A MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVES

Dear Moderators, Delegates, and Friends of NAIMUN,

Greetings from Washington, D.C.! As the Secretary-General and Executive Director of NAIMUN LVII, we cannot wait to welcome you to the 57th iteration of the North American Invitational Model United Nations, held at the Washington Hilton from February 13th - February 16th, 2020.  We hope to innovate and expand on the premier Model United Nations conference that you have all come to know very well. NAIMUN is well known for its substantive excellence, academic rigor, and educational programming, all things we hope to continue and build on in its 57th year. NAIMUN will host delegates from across the US and the world in a groundbreaking 40 innovative and rewarding committees.

Our entire staff is incredibly passionate about making this the best NAIMUN possible for all of you. Through participating in high level debate, starting engaging dialogues through speakers and panels, and exploring the nation’s capital, we hope that delegates will find this conference instrumental in igniting their curiosity for international affairs. All of our 250+ Georgetown University undergraduate staffers share in our dedication to educate the next generation of global leaders, and we will work as hard as we can to equip the 3,300+ high school delegates with a robust educational experience.

After every year, we review all of the feedback we received from moderators and delegates and adjust next year’s conference in order to make quality improvements. This year, we are focusing on three goals of improvement for NAIMUN LVII:

  • Conference Experience: At NAIMUN LVII, we want to ensure that the focus of the conference isn’t on the logistics, but rather on learning in committee and having an enjoyable experience out of committee. This year we are introducing an extensive delegation login on our website for moderator use. Not only will this include the information on committee assignments, but it will also include more detailed directions for all the various programming events and helpful notes to guide your delegation through the conference weekend. This will serve to provide information in advance of the conference, as well as to reduce the length of moderator meetings. To expand our social opportunities, we will introduce a game night during delegate dance to meet the interests of more delegates. We hope these changes provide delegates and moderators with a smooth and enjoyable conference weekend.

  • Accessibility: We strive to make NAIMUN more accessible to all delegates and moderators. Our financial aid currently is one of the most robust on the circuit and we’re looking to expand NAIMUNAid going into next year as well. This also includes the continuation of buses for Friday morning programming so that financial costs aren’t prohibiting any attendee from taking advantage of the historic sites Washington D.C. has to offer. NAIMUN should be an opportunity to learn and grow and economic status should never be a barrier to having an educational, fun experience. Additionally, our efforts to It is our hope that improving the financial accessibility of NAIMUN will allow even more schools to partake in this educational opportunity.

  • Educational Integration: NAIMUN has always prided itself on being more than just a Model United Nations conference, as at its core, it is a comprehensive learning experience for delegates. This year in committee, we hope to align our General Assembly committees with the Sustainable Development Goals to provide better context about the international issues discussed and work to promote tangible long term solutions. The addition of the Book Award fosters and rewards research, policy preparation, and creativity with substance. We also hope to connect delegates’ substantive debate with their out-of-committee experience. From committee speakers to off-site programming, NAIMUN LVII will be taking advantage of the resources that Washington, DC has to offer in order to enhance the understanding of each committee’s focus area. Through this commitment to an integrated weekend, delegates will realize that the voices they build in committee can and will make a difference in the international community as they grow into global leaders.

We appreciate your continued dedication to the conference and for putting your trust in us. Our passion and love for NAIMUN knows no bounds, and we could not be more excited to create the best experience possible.

If you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns regarding the upcoming conference, please do not hesitate to contact us. Neehar can be reached at naimunsg@modelun.org, and Alyssa can be reached at naimuned@modelun.org. We look forward to getting to know you all and creating an unforgettable NAIMUN LVII!

Best wishes,

Alyssa Kardos

Executive Director

Neehar Mahidadia

Secretary-General

CONFERENCE THEME

VISION

This year at LVII, we hope to empower delegates and focus on crafting their vision of international affairs, domestic & foreign policy, and diplomacy. Model UN teaches you to invent solutions to real global issues through research and creativity. Delegates are required to find the intersection between their own vision and the policies of the country or character they are representing. At NAIMUN, through diplomacy and dialogue, delegates are challenged with weaving together contrasting viewpoints, ideals, and policies to align their represented vision with those working around them in order to foster compromise and peace.

The NAIMUN staff is working tirelessly to propel these visions put forth by delegates of a better international community in an effort to inspire change. NAIMUN cares about every single attendee and wants everyone to have an unparalleled experience. With this, we will continue to enhance the conference's access to the city of Washington D.C., offer a broad range of unique, dynamic committees to suit all interests, and introduce delegates to real-life foreign affairs through engaging speaker events. Overall, we hope this perspective on NAIMUN will leave a lasting impression on the moderators and delegates to commemorate an unforgettable weekend.

So delegates, what’s your vision?