Dear Advisors and Delegates,
It is my distinct honour and pleasure to formally invite you to the 68th session of Berkeley Model United Nations (BMUN), which will be held from March 6th to March 8th, 2020 on the prestigious campus of the University of California, Berkeley.
The oldest Model UN conference in the world, BMUN was founded in 1952 by a small group of students at UC Berkeley. Sixty-eight years later, their legacy remains strong today as the BMUN Secretariat continues to orchestrate one of the largest educational Model UN conferences in the world. Every year, over 2,000 high school students from around the world come together at BMUN to improve their research, public speaking, and collaboration skills while being exposed to diverse perspectives on international relations. Our Secretariat creates and facilitates a forum where delegates have the opportunity to engage in constructive debate, creative problem solving, and substantive critical thinking through a diverse range of international topics.
We firmly believe that the skills and experiences gained through Model UN have an incredible capacity to empower high school students. It is for this reason that we are continuously working to expand our reach in not only the Bay Area, but also in the global Model UN community. BMUN runs a variety of conferences around the world, including a BMUN China conference every August in Beijing, a Delegate Workshop every October, and a crisis-focused Berkeley Model Arab League every December. Our Outreach program also allows us to conduct workshops with local high schools and provide resources for delegates and advisors in conjunction with our BMUN Learn website. We were also able to raise $14,000 for our Alumni Scholarship and secured partnerships with hotels and bus companies to improve the accessibility of our conference to all students.
BMUN LXVIII will continue to uphold our tradition of excellence and will feature an expanded slate of 23 committees that address a wide range of incredibly engaging and pertinent world issues, such as a Facebook Board of Directors crisis committee, the THIMUN-style United Nations Human Rights Council, the first-ever United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, and a historical crisis committee on the Fall of Bretton Woods. We will also see the return of some of our most intriguing committees, such as the bilingual Spanish-English Organization of American States, the conference-wide NGO Forum, and the US Senate, where delegates will discuss some of the most prevalent topics today, such as immigration and the path to citizenship. These will stand alongside our traditional General Assembly and ECOSOC committees to create a dynamic conference experience that will engage with the predominant issues of our time.
Additional information regarding our conference and year-round programs can be found at our website, bmun.org, which will be continually updated in the coming months. Once again, thank you for supporting our conference and organization, and we hope to see you at BMUN LXVIII.
Berkeley Model United Nations, 68th Session