The new delegation 2023/2024

At the world’s biggest simulation conference National Model United Nations (NMUN) 2023 in New York we, the delegation from the University of Bamberg, have the honor to represent the Republic of Mozambique.

The Republic of Mozambique - Portuguese: República de Moçambique - is a country located in southeastern Africa bordered by the Indian Ocean to the east, Tanzania to the north, Malawi and Zambia to the northwest, Zimbabwe to the west, and Eswatini and South Africa to the southwest. Mozambique is known for its stunning beaches, abundant wildlife, and unique blend of African, Arab, and Portuguese cultures.

Mozambique is home to vast reserves of natural gas in the Rovuma Basin off the northern coasz, estimated to be one of the largest in the world. The discovery it has made Mozambique a significant player in the global energy market. The development of these reserves has attracted significant foreign investment and has the potential to transform Mozambique's economy, creating new jobs and boosting infrastructure development. In addition to natural gas, Mozambique also has significant reserves of coal, titanium, and other minerals, making it a potential leader in the mining industry in Africa. The country's strategic location along the Indian Ocean also makes it an important transportation and logistics hub for southern Africa, with a large port in Maputo, the capital city. 

The first cultures of Mozambique were formed by immigrating Bantu-speaking peoples who came to the country over a thousand years ago. In the 10th century, Arab and Persian traders established settlements along the Swahili Coast, which became a hub of trade and cultural exchange. Portuguese explorers arrived in the region in the late 15th century and established a colonial presence in what became known as Portuguese Mozambique. Mozambique gained independence from Portugal in 1975 after a long struggle for self-determination, including the Mozambican War of Independence (1964-1975). However, the country's post-independence era was marked by a civil war between the ruling FRELIMO party and the opposition RENAMO party, which lasted from 1977 to 1992 and claimed the lives of over a million people. Since the end of the civil war, Mozambique has undergone a process of national reconciliation and reconstruction, and has made significant strides in promoting peace, stability, and economic development. The country's democratic era, which began in 1993, has seen the establishment of multi-party democracy, free and fair elections, and improvements in human rights and governance.

On 16 September 1975, shortly after agining independence from Portugal, the Republic of Mozambique was admitted as an official member state to the United Nations. Mozambique was elected as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council from 1 January 2023 for the first time. In 1992, the UN played a key role in brokering the Rome General Peace Accords, which brought an end to the devastating civil war in Mozambique. The United Nations Operation in Mozambique (ONUMOZ) was established to oversee the transition to multi-party democracy in Mozambique and to implement the peace accords. The mission was successful in its mandate and played a crucial role in promoting reconciliation and reconstruction in the country. Mozambique has also contributed troops to several other UN peacekeeping missions, including the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) and the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID). In 2013, the UN established the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), which Mozambique has supported by contributing military and police personnel. The Republic of Mozambique is well integrated within Africa and is, among other organizations, a member of the African Union (AU), the Commonwealth of Nations, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLC).

The flag of Mozambique was adopted on May 1, 1983, and features three equal horizontal bands of green, black, and yellow with a red isosceles triangle based on the hoist side. Inside the triangle is a yellow star with a book, a hoe, and an AK-47 crossed above a blue wave. The green stripe represents agriculture, the black stripe represents the African continent, the yellow stripe represents the country's mineral wealth, the red triangle represents the struggle for independence, and the yellow star represents socialism and internationalism. The book, hoe, and AK-47 represent respectively education, agriculture, and defense. The blue wave represents the Indian Ocean, which borders Mozambique to the east.

We are excited to represent the Republic of Mozambique at NMUN 2023 in New York. 

The Delegates

Josephine Ehmke

Studies: B.Sc. Psychology

Organizational team: Sponsoring Team

Committee: The United Nations General Assembly First Committee (GA1)

Motivation: To learn more about international politics and diplomacy while broadening my horizons, challenging myself regarding public speaking and rhetoric, as well as meeting and exchanging ideas with new people.

Life Motto: “Let me live, love, and say it well in good sentences” ― Sylvia Plath.

Yannick Gebauer

Studies: B.A. Political Science

Organizational Team: Finance delegate 

Committee: Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)

Motivation: I would like to improve my skills in representing countries and their interests as well as learning about diplomatic behavior. 

Life Motto: Fall seven times, stand up eight.

Teresa Kressel

Studies: B.A. Political Science

Organizational Team: Press Publications & Final Report

Committee: United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA)

Motivation: My main motivation is to become more acquainted with diplomacy and international issues and understand what one can contribute by him-/herself to help solve issues and challenges that affect our planet today.

Life Motto: "I have never tried that before, so I think I should definitely be able to do that"- Pippi Langstrumpf

Daniel Lauer

Studies: B.A. Political Science 

Organizational Team: Sponsoring Team

Committee: The United Nations General Assembly Second Committee (GA2)

Motivation: Debating political issues and meeting people from all over the world.

Life Motto: -

Claudia Nakkazi

Studies: M.A. Political Science

Organizational Team: Head Delegate

Committee: Security Council (SC)

Motivation: It is an opportunity to gain insight into the functions of international politics and organizations and experience diplomacy firsthand beyond the classroom with diverse people from around the world. Moreover, such an environment allows me to learn more about myself and others, and by extension, about the dynamics of global politics and human interactions.

Life Motto: "You are the author of your own life story." ― Susan C. Young

Anna Over

Studies: B.A. Political Science 

Organizational Team: Social Media Team

Committee: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Motivation: NMUN offers me the perfect opportunity to finish my Bachelor studies and to see how political decisions in the UN are actually made. It is also the best opportunity to work and discuss about relevant and interesting political topics in an international environment with students from all over the world.

Life Motto: “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” - Nelson Mandela

Philipp Pedrós

Studies: B.A. Communication Science and Political Science

Organizational Team: Public Relations Team

Committee: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

Motivation: By taking the role of a diplomat by myself I want to get a deeper understanding of how the UN works and to learn negotiating with students from all over the world. Therefore, I have to get out of my comfort zone and that is why NMUN is a great chance to grow as a whole personality.

Life Motto: Go with the flow!

Maya Schwab

Studies: B.A. Political Science

Organizational Team: Sponsoring Team

Committee: The United Nations General Assembly Third Committee (GA3)

Motivation: I want to learn more about international politics, and I find it exciting to represent a state, which I rarely knew before. NMUN widens one’s horizon. In addition, I want to do politics on an international level and therefore it is a perfect opportunity to challenge myself at the very beginning and get to know if that is really what I want to do in my life.

Life Motto: A negative mind will never give you a positive life.

Halyna Tsymbalista

Studies: M.A. English and American Studies

Organizational Team: Public Relations Team

Committee: The United Nations General Assembly Second Committee (GA2)

Motivation: Studies show that one of the most common regrets of elderly people is missing out on opportunities they gave up because of fear or lack of time. Having both of these in my pocket, and the wonderful opportunity to join a worldwide famous initiative of the United Nations – NMUN, I decided to take away at least one reason for my future regrets.

Life Motto: “The brave are always to be lucky." - Ivan Bahrianyi

Johanna Vogler

Studies: B.Sc. Political science and Sociology

Organizational Team: Press Publications & Final Report

Committee: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

Motivation: The aspects which are the most interesting ones in my opinion and why I decided to participate at the NMUN Project are that I really wanted to understand the structures and processes behind the UN more, and to learn about the culture and political interests of other countries and to acquaint oneself in other different interesting perspectives. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet young people from all over the world in the conference in New York City and discuss international global issues for example world hunger, climate change and poverty. Additional I always wanted to visit New York, Washington D.C., and Berlin.

Life Motto: What's normal anyways?

Wiebke Laura Wentzler

Studies: M.Sc. International Business Administration

Organizational Team: Public Relations Team

Committee: Security Council (SC)

Motivation: Participating in a simulation project like NMUN allows me to expand my knowledge of international politics and how international organizations work. Moreover, taking on the role of a delegate promotes, among other things, soft skills of diplomacy, as well as giving speeches. I am looking forward to the challenge of learning about and adopting the perspective of another country in order to assert its interests.

Life Motto: “Nothing is impossible. The word itself says ‘I’m possible’.” – Audrey Hepburn