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) 2012 Conference! This year marks the 11th anniversary of HSMUN, and we are very excited to keep the tradition alive and well. For the past 11 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, ranging from developing a lasting and tenable peace settlement for Arab Spring states, to the question of the standardization of organic food labels. 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 2012 will take place from Thursday February 23 to Saturday February 25, 2012 on the U of A main campus. The conference will commence with opening ceremonies on Thursday night and wrap up on Saturday afternoon with closing plenary. There will also be a banquet and dance for all conference attendees held at the Fantasyland Hotel on Friday evening. The conference fees are $60, and cover the cost of the conference and banquet.

I strongly urge you to check out our website, www.ualberta.ca/~hsmun as it will be the main source of conference information. As well, follow the HSMUN blog, which contains important information for delegates. Emails and our website will be the main form of communication, in the interest of sustainability and making the transition to be a “green” conference. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at hsmun@ualberta.ca. With a full array of exciting topics, an amazing staff, and outstanding facilities at the U of A, we fully expect to put on a conference that will do the last ten years of HSMUN proud. The only thing missing from this equation is a group of delegates prepared to learn about international affairs, and fun doing so. I look forward to meeting you all in Februrary!

Sincerely,

Neekoo Collett

Secretary General HSMUN 2013

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