Are you ready for 30?
Staff are hired, training sessions are scheduled, the venue is booked. Preparation for North American Model United Nations' (NAMUN) 30th anniversary Conference is underway.
"It's a fantastic year to pay tribute to what has made NAMUN such a unique Conference in the past, but also highlight the rapid growth NAMUN has been experiencing in the last couple of years," said Larysa Workewych, NAMUN 2015's Secretary-General. The number of delegates at NAMUN has increased from year-to-year, and the trend is expected to continue.
"We're definitely aiming to beat 300 delegates this year," she said. Delegates drive, bus, and fly from all over Canada and the U.S. to debate at Canada’s oldest university-level Model United Nations conference.
"NAMUN has renewed its partnership with WestJet to give our delegates a discounted rate for flights in our attempt to make our conference as affordable as possible," Workewych added.
The Conference will be held at the University of Toronto's historic Victoria University College February 19 to 22, 2015.
While NAMUN has evolved over the last 30 years, the organization prides itself on its consistency.
"What makes NAMUN wonderful is the fact that you can expect the same experience every year," Workewych said. But the same experience certainly doesn't mean the same committees. "NAMUN has a history of providing delegates with interesting and engaging committees, and this year is no exception."
The Conference will run a number of new committees, which Workewych notes she is "personally very excited about." Some delegates will debate controversial current issues like the possibility of the world reaching "peak oil", the point at which oil extraction will begin to decrease, by 2026. Others will get the chance to enter into a time in history with committees on the Napoleonic Wars and the Mongolian Invasions.
Conference favourites like the United Nations Security Council and Disarmament and International Security Committee, and more traditional UN committees such Special Political and Decolonization, Social, Humanitarian and Cultural, Legal, and the International Monetary Fund will return for NAMUN 2015 as well.