Dear Delegates, Faculty Advisors, and Friends of HNMUN,
Welcome to Harvard National Model United Nations 2017!
It is my pleasure to serve as your Secretary-General for the conference’s Sixty-Third Session. The conference will be held from Thursday, 16 February to Sunday, 19 February 2017 in downtown Boston, and we hope you will join us.
Throughout its many years, HNMUN has always tasked itself with recreating the spirit of diplomacy that originally defined the United Nations. As the oldest, largest, and most diverse student-run model United Nations conference in the world, HNMUN has, for the past six decades, been tirelessly committed to substantive excellence, innovation, and the experience of our delegates, both inside and out of the committee room.
As HNMUN moves into its seventh decade, we are redoubling our commitment to being not only the premier collegiate model UN experience in the world, but also the leading international relations forum for university students across the globe. It is our mission to bring together and educate the next generation of leaders in international affairs—and, indeed, to bring together and educate students who are already outstanding leaders. More than half of HNMUN’s 3000 delegates come from outside the United States, and we take tremendous pride in that fact. It is our hope that HNMUN can serve as a platform for innovation and a space to build relationships for students with a truly global array of perspectives.
Our Staff of over 230 Harvard undergraduates will be working tirelessly through February 2017 to ensure that your delegate experience at HNMUN 2017 is incredible, both substantively and socially, and we truly hope that you will join us next spring for a fantastic model UN experience. Please browse through our updated website to see all of the committees and opportunities that will be offered at HNMUN 2017, and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. On behalf of the entire staff of the conference, I look forward to welcoming you in person at the Sixty-Second Session of Harvard National Model United Nations!
Bennett E. Vogt
Harvard National Model United Nations 2017
Founded in 1955, only a decade after the creation of the United Nations, Harvard National Model United Nations (HNMUN) is the largest, oldest, and most prestigious conference of its kind. Staffed entirely by Harvard College undergraduates, HNMUN brings over 3,000 students and faculty together from colleges and universities around the world to simulate the activities of the United Nations. HNMUN offers a unique opportunity to experience the challenges of international negotiation and diplomacy.
This year, the conference will take this tradition to a new level with numerous innovations designed to enhance the delegate experience. This session will be held in downtown Boston from Thursday, February 16, through Sunday, February 19, 2017. Throughout the conference, delegates will gain insight into the workings of the United Nations by actively participating in the resolution of important global issues. Participants will not only work with hundreds of other motivated college students with the common goals of furthering international awareness and building consensus, but will also work within a lively social setting.
The Secretariat cordially invites you to join us for the 63rd session of Harvard National Model United Nations.
True to the mission of the United Nations as declared in its 1945 charter, HNMUN serves as a forum in which students from colleges and universities around the world can meet to discuss the greatest challenges facing the world today, in fields ranging from international peace and security to economic and social progress and human rights. In this spirit, the goal of HNMUN is to begin a process whereby constructive debate today can lead to solutions tomorrow. HNMUN strives to ensure that the committees we offer provide an educational and comprehensive look at a diverse range of pressing issues. Our directors work throughout the conference to make debate as realistic as possible, so that our delegates get a sense of the complexities of real-world international negotiation, and, as with the real United Nations, place an unequalled emphasis on cooperation and compromise rather than on the supremacy of any one country’s position. In this way, delegates get a chance not only to learn about current international affairs and to discover and represent one country’s position, but also how to stick to that position while working with hundreds of other delegates.
We bring to the conference more than sixty years of experience and a staff that always exhibits the highest levels of enthusiasm and professionalism both in committees and behind the scenes. For both Model UN veterans and delegates new to the circuit, HNMUN provides a unique and rewarding experience.
Our staff works tirelessly to write the most well-informed, up-to-date, comprehensive study guides and research materials possible. We make it our responsibility to ensure that each delegate is given a solid foundation of knowledge before the conference so that he or she will have a rewarding intellectual experience in committee. We place a high premium on professionalism and preparedness, and all of our directors are dedicated to exceeding these expectations.
Dedication Behind the Scenes
While delegates interact mainly with the staff of their committees, HNMUN is made possible by the ongoing efforts of excellent executive staff members, who work behind the scenes to handle conference logistics and ensure that every delegate’s experience is as seamless, rewarding, and enjoyable as possible.
Tradition and Innovation
Founded only a decade after the creation of the United Nations, HNMUN is the oldest simulation of its kind and the product of years of gradual refinement. Each year’s session of HNMUN builds on the successes of the last, resulting in a continually improving delegate experience. HNMUN is thus founded upon a solid tradition but never ceases to innovate, and the 2017 conference will be no exception.
Size and Diversity
With over 3,000 participants, HNMUN draws delegates from colleges across the United States and the globe. The 2016 conference included delegates from over 70 countries, and the staff of HNMUN 2017 is dedicated to increasing our international nature and diversity further. Our commitment to internationalism breeds a cultural diversity that we consider one of our proudest achievements, as each new perspective contributes to richer debate.
New and Improved Delegate and Faculty Resources
HNMUN is renewing its commitment to delegate and faculty relations with a full staff dedicated to Delegate Relations both before and at conference. HNMUN will also further both its own relationship with faculty advisors as well as their communications with each other, through networking resources such as pre-conference chat groups. At conference, the Faculty Lounge will also be open during all committee hours for faculty advisors and head delegate events, including innovative panels with distinguished Harvard professors.
The staff of HNMUN is also dedicated to providing a fantastic experience outside of the committee room. We host a Club Night in Boston and both a Cocktail Hour and a Delegate Dance in the hotel, and we are dedicated to making the city accessible to all delegates and faculty advisors throughout the weekend. We are sure you’ll have a wonderful time exploring the city.
Harvard International Relations Council
The Harvard International Relations Council (IRC) is the umbrella organization for many international relations programs at Harvard. The IRC is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and an accredited non-governmental organization associated with the United Nations Department of Public Information. The yearly Harvard National Model United Nations conference is just one of many programs supported by IRC Central through funding and coordination. Please visit these web sites to find out more about these organizations. If you are a Harvard undergraduate and are interested in joining any of the programs of the International Relations Council, please contact us for more information.