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United for lunch

Tuesday, second day of the conference

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The opening statements kept going on. But unless one of the key states’ representatives spoke nobody appeared to be paying much attention. The opening statements were scheduled to last until thursday afternoon, then the real work will begin. So they say.

Far away from the delegates and the General Assembly Hall the NGOs were already busily holding panels and discussions. With their freshly printed business cards Jacob and Lukas were quick to find the first interview partners for the morning. Nick Roth, a lobbyist representing communities where US nuclear research laboratories are located, spoke first. After that David Krieger, the president of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation delivered some of his viewpoints to the camera. Thanks to the extensive testing Jacob and Lukas had conducted, everybody was quick to familiarize with our new video-equipment. The picture is clear, the sound crisp. The quality of the interviews is now solely dependent on what is being said.

In the meantime I had joined a small discussion another German youth NGO had set up with Roderich Kiesewetter, a German member of parliament and former military colonel. As a member of the CDU party he is working in the Bundestag’s foreign policy commission. Disarmament and military security strategies are his key topics. A slight resemblance to Karl Theodor zu Guttenberg is hard to deny. He spoke about efforts to free German territory of Nuclear Weapons and Europe’s difficulties to adapt a shared position on the general issue. At the end we provisioned an interview for the next day, to take place in the German Embassy to the United Nations across the street.

The extensive lunch hour inside the UN cafeteria was very enjoyable. The wide window front reveals an almost idyllic view on the Hudson River. It is a bright and pleasant place. People from all over the world being for once truly united in their need to eat. The food is good and affordable. Only the diplomats hide away in a separate dining room. Even here unity only goes this far.

By chance we met Sebastian Gräfe in the lobby of the conference building, one of the representatives of the Heinrich Böll Stiftung from Washington, who we had previously been in touch with. It was pure luck, but the man sitting on the couch just seemed so familiar. We had seen his picture on the website when we were researching potential partners for our project. Now he actually set us up with the contact to Annalena Baeckbock, who is member of executive board of the European Greens Party. In the afternoon she did not hesitate to give us an extensive interview in front of the United Nations building.

Leo, the fourth of the team to arrive, had joined us earlier this morning. Every hand and mind was desperately needed. Not willing to let go a single opportunity we actually had accumulated a considerable amount of work. We dedicated the rest of the day to regaining an overview over what had to be done. Where to start?  Jacob began to seriously address the issue of the new website. Lukas continued to fight with the video editing software. Leo started to translate the interview with Annalena Baerbock which we had held in German. I edited the latest photographies and tried to get some order into my thoughts, still not quite believing to be in New York.

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