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 Zoom Meets and breakout rooms on February 26-27, going through 3 committee sessions. 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. 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! 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.
Yusuf Abdul-Qadir is a local leader and activist in Syracuse, New York. He currently works as the Inaugural Senior Strategist for Racial Justice at the New York Civil Liberties Union. There, he manages a docket that includes environmental justice, indigenous
rights, and reparations and other racial justice issues areas at the NYCLU. Yusuf brings an intersectional racial justice lens to all departments within the NYCLU. He also serves as a co-chair of the Racial Justice Working Group. This summer, Yusuf's speech at a Syracuse City Hall meeting went viral for his eloquent and direct approach to describing the detrimental effects of Syracuse's police budgets and benefits. Follow this link to see a clip of his speech.