Secretary General’s Welcome

Dear Teachers, Students and Conference Attendees,

It is my pleasure to cordially invite you to the University of Alberta’s High School Model United Nations (HSMUN) 2020 Conference! This year marks the 18th year of HSMUN, and we are very excited to keep the tradition alive and well. For the past 18 years, the University of Alberta campus has been transformed for three days of each year into a realm of negotiation and intrigue. We look forward to providing you with the incredible experience you have come to expect, with a few new twists thrown in.

HSMUN is a three day United Nations simulation, as part of which students will have the opportunity to take on the role of a UN delegate, representing a country or Non-governmental organization. Seven multilateral committees will work individually to draft resolutions to issues at hand, and a few from the past, before presenting these resolutions at plenary. We have many exciting topics on hand this year, that will be revealed at the end of August.  We hope that by giving students the chance to surround themselves in an environment of interstate diplomacy, they will learn about current global issues, the structure and function of the United Nations, the triumphs and challenges of international relations, and the relevance of globalization. We also hope that HSMUN will allow students to gain confidence in their public speaking abilities, and expand their capacity to think critically about the world around them.

HSMUN 2020 will take place from Thursday, February 20th to Saturday, February 22nd, 2020 on the U of A main campus. The conference will commence with opening ceremonies on Thursday night and wrap up on Saturday afternoon with the closing plenary. There will also be a banquet and dance for all conference attendees held at the Royal Palace Banquet Hall on Friday evening. The conference fees are $75 and cover the cost of the conference, banquet, HSMUN merchandise/swag as well as a pizza lunch on Saturday.

I strongly recommend that you to play around with our website as it has a ton of useful information for teachers and delegates. Additionally, check out HSMUN’s social media accounts to look at some pictures from our past conferences. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at hsmun@ualberta.ca. With a full array of exciting topics, a fantastic volunteer staff, and outstanding facilities at the U of A, we fully expect to put on a conference that will do the last 18 years of HSMUN proud. The only thing missing from this equation is a group of delegates prepared to learn about international affairs and have fun doing so. I look forward to meeting you all in February!

Sincerely,

Azan Esmail

Secretary-General

HSMUN 2020

 

Click HERE to learn more about our Keynote Speaker for HSMUN 2020: 

The Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean