Dear Delegates, Faculty Advisors, Alumni, and Friends of WorldMUN,
On behalf of the organizing committee, it is with great pleasure that I announce to you that the twenty-sixth session of Harvard World Model United Nations will be held in Montréal, Canada, from the 13th to the 17th of March 2017.
The world is moving in new and exciting directions. In the past year, we have witnessed the adoption of the newly formed Sustainable Development Goals at the 70th session of the UN General Assembly and the transformational Paris Agreement at the 21st Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC. WorldMUN itself celebrated twenty-five years: a period that has seen this conference grow from just over 300 delegates to more than 2,000.
As we set out to write a fresh chapter in WorldMUN’s vibrant and storied history, it is important for us to honor the real spirit of this conference, a spirit that has guided us since 1992. At the heart of this lies the delegate experience, whether this is the enriching debate and diplomacy inside committee or the unique opportunity of sharing one’s background and interests with passionate peers from over 110 nations outside. With a commitment to the experience of our participants in mind, the team this year is looking forward to providing the substantive excellence and social interactions that set WorldMUN apart.
Montréal is the perfect setting for WorldMUN to pay tribute to the last quarter century of promoting cooperation across borders and focus on the qualities that make this conference so special as we move ahead. This will be a landmark year for our host city, as 2017 is the 375th anniversary of Montréal and the 150th of the Canadian Confederation. Participants will be able to celebrate this deep history and heritage while looking towards a thrilling tomorrow in this truly international city that houses more than 60 international organizations and 17,000 foreign students.
With one of the highest number of restaurants per capita in North America, the largest jazz and comedy festivals in the world, over 1,000 parks, and the exhilarating Canadian F1 Grand Prix, Montréal has something for everyone. In addition to being a UNESCO City of Design, Montréal gives central importance to creating a sustainable and secure future in a variety of ways, much like WorldMUN and its delegates. It is the first urban center to sign the Geotourism Charter of the National Geographic Society and is also home to BIXI, an award-winning public bicycle system.
Montréal blends together a focus on rich multiculturalism with a refreshing take on sustainability and development, an approach that is perhaps best embodied by the dynamic Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. In his words, “a positive, optimistic, hopeful vision of public life isn’t a naive dream, it can be a powerful force for change.” As I invite you all to the next edition of WorldMUN, I ask you to reflect on the incredible potential each and everyone of us possesses, and how we can use this conference as a platform to turn this dream into reality.
With WorldMUN spirit,
Harvard World Model United Nations Montreal MMXVII