McMaster Model United Nations Conference 2018
Monish Ahluwalia, my Co-President and the Director General of MacMUN 2018, and I are beyond excited about the success of the conference this year. It was truly an amazing experience for both the secretariat, and the delegates alike. MacMUN is an innovative conference and we cannot wait to see what the future of the conference holds. I would like to invite you all to attend MacMUN 2019, as it is a MUN experience like no other. It is beautifully recapped below by our executive, Gursharan Sohi, below.
Secretary-General, MACMUN 2018
McMaster University’s Model United Nations organization recently held its third annual MacMUN conference from February 1st to 4th, 2018. Students from across Southern Ontario gathered in downtown Hamilton, adopting the roles of international diplomats interested in addressing the challenges of the global community. The conference opened with remarks from Ms. Hoojung Jones regarding the humanitarian atrocities implicated in the Korean War. Her words reminded us all about the impactful nature of our actions both throughout the weekend and beyond Model UN.
Recognizing that McMaster is situated upon the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy and the Anishinaabe Nations and in light of recent events regarding Aboriginal issues, this year’s theme of “Cultural Reconciliation” was selected. Although represented throughout all nine committees at the conference, this theme was perhaps best embodied by the spirited discussions in the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues committee. However, the range of topics discussed at MacMUN’18 was extremely diverse, spanning both time and space. Several highlights included cyber warfare in the UN High Commission on Technology, immigrant integration in the Economic and Social committee and even troop movements during the 1960’s Vietnam War in our historical crisis committee!
One of MacMUN’s most exciting features has always been the integration of social media and technology to enhance the delegate experience, and this year was no exception. The media team worked tirelessly all weekend to ensure that video content, MacMUN News Channel updates, and the use of Twitter connected delegates across the various committees and gave them an experience unique from any other conference.
Friday night saw our first social event held at 1280 Bar + Grill on campus; this event provided an opportunity for students to forge new friendships with one another in a casual setting following the intense debate of that day! The next evening, we held our annual Club Night which was undoubtedly an enjoyable experience for all.
Throughout the weekend, delegates worked extremely hard to create equitable solutions to complex global issues. Each individual should have left the conference feeling a sense of pride in what they had accomplished. The cooperative and innovative resolutions proposed are a hopeful reflection of what these future leaders will one day achieve! Additionally, the success of the conference would have been impossible without the hard work of dozens of staff members who moderated debate as Chairs, created chaos in Crisis, or captured every vital moment as a part of the Media team. Their months of dedication and enthusiasm definitely paid off as delegates left the conference with smiles on their faces (and some with awards in their hands)! Our guest speaker at the closing Gala was Mr. James Knibb-Lamouche, who praised our work so far and challenged us to accomplish even more in regards to achieving peace and equity in the future.
MacMUN’19 will surely strive to accomplish these goals next year, and we cannot wait to see you there!