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A Welcome Letter from the Co-Secretaries General
Dear prospective CNYMUN Delegates,
Welcome to our 39th Annual Central New York Model United Nations Conference! In light of the present Global Covid-19 Pandemic, we will be holding our conference virtually via Zoom from late afternoon Friday, January 7th to Saturday morning and afternoon, January 8th. Although we are disappointed that we cannot be on the campus of our long-term partner, Syracuse University, a virtual platform allows us to deliver our high calibre conference to the greatest number of students we can while simultaneously fulfilling our role in ensuring the safety of all those participating. Now more than ever, we need to continue conversations across digital divides and cultivate a new generation of leaders.
As such, we have decided that CNYMUN’s conference theme this year will be “Developing Alliances.” The ongoing pandemic and conversations regarding race and social justice have posed challenges to us all, but these issues have demonstrated time and again that we are stronger when we stand together. While diversity and differing opinions play a crucial role in making the world the rich, cultural melting pot it is today, progress halts the moment differences are weaponized to create discord. With all of the division our world has been facing, we believe that the strengthening of existing alliances and the creation of new ones should be at the forefront of conversation within delegate debate in and outside of committee.
While one would initially presume that alliances are concrete, stable connections between groups that last lifetimes, this is rarely the case. More often than not, alliances are fragile connections that are constantly in flux, requiring ample investment and maintenance. They are crafted through acts of peace, meaningful conversation, and significant political maneuvering. It is our hope that delegates seize the opportunity to make the most out of current circumstances in order to reach out across their computer screens and develop connections that will challenge their presumptions and present biases.
Our committees this year have been selected to emphasize the importance of alliances across the board. We will continue to have traditional GA and ECOSOC committee offerings, but we are also introducing new committees such as the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC), the United Nation Commission on Narcotic Drugs (UNCND), and the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Our Steering Committee has worked hard to ensure that all committee topics will engage delegates with controversial topics and truly test their abilities to extend olive branches and enact regional and international change.
Thank you again for your continued support of our conference. We look forward to seeing you all in January! Please refer to our website (www.cnymun.org ) for more information and feel free to contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com) with any questions or concerns!
Andrew Ahn Co-Secretary General
Cadence Panol Co-Secretary General
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CNYMUN 2022 is going to mimic last years virtual conference. It will operate over Zoom Meets and breakout rooms on January 7-8, 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 39th 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.
This years CNYMUN conference theme this year is “Developing Alliances.” Amidst the ongoing pandemic, we have seen the effects of social injustice on our communities reach a boiling point. Whether it be having open conversations, or navigating through political tensions, these issues have demonstrated not only the challenges facing our society- but the strength of solidarity. They demonstrate time and time again, the importance of supporting one another. While diversity and differing opinions play a crucial role in making the world the rich, cultural melting pot it is today, progress halts the moment differences are weaponized to create discord. Maintaining the fluctuating alliances and creating new ones is the most useful tool in combating the disunity around us. With all of the division our world has been facing, we believe that the strengthening of existing alliances and the creation of new ones should be at the forefront of conversation within delegate debate in and outside of committee.
CNYMUN 2022 Charity!
Our charity this year is Alliance for Peacebuilding!
AfP is a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit, nonpartisan network of 150+ organizations
Works in 181 countries to prevent conflict, reduce violence, improve lives, and build sustainable peace
Cultivates a network to strengthen and advance peacebuilding to allow peacebuilding organizations to achieve greater impact
Professor Catherine Bertini
A leader in international organization management, humanitarian action, hunger, nutrition and gender issues, Professor Bertini has a distinguished career in improving the efficiency and operations of organizations serving poor and hungry people across the world.
Among numerous other recognitions, she was the first American to be appointed Executive Director of the United Nation’s World Food Program (WFP), serving two terms from 1992-2002. There, she transformed the agency into the world’s largest and most responsive humanitarian relief organization, delivering life-sustaining food aid to over 700 million people in more than 100 countries.
At WFP, she was the third woman named to lead a UN agency. UN Secretary General Kofi Annan appointed Bertini as UN Undersecretary-General for Management (2003-05).
She is currently an Emeritus Professor at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University.