Dear Advisors and Delegates,

It is my great honor and immense pleasure that I invite you to the 65th annual session of Berkeley Model United Nations (BMUN) to be held March 3rd to 5th, 2017 on the University of California, Berkeley campus.

In 1952, just a short seven years after the founding of the United Nations, BMUN made history by founding the first ever Model United Nations simulation. In the 65 years that have since passed, the BMUN secretariat has worked hard to cultivate our mission of creating a space for high schoolers to discuss and collaborate on international issues and make a BMUN committee such an impactful experience. The development of our mission and goals would have been impossible without the enthusiastic participation of delegates and the support of their advisors. Thanks to our delegates and their advisors, BMUN has become one of the most prestigious MUN experiences in the world.

This coming year, we strive to expand BMUN to welcome delegates from even more nations than our five in attendance last year. In addition, through our Outreach program we hope to help facilitate the establishment and advancement of even more MUN programs in both the bay area as well as an expansion of our efforts to Southern California. In order to make MUN accessible to all students, no matter their financial circumstances, we have raised our Alumni Scholarship to over $12,000.

This year we will be hosting 22 diverse committees that span across time and touch on all areas of the world. We are excited to introduce the European Court of Human Rights, the hybrid crisis-style Committee of Sustainable Development, and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change which will follow up on the Paris Conference.  With an expansion of our THIMUN-style United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization and a re-imagination of our Press Corps, our new committees 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. 

More information on our conference and year-round programs can be found at our newly remodeled website, bmun.org, which will be continuously updated throughout the coming months.

Once again, thank you for supporting our conference and organization, and we hope you’re as excited for BMUN LXV as everyone here in our secretariat!

Sincerely,

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Danny Tuthill
Secretary-General
Berkeley Model United Nations, 65th Session
sg@bmun.org