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On October 29th, German Chancellor Angela Markel announced she would not be running for chairwomen on the Christian Democratic Union in the scheduled December party vote, and she will not be seeking re-election as Chancellor of Germany.

“This term is my last as chancellor. I will not be seeking re-election as a CDU lawmaker. I will not be seeking any political posts after the current term ends in 2021,” effectively ending a tenure that being in 2005.

What drove Merkel’s decision to stand down? How did she raise to prominence? How was she able to hold political power for so long?

In our UN Deep Dive, we examine the Human Rights Council, a permanent council in the UN General Assembly. Established in 2006 to replace the UN Commission on Human Rights, the Human Rights Council investigates allegations of human rights abuses and addresses important thematic human rights issues such as freedom of association and assembly, freedom of expression, freedom of belief and religion, women’s rights, LGBT rights, and the rights of racial and ethnic minorities.

But why did the UN Commission on Human Rights get replaced with a new Council on Human Rights? What are the tangible differences? Has the Council worked to protect Human Rights more effectively than the Commission it replaced?

During the MUN Strategy Session, we talk about how to organize draft resolutions for large committees. With as many as 400 delegates in a single room, what are the best strategies for organizing and writing draft resolutions? How can you ensure other delegates and the dais understand what your draft resolution is trying to accomplish?

And finally, in Coach’s Corner, I explain why Unmoderated Caucuses are so important to Model UN success. And if they are so important, why you should probably be practicing for them in your training sessions. I’ll give you an exercise on how to simulate unmods so that your members can learn to navigate and lead them.

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