"NAMUN provides the camaraderie and attention of a small conference with the excitement and competition of a larger one. There's something for everyone."
Head Delegate, Brown University
Head Delegate, Brown University
Esteemed Delegates, Faculty Advisors, and Guests,
It is a great privilege to welcome you all to the 33rd iteration of North American Model United Nations. My Secretariat and I are proud to have been given the opportunity to continue the tradition of Canada’s oldest conference—one that has been in operation since its inaugural session in Toronto in 1985—with NAMUN 2018.
NAMUN’s Academics team is pleased to, once again, offer a distinctive roster of committees to the participants of our 2018 conference. This year, we have expanded our Academic Branch to accommodate 16 committees. The General Assemblies will be discussing a number of relevant issues spanning the topics of privacy and misinformation, peacekeeping, arms control, and biotechnology—all of which are critical to the changing global political climate. The Joint Crisis centers on the events of the Malayan Emergency in which the residual forces of colonialism clash with nascent nationalist sentiments. Our five-committee Integrated Crisis this year revolves around the political, economic, military, and social repercussions of the Colombian Conflict—a devastating and complex war that has lasted into the 21st century. The Specialized Agencies cover a broad scope of global affairs from Switzerland’s contradictory armed neutrality during the Second World War to the rise of the United Arab Emirates as a pillar of the Middle East. The second iteration of NAMUN’s International Court of Justice will hear the case Croatia v. Serbia, incorporating a stronger legal aspect into NAMUN. As in previous years, the French Committee—which will examine the Algerian War of Independence—and Ad Hoc committee also make their return.
Like the Academics branch, our Operations team has been hard at work organizing the accommodations, venue, catering, and overall logistical details for the conference. We are excited to present the Black and Gold Cocktail Party, a Gatsby-themed evening at the Great Hall of Hart House on the Friday night of the conference. On Saturday, we invite our staff and delegates to relax and socialize at our pub night event at the Firkin on Bloor, which is conveniently located right across from the Marriott Hotel. Finally, thanks to the diligent work of our Externals branch, NAMUN is more international than ever: we will have delegates from over 50 schools all over the world gathered to attend our conference this February.
At NAMUN, we distinguish ourselves by our NAMUN brand: as a medium-sized, academic focused, and delegate-oriented conference. My staff and I are always committed to providing each delegation, to the best of our ability, any assistance that is required to enhance their four-day stay in Toronto and at our university. We look forward to welcoming you all to NAMUN 2018!
Secretary-General, NAMUN 2018
Toronto is more than a city, it is a space for creativity, collaboration, and vivacity. With its sublime restaurants, cultural centers and booming nightlife, it is a place like no other.
Founded in 1793, Toronto is Ontario’s capital city and the country’s financial, cultural, telecommunications, media and entertainment hub. Toronto is now the fourth largest city on the continent, with a population consisting of individuals from around the world. With diverse neighbourhoods like Chinatown, Greektown on the Danforth and Little Italy, Toronto allows tourists to experience new cultures and international cuisine within the span of a couple subway stops!
Toronto boasts a vibrant theatre and performing arts scene, not to mention the world-renowned Toronto International Film Festival, a star-studded event that brings the entertainment industry’s biggest names to the “Hollywood of the North.” In addition to our more traditionally associated landmarks including the CN Tower, Rogers Centre and Eaton Centre, Toronto is home to a number of exciting attractions including the Toronto Zoo (featuring pandas and a polar bear cub!), Ripley’s Aquarium, the Harbourfront and Toronto Islands.
Our city of 5.6 million features something for everybody, from a vibrant nightlife to a plethora of shopping districts including Bloor-Yorkville and Queen Street West. The North American Model United Nations (NAMUN) is Canada's oldest conference, and has proudly been in operation since its first session in Toronto in 1985. Come join us this February 22nd-25th and experience the uniqueness that is Toronto, but don’t forget to dress warmly!
Established as the first institution of higher learning in Upper Canada in 1827, the University of Toronto is Canada’s finest and most prestigious research institution. The University’s achievements include but are not limited to: the discovery of insulin and stem cell research, development of multi-touch technology, proving the existence of black holes and the building of one of the world’s first operational computers!
Two Governors General, four Prime Ministers of Canada and fourteen Justices of the Supreme Court boast a University of Toronto education. The University of Toronto is ranked amongst the top universities of the world. It is consistently ranked first in Canada, and in the top 20 in numerous international rankings for research, innovation, and employability. Since 2001, it has placed first among Canada’s research universities in Research Infosource’s annual ranking, and in 2011, the University of Toronto was recognized by Newsweek as one of the top three schools in the world outside the United States – behind only the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford. As of 2015, University of Toronto remains number one in Canada and jumps to 16th in the world according to Times Higher Education.
NAMUN is proud to have the support of the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto for the 2018 conference.
NAMUN is proud to have the support of the Political Science Department at the University of Toronto for the 2018 conference.