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The Model United Nations Society Göttingen e.V. (MUNSG) is a registered club and was established in 2005, when a group of students who decided to participate in the famous Harvard World MUN in Edinburgh formed the society. Since then, the society has constantly evolved and was proud to organize their first GöMUN-conference in 2009.
Since this first edition, GöMUN-conferences steadily grew. In 2010 we were for the first time able to simulate three committees and we moved the conference venue on the campus. In 2011, we hold a conference with the common motto for all committees: "It's a Man's World? - Challenges women facing in the 21st century". Ever since then every single conference has operated under a different conference topic. Moreover, the conference in 2011 marked the first time that we simulated a non-UN body.
At the 4th edition of the GöMUN-conference in 2012 our"Liesel" turned green, as we organized a green, environmental conference; at our 5th anniversary in 2013 the conference was dedicated to environmental issues again. In the wake of the NSA-scandal of 2014, the 6th edition of GöMUN focused on the topic "Security or Liberty - A choice to make?". The 7th edition of GöMUN was again inspired by current events, namely the Ukraine-crisis; the conference theme was "Casting Shadows - The aftermath of past conflicts in the present age". In 2016 the theme for our conference was „Asia Unbound – a continent on the rise!“. Asia as the world’s largest and most populous continent, exciting and yet facing countless challenges was a perfect topic for heated debates and interesting resolutions. During the 9th edition of our conference we wanted to make the UN great again! After realising the radicalization, dissatisfaction and disillusionment with politics all around the globe and the UN's unfortunate inability to cope with these problems the theme "Make the UN Great Again? - Striving for global unity" seemed to be a perfect fit. For our 10th anniversary edition in 2018 we chose “Apocalypse now? - How to outlive our past” as our theme. The topic acknowledges the current struggle of the international society to deal with the consequences of past decisions.
Apart from planning and holding the conference, the society works closely together with the Department for Political Science of the Georg-August-University Göttingen. Since the winter semester 2006/2007 the University offers an interdisciplinary seminar about the United Nations in cooperation with our society.
As a non-profit organization with the aim of improving international dialogue, the society also raises funds to offer financial support to its members, who wish to attend MUN-conferences, whenever possible.
Besides our engagement in Göttingen, we are working together with other MUN groups in Germany. Under the roof of the network Junges-UNO-Netzwerk (JUNON) we are helping to plan assemblies of delegates, workshops for other MUN groups and substantive work groups or study tours. Since the summer semester 2017 our society is proudly partaking in the project "UN im Klassenzimmer" (UN in the classroom), teaching pupils about the United Nations. JUNON is also a partner organization of the United Nations Association of Germany e.V.
Students from (almost) all faculties are members of our society. Despite our diverse backgrounds and disciplines there are a few things we all have in common: an interest for international relations and politics, foreign cultures and languages, discovering and learning new things.
Why MUNSG e. V.?
What our members say
I originally joined the society to work on a number of soft skills. That the whole experience has a large social component and meets my interests topic-wise is a great bonus. It’s a very fun, friendly group and conveniently located in my college town.
Some years ago I participated in a Model United Nations conference as a high school student. I really enjoyed it – the debates, the complex themes surrounding international relations, the atmosphere…. So when I came to Göttingen and started studying, it was clear to me that I would join the MUN Society Göttingen!
I like MUNs because they are fun!
I’m interested in MUNs, because it’s interesting to get to know unknown facts and statements on several topics of foreign countries. I like the MUNSG because it’s a crazy and lovely family.
I’m interested in MUNs because I want to work on my English skills apart from the university and MUNs give me the perfect chance to not only write in English and prepare speeches but to actually speak as well, a part that is gravely missing from my usual university life. Apart from that I also love to meet new people and work on my intercultural skills. Considering the academic aspect, MUNs also help me to improve my rhetoric skills and other soft skills necessary for later success in the work life.
If you are interested in international relations and politics, foreign cultures and languages, discovering and learning new things or just want to do something besides studying during your time as a student of the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen we would be happy to have you! Our weekly meetings take place every Monday during the semester at 8pm c.t. in the Oeconomicum 1.162. Feel free to join us whenever you like, new members can (and do) join the society all year around. Therefore, it is not awkward at all to show up in the middle of the semester, so you absolutely do not have to wait for our next “Einsteigerabend”. If you have any questions or feel unsure about something, do not hesitate to send us an email (email@example.com) or contact us via one of our social networks (buttons below).