Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CNYMUN 2021 is going to be unlike any prior CNYMUN conference. This years conference, although in smaller scale, will operate over an online platform in February (specific dates TBD). More information regarding the conference will be posted shortly, and our advisors will be updating clubs and attendees as more information is presented.
CNYMUN is a two-day Harvard style Model United Nations conference with over 500 students in annual attendance. Our conference brings schools and their students together from all over Central New York. Over the course of two days delegates solve global issues through substantive debate supplemented by phenomenal guest speakers from Syracuse University and surrounding organizations. CNYMUN is one of the largest high school-run MUN conferences on the east-coast, organized by the Fayetteville-Manlius Model UN club. We are also one of the longest running high school-run Model UN Conferences. This year we are celebrating our 38th anniversary! In our model setting, students write resolutions for important issues which they feel passionate about solving as done in the real United Nations. CNYMUN is an opportunity, regardless of experience, for high school students to develop invaulable debate and speaking skills while solving the world's most prevalent issues.
Renewing Collective Action
This year at CNYMUN we will be focusing on renewing collective action. At the start of the century, Ted Turner made the "big bet" on the United Nations as he pledged $1 Billion towards the idea that people, nations, and organizations must work together to solve the worlds biggest problems. As the world has faced environmental, economic, and societal concerns, the international community must collectively work together to take action now more than ever in order to preserve and improve upon the progress that is being made. At this years conference we hope to expand on collective action as we embrace and put forward new ideas and ways to improve the global community.
Sherburne Abbott earned her M.F.S. from Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. She served as deputy to President Obama’s Science Advisor in the position of Associate Director for Environment and Energy in the Office of Science and Technology Policy. As Associate Director she worked with many distinguished scientific associations including the American Association for the Advancement of Science, as well a director of the Board on Sustainable Development, the Polar Research Board, and International Organizations and Programs of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Abbott also served as the director of the Center for Science and Practice of Sustainability at the University of Texas at Austin and as the assistant scientific program director of the U.S. Marine Mammal Commission. Currently, she is a professor of geography at Syracuse University. Sherburne Abbott is recognized internationally as an expert in sustainability. We are so grateful to recognize her as our key note speaker at CNYMUN 2020.
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