letter from the secretary-general
Esteemed Delegates, Faculty Advisors, Staff and Guests,
It is my distinct privilege to welcome you all to the 34th iteration of North American Model United Nations to be held from February 21-24 at the University of Toronto. My Secretariat and I are honoured to have been given the opportunity to continue the tradition of Canada’s oldest conference and have been working endlessly to ensure that NAMUN upholds its legacy - once again, delivering an amazing conference with academically enriching debate.
NAMUN’s Academics team is pleased to, once again, offer a distinctive roster of committees to the delegates of our 2019 conference. Striving for continued improvement, this year, we have expanded our Academic Branch to accommodate 17 committees. The General Assemblies will be discussing a number of relevant issues spanning the topics of biological weapons and security, peacekeeping accountability, truth and reconciliation commissions, and the middle income trap—all of which are critical to the changing global political climate. The Joint Crisis centers on the events of the Sierra Leone Civil War, a historically charged and politically minded armed conflict, lasting over a decade with effects still permeating the present. Our five-committee Integrated Crisis is an innovative yet grounded look into the future of the global system - explored through the lens of America in the year 2024. The Specialized Agencies cover a broad scope of both geopolitics and historical context ranging from from Timur’s extensive conquests and subsequent bloodline to the UNSC’s operation in Cyprus, still active 50 years later . The ICJ will hear the case of Ukraine v. Russian Federation, with exciting changes for its third iteration. Our French Committee - the War of Spanish Succession - remains an enduring and diverse element of NAMUN and we once again welcome delegates to challenge their quick thinking in our Ad Hoc committee.
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 reintroduce our Friday night Cocktail Party in the Great Hall of Hart House, a great way for delegates and staff alike to mingle. Thanks to the diligent work of our Externals branch, NAMUN is aspiring to be more international than ever and we encourage passionate and driven individuals to engage in cultural dialogue that both enhance and challenges their beliefs.
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 2019!
Secretary-General, NAMUN 2019