Student Officers


    First Committee

  • Mr. Leonard Brenk

    Main Chair of the First Committee of the General Assembly
    first_committee@munol.org
    Hello everyone,
    my name is Leonard Brenk and I will be serving as the President of the General Assembly of the next year’s MUNOL conference. I live in Lübeck and attend the Thomas-Mann-School in the final grade. This MUNOL will be my 11th and unfortunately last conference. Apart from MUN my hobbies include practicing martial arts, playing piano and travelling.
    I am looking forward to meeting you all and working with you to make MUNOL 2018 the most memorable conference to date.

    Concerning this years conference theme my first associations with the term „globalism“ are probably internationality, cooperation and transnational exchange. All of this sound pretty positive and beneficial at first sight. We can make an amazon-order on Monday and get the product at least on Thursday - more or less no matter in which country it has been developed, manufactured, assembled or transported from. International security and justice can be improved by setting global standards. And considering economic growth resulting from offering a broad set of products and services all over the world. An economic cooperation where the value chain and supply chain depend on economic knowledge and natural resources.

    But globalism does not only have positive impacts and worldwide millions of people are afraid of globalism and demonstrate their fear and protests against it. Therefore we should try to analyse pros and cons sytematically to understand the arguments against globalism and try to find answers to avoid these negative impacts by concrete measures.

    As an example in favor and against globalism:
    There are not many people left who do not have a smart phone e.g. an iphone by apple. Apple develops in the US, manufactures in China by Foxconn or many other subsuppliers and sells the products worldwide. By doing so, Apple gets the benefit from China as a low cost country for different kind of value added and sells the product to Ireland first; from their with an extremely high margin to the worldwide shops. Two negative impacts appear: First Apple gets benefit of the low tax arrangements of the EU-member Ireland and accumulates billions of earnings with nearly no tax payments, second Apples purchasing power squeezes its subsuppliers worldwide for lowest costs and might therefore support indirectly exploitation up to child labor. By buying these products the consumers appreciates the technological progress for a reasonable price, however supports also kind of negative impacts of globalism actively.

    An other example of how globalism proves beneficial to the western every-day live are fashion companies like H&M. Cooperations between German headquarters and manufacturing companies in countries with cheap Labour and low Human Rights observation regarding for example working conditions in factories enable the richer countries to become even richer and cause less developed countries to suffer the economic downfall, ruin their nature and environment. For the western population buying a T-Shirt for 5€ might be an advantage, but for those exploited by economic giants, it‘s not.

    This is why globalism proves to be a multifaceted and complex issue, containing several positive aspects, but at the same time as well holding threats and possible dangers for the world community and economy. This is why it is our duty to achieve the most efficient and promising solutions for all the unsolved problems - lets discuss and find ways to improve.
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  • Ms. Hannah Ickes

    Deputy Chair of the First Committee of the General Assembly
    first_committee@munol.org
    Hello, my name is Hannah and I am 18 years old. In my free time, I do sports, read, learn languages and travel. Exploring new countries and cultures, really is one of my most favourite things to do.
    Every holidays, my family and I plan city trips, mostly within Europe. We have been to Dublin, Lisbon, Budapest, Vienna and a whole bunch more. Sometimes we chose to travel by plane, but mostly this is not necessary. Travelling by car within the European Union is an enjoyable thing to do. No joking! You just have to buy a badge to be able to use the foreign streets and then the journey can start.
    I believe I have only passed once through a border control in my entire life. Isn’t this astonishing? My father always enjoys marvelling at it. Since we are for hours on the street, we have story time in the car. He tells us that when he was a child they used to wait forever to cross the border between Austria and Germany. Today, it’s just a spin you do while visiting family in Bavaria.
    Influence of the European Union at it’s best. I think the EU is one of the greatest examples for globalism. Firstly come to mind to improve European relations, it symbolizes an economic and political union nowadays, for instance the European Single Market or the fact that members hand some of their powers to the EU.
    Certainly, there are good things about it, but unfortunately a lot of criticism is aroused as well. The Brexit shows that not all citizens are happy about the loss of autonomy which goes along. Furthermore, right wing extremist groups instrumentalize the criticism.
    All in all, it is obviously a really controversial topic which promises fruitful debates for MUNOL 2018!
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  • Ms. Rilana Werthmann

    Deputy Chair of the First Committee of the General Assembly
    first_committee@munol.org
    Hey everyone!
    My name is Rilana Werthmann and at this year’s MUNOL conference I will serve as the Deputy Chair of the Disarmament and International Security Committee of the General Assembly. MUNOL 2018 will be my first conference as a chair and my fifth conference in general. I visit the 10th grade of the Thomas-Mann-Schule in Lübeck. In my free time I draw a lot. Also I love to read and I do volunteer work in my community. Once every second week I take care that round about 10-15 children of refugees from more than fice different countries, have a good time and a bit fun during those hours they visit the “mulitcultural café”.
    What impact has globalism on my life?
    When I was thinking about it I remembered my geography lessons at school. We talked about the connecting and the separating life. But when you think more about this topic you should notice that we in Germany see only one side of it.
    As an example: once a year my family and I make holidays on a cruise ship. In that way I saw more than 16 countries which wouldn't be possible without globalism, we can just enter different nations, as the companies owning the cruise ships are that important today. Without globalism nearly everything of my belongings wouldn't be mine.
    Globalism as a great impact on everyone but the problem is that majority in better developed countries just knows about the them affecting advantages. That shouldn't be the case everyone should be aware that also globalization and globalism has a downside. May the upcoming conference help us all to understand this complex topic better.
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    Second Committee

  • Mr. Mihai Sandu

    Main Chair of the Second Committee of the General Assembly
    second_committee@munol.org
    Hello!
    I am Mihai, a 16-year-old student at the "Mihai Viteazul" National College, Bucharest, Romania! I am excited to chair debates at MUNOL 2018 and am looking forward to meeting new people in Lübeck! I find joy in photography, physics and MUN. As for how globalism affects my daily activities the matter is quite complex: Romania has plenty of resources but there are some necessities that we cannot obtain from within the borders of the country: food, medicaments, gas and mobile phones represent some of the most imported objects in our country. The trade export deficit in our country is one of the reasons for our shaky economy, so globalism has a harmful effect in our case. If globalism stopped tomorrow life from an individual’s perspective would be tougher as not much technology is produced here, many foods would be unobtainable, and many other shortages would become evident, therefore two possibilities would be plausible: either the country adapts, and local market develops, or the country cannot sustain the transition period and consequences might be dire. As a conclusion, globalism is a necessity to some extent, but we need to find solutions so that it does not affect the economy of a state. read more
  • Mr. Carlo Martin

    Deputy Chair of the Second Committee of the General Assembly
    second_committee@munol.org
    Hello!
    My name is Carlo Martin, I am a 15 years old student from Lübeck and this year’s conference and especially its theme does matter a lot to me because it symbolizes the core of the most basic changes in our new world. Of course, there are a lot of advantages that come with globalism such as better opportunities to connect with people all over the world or just a large variety of available products from different countries.
    But sadly, this is mostly only the case in western countries, which I experienced in a more extreme way by travelling to Tanzania and supporting a humanitarian project. Thereby I realized that there definitely are winners and losers of globalism and that we, all of us, being able to live in such luxury and to discuss this topic in such an amazing event are the winners. I have a very comfortable live with lots of hobbies and material luxury but this often makes you forget that there are people who are not given this privilege, who ended up being the losers of globalism which adds a bitter taste to the whole thing.
    Therefore, I hope that we, everybody at MUNOL, will productively discuss and figure out ways to help these people as it is on our hands to recover the losses many people before us provoked and to make our world a fairer one.
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    Third Committee

  • Mr. Leonard Brenk

    Main Chair of the Third Committee of the General Assembly
    third_committee@munol.org
    Hello everyone,
    my name is Leonard Brenk and I will be serving as the President of the General Assembly of the next year’s MUNOL conference. I live in Lübeck and attend the Thomas-Mann-School in the final grade. This MUNOL will be my 11th and unfortunately last conference. Apart from MUN my hobbies include practicing martial arts, playing piano and travelling.
    I am looking forward to meeting you all and working with you to make MUNOL 2018 the most memorable conference to date.

    Concerning this years conference theme my first associations with the term „globalism“ are probably internationality, cooperation and transnational exchange. All of this sound pretty positive and beneficial at first sight. We can make an amazon-order on Monday and get the product at least on Thursday - more or less no matter in which country it has been developed, manufactured, assembled or transported from. International security and justice can be improved by setting global standards. And considering economic growth resulting from offering a broad set of products and services all over the world. An economic cooperation where the value chain and supply chain depend on economic knowledge and natural resources.

    But globalism does not only have positive impacts and worldwide millions of people are afraid of globalism and demonstrate their fear and protests against it. Therefore we should try to analyse pros and cons sytematically to understand the arguments against globalism and try to find answers to avoid these negative impacts by concrete measures.

    As an example in favor and against globalism:
    There are not many people left who do not have a smart phone e.g. an iphone by apple. Apple develops in the US, manufactures in China by Foxconn or many other subsuppliers and sells the products worldwide. By doing so, Apple gets the benefit from China as a low cost country for different kind of value added and sells the product to Ireland first; from their with an extremely high margin to the worldwide shops. Two negative impacts appear: First Apple gets benefit of the low tax arrangements of the EU-member Ireland and accumulates billions of earnings with nearly no tax payments, second Apples purchasing power squeezes its subsuppliers worldwide for lowest costs and might therefore support indirectly exploitation up to child labor. By buying these products the consumers appreciates the technological progress for a reasonable price, however supports also kind of negative impacts of globalism actively.

    An other example of how globalism proves beneficial to the western every-day live are fashion companies like H&M. Cooperations between German headquarters and manufacturing companies in countries with cheap Labour and low Human Rights observation regarding for example working conditions in factories enable the richer countries to become even richer and cause less developed countries to suffer the economic downfall, ruin their nature and environment. For the western population buying a T-Shirt for 5€ might be an advantage, but for those exploited by economic giants, it‘s not.

    This is why globalism proves to be a multifaceted and complex issue, containing several positive aspects, but at the same time as well holding threats and possible dangers for the world community and economy. This is why it is our duty to achieve the most efficient and promising solutions for all the unsolved problems - lets discuss and find ways to improve.
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  • Mr. Alexandru Hodivoianu

    Deputy Chair of the Third Committee of the General Assembly
    third_committee@munol.org
    My name is Alexandru Hodivoianu and i have been involved with the MUN since i was 13 years old due to the fact that my mother is an English teacher and of the organisers of MUNOB. At first, i was involved in the backstage aspects of the conference (printing badges, arranging furniture and bringing snacks), but soon i found myself passionate about research, designing possible solutions to conflicts and keeping up wih news. Winning last year the Best Delegate Award in the Disarmament Committee at MUNOB 2017 came as a reward for many years of dedication. I am also passionate about sports and played professional basketball for a big Romanian team- Steaua Bucharest.
    Globalism is a very complex phenomenon, indeed. For me, the concept of a global state as opposed to multiple sovereign states that are usually prone to conflicts especially in the region that i come from- Balkans - would offer stability and the absence of conflicts. I believe that if globalization is something that we cannot really escape, globalism could become a viable solution that would ensure equal distribution of wealth and lack of conflicts. However, i don't think this would happen anytime in the near future, but seems an utopian dream.
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  • Mr. Rishabh Jain

    Deputy Chair of the Third Committee of the General Assembly
    third_committee@munol.org
    My name is Rishabh Jain and I will be the Deputy Chair of the Third Committee at the MUNOL Conference 2018.
    Talking about the new Conference Theme ”Globalism: connecting or separating?“, Globalism has indeed a great impact and affects on our daily life, starting from social media up to the internet and news channels.
    There are several arguments and aspects on this very current topic: Some people opine that Globalism destroys small businesses and states lose their importance and significance. On the other side, the advocates of globalism believe, that only through it we are able to buy fruits and vegetables all year round. Only due to Globalism the whole world is connecting. Only due to Globalism we can buy everything in every region and at any time.
    How can an LEDC (Less Economically Developed Country) build up its own economy, if it is run over by huge companies? The answer is simple: It cannot! Also, the inequality of wealth is getting worse and worse!
    Moreover also the contribution of digitalization on Globalism is integral. The technologies have changed our society and social and cultural customs rudimentary, as we now have a complete view and perspective, due to new, effective techniques and facilities.
    However, we should ask ourselves: Is a new era of companies starting? How will the future look like? Is Globalism connecting or separating?
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    Fourth Committee

  • Ms. Clarissa Schmal

    Main Chair of the Fourth Committee of the General Assembly
    fourth_committee@munol.org
    Hi everyone, I am Clarissa and will have the pleasure of navigating the delegates of the 4th Committee through the adventure that is MUNOL 2018. If anyone had told me two years ago that I would not only move to Denmark, but also discover MUN and spend all the free time a busy IB student has on debating, I would probably have expressed my incredulity. However, the MUN-world seduced me right away and after having attended seven conferences, I have quite some MUN-experience under my belt. The conference theme “Globalism: connecting or separating” is right up my alley, since I have been confronted with the challenges of globalization and globalism ever since I left my home country Germany. Being a foreigner in the country I live in and realizing that my personal values and norms are far from being cast in stone, has definitely coined me. Moreover, the conference theme made me aware of how lucky I am to have been born in the part of our world that is benefiting the most from the rise of global players dominating the global market. Nevertheless, I believe that the enhanced communication and digitalisation is nothing anyone should feel afraid of. We are after all global citizens of a rapidly changing world and connected by the fact that we share the enthusiasm for making a difference! I cannot wait for an awesome conference to begin and am fully convinced that we will be having a blast while enjoying some fiery and fruitful debates! read more
  • Mr. Ole Behrendt

    Deputy Chair of the Fourth Committee of the General Assembly
    fourth_committee@munol.org
    Hello, my Name is Ole Behrendt, and for MUNOL 208, I will be the Deputy Chair of the fourth committee (which I’m really happy about!). I am 16 years old and I visit the Thomas-Mann-School in Lübeck, where MUNOL takes place. My interests are widely spread, as I’m really interested in how things work, especially in physics or informatics, however, I really enjoy debating and politics as well.
    Globalism has been an important thing in my whole life, it has brought ma many advantages and happy moments in my life, especially concerning food: Being able to eat things from all around the world directly in Lübeck is something that is only possible in a globalized world. As well, since I am a passionate gamer, globalism enabled me to talk to people from all around the globe and get to know their stories. The third great thing about globalism especially for me as a German is the possibility for me to simply fly to any other country and get to know their culture within a few days.
    Seeing the issue from an economic point of view, globalism does have advantages as well. Due to international trade, some companies have become so called `Global Players´ which are selling their products all around the world. For politics, globalism led to the need of international solutions for problems such as poverty, crime and terror. No state should restrain from its international duties, and no state should be left alone with its issues.
    On the other hand, globalism also has got some downsides, and although most of them don’t directly affect my daily life, such as the pollution of the seas by ships or the noise pollution close to airports, these are still important things that should be mentioned. The only real `problem´ globalism brings to my daily life is the first world problem of not knowing what to choose from the huge range of goods that are available in our world today.
    Therefore, I am quite happy about globalism, however, I see the issues: it causes such as increasing poverty in some parts of the world and believe that solving those problems is really important to make this world a place where future generations are still able to live properly.
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    Commission on Population and Development

  • Mr. Mika Parlowsky

    President of the Commission on Population and Development
    commission_population_development@munol.org
    Hi everyone,
    My name is Mika Parlowsky, I'm 17 years old and I'm visiting the 12th grade of the Thomas-Mann-Gymnasium in Lübeck.
    In my free time I play soccer and the guitar. I'm planning to study Politics and International Relations after I will have graduated.
    After RIMUN once, three times THIMUN and four previous MUNOL conferences, including being Deputy Secretary General in 2017, MUNOL 2018 will be my 9th and last MUN as a student, in which I will serve as the PECOSOC.
    Globalism affects everybody in the world. In my daily life, I'm very much dependent on big global companies, the global players.
    Living in Germany, globalism is seen in many ways. One example is the influence of the biggest economic groups in politics. What would Germany be without its car industry? In the recent emission scandal, no laws can pass without the car producer lobby carefully reading it and using its influence against it. If we want to accepted or not: countries are dependent on their economy which is dominated by global players. They have to act according to what will be the best to follow the world market and to not lose the connection to it. Therefore, acting for the electorate becomes more and more difficult for the legislative power.
    In addition to that, it becomes more and more clear that global players, who definitely lack the authorization for doing so, not only influence political debates but also actively work on draft laws with politicians they influence by lobbying, who then submit it in parliament. The border between lobbying and corruption is, as you can see, fluent, which is also an effect of Globalism.
    Therefore, globalism affects all countries on earth, their governments and, more importantly, us, their population.
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  • Ms. Ismay Jalving

    Vice President of the Commission on Population and Development
    commission_population_development@munol.org
    Hi everyone, my name is Ismay and I am from the Netherlands. I have been passionate about playing sports, especially hockey, since I was young. MUNOL 2018 will be my first trip that I will experience after having finished my IBDP exams. It will also be my first conference as a chair.
    For me globalism is a process I am involved in daily. Globalism does not have an on and off switch, so there is no escape to not be affected. I like travelling a lot, to explore and experience new cultures and environments. But due to globalism cities start to look alike more and more. The true culture is hard to find because cultures are slowly merging into one. To me this means that globalism might be a limiting factor to truly new experiences. Adding to this, a bump in the road to true globalism is the fact that not all countries are able to benefit from it equally. However, globalism also has its positive side regarding opportunities that are created for people like me. For example, the option of studying abroad has become a realistic choice, something that might not have been possible without globalism. Also, what I wear, use and eat has been promoted by globalism in a way. Enormous amounts of varieties of products are produced and can be chosen from.
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    Economic Commission for Africa

  • Mr. Beni Halmos

    President of the Economic Commission for Africa
    economic_commission_africa@munol.org
    Hello everyone! I’m Beni, the President of the Economic Commission for Africa at this year’s MUNOL.
    Having moved to a foreign country at the age of 7, I could see effects of globalization with my own eyes. I remember looking out of the car window and seeing the exact same brands and logo’s as in my home country, as if I was still there. Over the years, I noticed that I because of globalization I could stay better connected with my family and friends in my home country, as it wasn’t hard to find something to talk about that was common in both our countries. To this day, I amazed that no matter where I travel on Earth, I can always find an Apple store to quickly buy a new phone charger, and that when I am travelling through Europe I rarely have to worry about currency exchange. As a result of globalism I can also choose to study abroad without too much extra effort; something which I couldn’t do if countries were to be isolated more from one another.
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  • Mr. Jonathan Aurin

    Vice President of the Economic Commission for Africa
    economic_commission_africa@munol.org
    Hello everyone!
    I am Jonathan Aurin and I am going to be your Vice President of the Ecomic Commission for Africa at MUNOL 2018.
    Globalism affects my daily live in uncountable ways. The best example that just comes to my mind is probably that I spent the last year of my life in Thailand as an exchange student. I paid an organisation to bring me there and to organize my stay in Thailand. AFS Intercultural Programs is an international youth exchange organization. It consists of over 50 independent, not-for-profit organizations, one for each country they are working with. If it wasn’t for globalism, international organisation like this couldn’t work the way they do.
    Of course there is the connecting aspect when you talk about globalism, but we, privileged people living in wealthy countries, have to see the responsibility that comes with our wealth. There are nations depending on us, so we have to be careful not to take advantage of them.
    The cloths we wear, the phone we use and even the keyboard I’m typing this text with. Those are all things that are mostly produced in foreign countries and being that also products of the Globalism. The opening of the global market creates a lot more competition for every company. So we buy products from other countries because they are either cheaper, or of better quality than the regional produced goods.
    I believe globalism is a great opportunity for the world to ensure wealth and peace throughout the world and get rid of thinking in nationalistic terms but as long our wealth is just based on the exploitation of other nations there are still a lot of things to change.
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    Environment Commission

  • Ms. Jenny Sou

    President of the Environment Commission
    environment_commission@munol.org

    Globalism. The Operation or planning of economic or foreign policy on global basis. Something seemingly far away from me and irrelevant for a single individual in such a huge society. Why should such a term including economics and policy be important for a 15 year old? A 15 year old playing soccer and debating in her free time who is seemingly not even approximately associated with globalism.
    But actually, I'm facing it every day. Whether it's in the supermarket, at school or at my hobbies. It’s kind of haunting me. The simplest example is my daily breakfast. I love to eat avocado but obviously we don’t have any avocado plantations in my hometown Hamburg. It's imported from some subtropical countries.
    Especially the aspect of MUN is affecting me the most on my daily basis. Not just that the principle of the UN itself relies on the networks of connections that span multi-continental distances, but as well as the fact that, just because of those points stated, I'm able to get together with simulating delegates to debate about current situations. In addition, just the circumstance that I'm able to inform myself, about the current situations or other things, through the internet is a part of my everyday life. And as the internet is a part of my life it's also an important part of the globalism.
    So once again, we're back at it.
    I'm never going to get rid of it. But the question is, whether I even want to?
    Your President of the Environment Commission, Jenny
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  • Mr. Andrei Calmac

    Vice President of the Environment Commission
    environment_commission@munol.org
    My name is Andrei Calmac and I am 17 years old. I study at "Mihai Viteazul" National College in Bucharest. I like meeting new people, discovering new points of view over a certain topic and expanding my knowledge over issues that affect the world we live in.
    Globalism influences in many ways my daily life such as giving the opportunity for goods that aren’t made in the country I live in to make their way into the market, giving me, the consumer, a wider variety to choose from in order to find the best product (I think my position regarding this aspect would be diffrent if I would be a local antreprenour), affecting the international communication, making sharing my ideas with people outside the country through internet, especially social media, much easier and also easing travelling to other countries. These impacts make globalism one of the most influential factors in today’s world changing businesses,cultures and overall the economical balance of the world.
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    Special Conference on Globalism

  • Ms. Ana Hobai

    President of the Special Conference on Globalism
    special_conference_globalism@munol.org
    Hi there! My name is Ana Hobai and I am a student at “Mihai Viteazul”
    National College in Bucharest. I love travelling, so I like meeting new people,
    new cultures and getting to see things from different angles than the ones I am
    used to. I used to think about globalism quite often and whetherit affects my life in a positive way or a negative way. Of course, globalismallows us to experience other cultures, but then comes the fact that through
    globalization identities are lost.
    What I would like to point out is that globalism tought me how to say “Je
    t’aime”, “Yo no comprendo”, but it also tought people the Romanian song
    “Maiyahi”. Through the effects of globalism in our life we learn more about
    other countries, cultures and traditions, making us develop
    a daily sense of mcompassion or hatred for different nations and their cultures. However, the simple fact that we do not respect the environment we live in, leads to the melting of the icebergs. This and many other globalization phenomena made me aware of the fact that what we do affects not only me, but the people around us as well.
    In conclusion, I believe that globalism does not affect us only in a bad or a good
    way, most probably it affects us in both ways. It does not have a strong impact
    on us daily, but rather influences us on a daily basis.
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  • Mr. Nahum Negash

    Vice President of the Special Conference on Globalism
    special_conference_globalism@munol.org
    I am Nahum, a 16 year old coming from Hamburg, Germany that happens to be the Vice President of the Special Conference on Globalism. When it comes to globalism, I think of the terms connectivity and global players. Through just that, globalism affects my life every single day and yours probably too.
    I am using my cell phone every day. With that I am connecting with my friends through the internet almost every day. For instance, my good friend Edward, the Briton living in Denmark, and I are chatting through a messenger every now and then. Without the help of globalism, and the good old internet of course, this would certainly not be possible.
    For every aspect in economy there is a global player. In a nutshell, a global player is a company with worldwide presence. Whether it being my phone that I bought from a global player or the car my family has, we are, somehow subliminally, pushed into buying things coming from big companies through advertisements or friends, just to name a few. This can be seen as good and bad. As for me I take advantage of it, still I do care about how these things are made.
    To sum up, globalism accompanies and affects not only my life but yours as well.
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    Human Rights Council

  • Mr. Robin Schaub

    President of the Human Rights Council
    human_rights_council@munol.org
    My name is Robin Schaub and I am 15 years old. In my free time I like to do rowing or Computer Science. Of course, I like debating, which I started in 2016. MUNOL 2018 will be my 3rd MUNOL and my 6th MUN at all. A lot of people are travelling far just to see this MUN. In former times, maybe 150 years ago, travelling that a long distance just for one week of debating, was just unimaginable.
    Nowadays, trade, travel and communication are affected a lot by globalism.
    If I travel to another country, it is usually part of the EU or part of the Schengen agreement. When I cross the border, I don’t have to show my passport or apply for a visa. I can just pass it.
    Furthermore, even if I travel to a country outside of Europe, I can be sure, that I will have my human rights also guaranteed in this country. The UN is an international organization, which is helping countries all over the globe to communicate with each other. This is also a part of the growing globalism.
    Thus, globalism is helping and shaping our modern, international community.
    By the way, the fact that you, the Delegates from all over the world can read this text, is also only an affect of globalism.
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  • Ms. Pauline Lemke

    Vice President of the Human Rights Council
    human_rights_council@munol.org
    My name is Pauline Lemke, I am a student at Gymnasium Meiendorf, currently in Year 11.
    In my free time I like to meet up with friends, and play table tennis regularly, around two to three times a week. Actually, I like sport in general, and being outside, if the weather is nice enough.
    While I wrote this text, I suddenly realized: Globalism is more than what meets the eye.
    Thanks to globalism, I have the possibility to go into a supermarket and buy a wide range of items, such as exotic fruits, coffee, cocoa, and chocolate. Shopping centres usually offer clothes in a very inexpensive way. However, we also have to consider the negative effects of Globalism. We may have a congested market with a great variety, but people in other countries all over the world are dying, as they are working in unsafe workplaces, receiving only very little income, because of the way that we deal with this issue: we simply ignore it. Globalism is something that I am truly ambivalent about, as it only gives me advantages, yet there are people who are suffering, so that I can maintain my way of living.
    This is simply not right, still I don't really change anything about it, and to be honest I don't feel guilty about it. This truly makes me wonder. Nevertheless, I think globalism is a very important topic in current times. Maybe it's time to consider, that globalism not only has advantages, but also disadvantages for many, whose voices go unheard.
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    Security Council

  • Mr. Ömer Dereli

    President of the Security Council
    security_council@munol.org
    Hey there! My Name is Ömer Dereli and I am going to be the President of the Security Council. Currently I am 17 years old and live in Lübeck. MUNOL 2018 will be my 8th conference and my 3rd as a Student Officer. MUN is one of my biggest passions. Since I am interested at politics I follow global news every day. I can easily follow what happens around the world with just some simple clicks on my computer or on my mobile phone. Moreover, I can discuss about the news with friends all over the world via social media within seconds. The internet connects us all. I am connected to people coming from Brazil, Taiwan or even Saudi Arabia, but I am also connected to goods from those countries. I face them every day in the supermarket. There is a huge diversity of groceries coming all around the world. I could not wake up in the morning without my coffee from Columbia and it would be hard to imagine a life without my favourite fruit the mango from India or my cell phone from Korea and even my computer from the USA. We can find those things in every shop for the whole time of the year, even in winter. There is not only a huge diversity of different foods, there are as many companies who provide actually the same product. I think this multitude of so many different goods and products, coming from so many different companies, is great. But are there really so many different companies providing all the same stuff even with different prizes? Our daily life is influenced and based of products from big companies. If we take a closer look to the alleged diversity of companies we realize, that in most cases all “smaller” or unknown companies mostly belong to a huge global player. For example, most companies providing food are belonging to Nestle. But this should not take place in a free market system where competition stimulates business. States are nearly out of power when it comes to adjusting huge companies, since they are simply too important for a government. Global players, once settled in a state, are bringing thousands of working opportunities and taxes, from which states are depending. Adjusting companies in a way that could be a disadvantage for the company, could lead to the deduction of the company out of the state. Furthermore, those companies are playing a huge role not only in the local politics, rather they are influencing politics all around the world to their advantages, to earn as much money as possible. In the future the influence of governments will be shrinking, and huge companies are going to be the most powerful actors in states and probably in the world. read more
  • Mr. Lennart Frahm

    Vice President of the Security Council
    security_council@munol.org
    Hello,
    my name is Lennart, and I will be your Vice President of this year’s Security Council at MUNOL. I am 17 years old and attending 11th grade of the Thomas-Mann-School in the beautiful city of Lübeck. As this year’s conference theme will be “Globalism: connecting or separating?”, I would like to tell you how globalism affects me and my daily life. First of all, I would like to straighten out that I myself consume products globalism promotes. Supporting world wide known companies by simply buying their goods in my supermarket around the corner, makes me a suporter of globalism. But I would not claim myself as someone who relies on it. As my school is a Fair-Trade school, I see myself responsible in conveying ideologies the Fair-Trade company has into my everyday life, for example supporting small farmers or companies around the world and my region and buying their offered goods. As I am still struggling in judging if globalism really is a chance for me or more a threat to me, I am looking forward to listening to the interesting debates of this year’s MUNOL and maybe even finding a reasonable solution for myself.
    See you at MUNOL 2018!
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    Historical Security Council

  • Ms. Amelie Dresel

    President of the Historical Security Council
    historical_security_council@munol.org
    Hey everyone! My name is Amelie Dresel, I am a sophomore and I go to the Thomas-Mann-School in Lübeck. In my free time I like to do sports (especially boxing, dancing and swimming), read or hang out with friends. I also like to educate myself about our society and our history, and getting to know new cultures. I listen to almost any type of music there is, but my favourite artists are Queen and Peter Fox. I love dogs and I really want to give a stray dog a home.
    MUNOL 2018 will be my 7th conference in total and second as a chair. This year I’ll serve as President of the Historical Security Council. I am looking forward to successful debates and an exciting conference!
    I am currently doing an exchange year in Brazil, where I live in a city with roughly 1,8 million inhabitants. The level of security here is very low, you can’t walk around with your mobile phone in your hand for example, so especially private schools and banks need protection from raids and assaults. This protection, however, is not provided by the state’s police, but by private security companies. This need of protection goes so far that when my school ends, there are up to five guards at the entrance to ensure no one that is not allowed to enter the building. Furthermore, the banks are always heavily protected by visibly armed security guards patrolling in front of them. After five months living here, it is still very intimidating to me. When I was travelling recently, my mom’s friend was assaulted right next to me. It left me shocked, as I had never seen na assault in real life, and now I appreciate the situation in a privileged country like Germany even more. Fortunately, the two men did not pull out any weapons, but every other day you hear about a person assaulted and murdered in the news.
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  • Mr. Martin Stoykov Bivolov

    Vice President of the Historical Security Council
    historical_security_council@munol.org
    Hey, I am Martin Bivolov and I will be the Deputy President of the Historical Security Council at MUNOl 2018!
    Globalism, at its core, seeks to describe and explain nothing more than a world which is characterized by networks of connections that span multi-continental distances. Furthermore, globalism is a phenomenon with ancient roots. Thus, the issue is not how old globalism is, the issue is will it overtake us or will it save us. Let’s look at how the UN was formed. The thought proses that when while it was made could have been something along the lines: “Hey, we’re not talking like we should be talking! Did you see what Germany did? We need to prevent that from repeating itself! Because, we tried the League of Nations after the Great War, but now we know that all of the ‘important’ nations need to be involved”. Thus, the United Nations was born, in order to keep the countries of the world from exterminating each other.In conclusion, we should not expect — or fear — that globalism will lead to homogenization. Instead, it will expose us more frequently and in more variations to the differences that surround us. So, whether we like it or not we are connecting with one another for good or bad, and we cannot change that.
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Special positions

  • Mr. Leonard Brenk

    President of the General Assembly

    Hello everyone,
    my name is Leonard Brenk and I will be serving as the President of the General Assembly of the next year’s MUNOL conference. I live in Lübeck and attend the Thomas-Mann-School in the final grade. This MUNOL will be my 11th and unfortunately last conference. Apart from MUN my hobbies include practicing martial arts, playing piano and travelling.
    I am looking forward to meeting you all and working with you to make MUNOL 2018 the most memorable conference to date.

    Concerning this years conference theme my first associations with the term „globalism“ are probably internationality, cooperation and transnational exchange. All of this sound pretty positive and beneficial at first sight. We can make an amazon-order on Monday and get the product at least on Thursday - more or less no matter in which country it has been developed, manufactured, assembled or transported from. International security and justice can be improved by setting global standards. And considering economic growth resulting from offering a broad set of products and services all over the world. An economic cooperation where the value chain and supply chain depend on economic knowledge and natural resources.

    But globalism does not only have positive impacts and worldwide millions of people are afraid of globalism and demonstrate their fear and protests against it. Therefore we should try to analyse pros and cons sytematically to understand the arguments against globalism and try to find answers to avoid these negative impacts by concrete measures.

    As an example in favor and against globalism:
    There are not many people left who do not have a smart phone e.g. an iphone by apple. Apple develops in the US, manufactures in China by Foxconn or many other subsuppliers and sells the products worldwide. By doing so, Apple gets the benefit from China as a low cost country for different kind of value added and sells the product to Ireland first; from their with an extremely high margin to the worldwide shops. Two negative impacts appear: First Apple gets benefit of the low tax arrangements of the EU-member Ireland and accumulates billions of earnings with nearly no tax payments, second Apples purchasing power squeezes its subsuppliers worldwide for lowest costs and might therefore support indirectly exploitation up to child labor. By buying these products the consumers appreciates the technological progress for a reasonable price, however supports also kind of negative impacts of globalism actively.

    An other example of how globalism proves beneficial to the western every-day live are fashion companies like H&M. Cooperations between German headquarters and manufacturing companies in countries with cheap Labour and low Human Rights observation regarding for example working conditions in factories enable the richer countries to become even richer and cause less developed countries to suffer the economic downfall, ruin their nature and environment. For the western population buying a T-Shirt for 5€ might be an advantage, but for those exploited by economic giants, it‘s not.

    This is why globalism proves to be a multifaceted and complex issue, containing several positive aspects, but at the same time as well holding threats and possible dangers for the world community and economy. This is why it is our duty to achieve the most efficient and promising solutions for all the unsolved problems - lets discuss and find ways to improve.
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  • Ms. Beyza Günsür

    Content Officer

    Hello! My name is Beyza Günsür, I am 16 years old and currently in 10th grade here in Germany. I will serve as the Content Officer at MUNOL 2018.
    This year’s conference theme is selected „Globalism: connecting or separating?“ by our Secretaries Generals.
    So how does globalism affect my daily life? If you think for a second about it, you realize that a day wouldn't be as it is without globalism. Almost everything we eat, wear or use in general isn’t really “ours“. Have you ever noticed the little scripts, placed mostly under the item? “Made in (a country name)“. Try looking around and finding your country’s name under one of them. I guess you are lucky if you live in China, but living in an underdeveloped country makes this game someway harder. Ever thought why? Well, the answer is globalism.
    Globalism is like the worlds practical eBay or Amazon. So, you could describe it as networks of connections that span multi-continental distances. But why is it so that some countries don’t get to „play along“ in this game? Because globalism causes richer countries to get richer whilst the poorer ones get even poorer and some to collapse.
    Now it is your task to either stand up for them or to protect your economy to become even richer!
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  • Mr. Mika Parlowsky

    President of the Economic and Social Council

    Hi everyone,
    My name is Mika Parlowsky, I'm 17 years old and I'm visiting the 12th grade of the Thomas-Mann-Gymnasium in Lübeck.
    In my free time I play soccer and the guitar. I'm planning to study Politics and International Relations after I will have graduated.
    After RIMUN once, three times THIMUN and four previous MUNOL conferences, including being Deputy Secretary General in 2017, MUNOL 2018 will be my 9th and last MUN as a student, in which I will serve as the PECOSOC.
    Globalism affects everybody in the world. In my daily life, I'm very much dependent on big global companies, the global players.
    Living in Germany, globalism is seen in many ways. One example is the influence of the biggest economic groups in politics. What would Germany be without its car industry? In the recent emission scandal, no laws can pass without the car producer lobby carefully reading it and using its influence against it. If we want to accepted or not: countries are dependent on their economy which is dominated by global players. They have to act according to what will be the best to follow the world market and to not lose the connection to it. Therefore, acting for the electorate becomes more and more difficult for the legislative power.
    In addition to that, it becomes more and more clear that global players, who definitely lack the authorization for doing so, not only influence political debates but also actively work on draft laws with politicians they influence by lobbying, who then submit it in parliament. The border between lobbying and corruption is, as you can see, fluent, which is also an effect of Globalism.
    Therefore, globalism affects all countries on earth, their governments and, more importantly, us, their population.
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