Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CNYMUN 2021 is going to be unlike any prior CNYMUN conference. While we are still unsure in what way this years conference will operate, it will not be hosted at Syracuse University or in person. More information regarding the conference will be posted by early-mid September, 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 37th anniversary! In our model setting, students write resolutions for important issues which they feel passionate about solving as done in the real United Nations. Generously hosted by Syracuse University, 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.
Sustainable Development Through a New Lens.
This year at CNYMUN we will be focusing on sustainable development. This means the traditional sense of environmental sustainability but we also want to shift the focus onto other kinds of sustainably. Economic sustainability is an important aspect of policymaking we hope delegates will focus on. Sustainability in foreign policy is also increasingly important if a nation hopes to remain prosperous. We hope you take this new lens with you throughout all of CNYMUN 2020!
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.
Root Capital is a non-profit social investment fund that focuses on developing nations. They target businesses that are too big for microfinance but not big enough for banks to loan to. The loans range from 200k to 2 Million dollars. Root Capital’s target businesses are agricultural businesses that focus on sustainability. They combine the money with teams of advisors that help the owners maximize their capital while sustaining their environmental focus.