rigorously, challenge your peers and provoke your opponents, for often the debate itself defines the society we live in. The organizers of this year’s WiesMUN have invested a great deal of time in making WiesMUN a promising reality and I can only urge you to make use of the opportunities provided. Conferences, it should be kept in mind, are not about a circulated agenda alone, but mostly about what is being gossiped in the breaks and about what is being achieved when dining and drinking once the sessions are adjourned. It is here that the more lasting achievements can be made and not always are these on the strictly professional side. With that being said, make sure to take history your hostage and enjoy this year’s WiesMUN.
I wish you all a very good time.
Patron of WiesMUN 2015,
Member of the Atlantic Councils “Young Atlanticist Working Group”,
Chairman of the “german society of the United Nations-Hesse”,
Author of the book “Kalter Kafee in Tiflis”
Political interest is a valuable good which can’t be supported enough. People who do politics don’t just let things happen, they make decisions and are able to move something. Besides, politics is fun, communicative and leads to education about new topics. Sadly, many people are not interested in politics and skip over the political part in newspapers directly to sports and boulevard. As member of the german parliament I therefore support the „Verein zur politischen Partizipation“. It fights for political engagement of youngsters and shows them with their UN simulation WiesMUN, how much fun politics is and how it works. Thank you for your engagement and enjoy debating on the next WiesMUN conference. Carry on!
Dr. Kristina Schröder
Member of the german parliament,
Federal minister (former)
Political and social participation of young people is important and necessary. Most young people are not as politically apathetic as it is often claimed. This is proven by the voluntary work of the „Verein zur politischen Partizipation“, in order to promote social commitment, political participation and political clarification. Their project „WiesMUN“ enables a meeting of youngsters from many countries, in order to discuss current terms of world politics. It’s good that youth shows interest in politics.
Mayor of the state capital Wiesbaden
Many people consider politics as an opaque and inscrutable process. Therefore the „Verein zur politischen Partizipation e.V.“ aims to counteract non partisan to these circumstances and procure a political understanding, especially for youngsters. […]
The participants of the Wiesbaden Model United Nations conference will get to know which value the United Nations work has in a multilateral world order. I wish you as society, as well as the participants of WiesMUN lots of fun and success.
Member of the german national parliament,
Member of the committee for education, scientific Research and technology assessment