The patron of CologneMUN 2018 is Prof. Dr. Claus Kreß, Director of the Institute for International Peace and Security Law at the University of Cologne.
“In October 2016, the former German President Joachim Gauck spoke with concern about both the emergence of “a feeling of discomfort regarding international interdependence” and of the revival of a “belief in the exclusive problem solving capacity of the nation State”. It is crucial that young people, who are on their way to take responsibility, raise their voices against such ill-guided sentiments and that they embrace the fact of international interdependence with the determination to shape it in a constructive spirit. The ‘Model United Nations’ contest constitutes an excellent forum for a meeting of such minds. I am thus delighted that the University of Cologne has become the host of such a competition, and it is with great pleasure that I have accepted the invitation of the organizing team to assume the patronage.”
– Prof. Dr. Claus Kreß LL.M. (Cambridge)