CologneMUN 2018 warmly thanks Ms. Lord Mayor Henriette Reker of the City of Cologne and Mr. Prof. Dr. Claus Kreß LL.M. (Cambridge), Director of the Institute for International Peace and Security Law Chair for German and International Criminal Law of the University of Cologne, for their patronage.
“In October 2016, the former German President Joachim Gauck spoke with notable concern about the development of ‘a feeling of uneasiness with international integration’ and about the fact that the ‘belief in the nation state as the exclusive solution centre experiences a renaissance’. It is crucial that young people, who are on their way to take responsibility, campaign against such a diffuse and unhappy mood and instead acknowledge the fact of international interdependence in order to deal with it constructively. The ‘Model United Nations’ contest offers an excellent forum to develop the necessary skills for future international decision makers. I am delighted that the University of Cologne has become the venue for the 2018 competition, and I am therefore very happy to meet the wishes of the Cologne organizing team to take over the patronage.” – Claus Kreß