Welcome to UBCMUN 2020!
Dear Delegates, Advisors, and Guests,
Welcome to the 28th annual UBCMUN! My name is Timmy Chang, and it is with my greatest pleasure to welcome you to University of British Columbia’s Model United Nations Conference. UBCMUN has come a long way to where we are today. For the past 28 years, our staff has continuously spent countless of hours dedicated to providing a prestigious academic experience of Model UN, opening new conversations about our current affairs, and encouraging our delegates to think critically in resolving our complex situations today. Our last annual conference not only successfully welcomed new delegations from both North America and Africa, but also had one of the largest attendance size for the past five years. With such, I would like to thank UBC’s Alma Mater Society (AMS) and the International Relations Students Association (IRSA) for their continuous support even till today. Now, after a long process of recruitment and team restructure, my team and I are all more than excited to once again host the largest conference in Western Canada and invite education institutions around the world to join us for the best UBCMUN conference to date.
Learning from past success and obstacles, I strive for my team in achieving three main visions for UBCMUN 2020: high quality academic conference to both novice and experienced delegates, a strong conference rooted in Western Canada, and an empowering, fulling team experience for all. After engaging in Model UN for the past seven years, I realize that these three visions are the core elements of a Model UN conference. It is, no doubt, not enough to simply build off from our past accomplishments, but to learn what was missing and to strive to fulfill them.
The theme for UBCMUN 2020 is Revitalizing Global Partnerships for Inclusive Development. We strongly believe that this not only aligns to UN’s Sustainable Development Goals 16 and 17 (Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions; Partnership for the Goals), but also will enable our delegates to foster and practice diplomatic skills in tackling a wide variety of issues through both small committees and a full-house General Assembly: from the situation of Cyprus to resolving mainstreaming gender in peacekeeping operations. We hope that these simulations will create the most ideal collaboration that our UN today should possess.
With that being said, please look forward to more updates on our next conference throughout the next six months, as our team is currently working hard in building this massive experience for the upcoming year. Regardless of being a returning delegation or a new potential participant, I highly recommend you keep in touch with our team through email contacts and begin recruiting your delegation team to register our event as early as this September.
Thank you so much for your interest and support for UBCMUN and I sincerely hope to see you all next January! Once again, welcome!
UBCMUN 2020 Secretary General