Non-Governmental Organizations Programme

Dear Delegates,

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It is my sincere pleasure to welcome each and every one of you to the newest session of Harvard National Model United Nations! My name is Lexa Brenner and I will be the director for a committee held only at HNMUN: the Non-Governmental Organizations Programme.

No other conference has an NGO committee like ours. Delegates from all around the world come to participate in this committee, and I truly believe it is part of what makes HNMUN such a unique Model UN experience. As an Assistant Director for the NGO Programme last year, I realized how much I enjoyed being able to operate within a committee that was much more fluid and dynamic than traditional committee settings. In addition, watching delegates adapt to their new and unprecedented tasks as NGO participants was both rewarding and impressive.

I am eager to direct the NGO Programme not just for its unique nature, but its inherently challenging format. This committee is application-based because it requires bold, assertive delegates who can work their way into the conversation. In the past, I was incredibly impressed in watching how NGO delegates took initiative, worked spontaneously, and were innovative in ways I had never previously witnessed in Model UN. It is a true pleasure to see delegates of this quality and character interact within different committees, and it is the primary reason I am so looking forward to directing this specific program.

At Harvard, I am interested in how non-state actors including NGOs, ethnic groups, terrorist organizations, and multinational bodies have come to play an increasingly notable and important role in the global arena. I am studying international relations and government, with a specific focus on the Middle East and the Kurds. This year, I am running recruitment for Harvard’s International Relations Council, the student hub for all things IR on campus. Similarly, I write for the Harvard International Review, a global magazine focusing on contemporary issues in global politics, society, and culture. Outside of IR, I enjoy volunteer work through many of the college’s organizations as well as my classes. I’m also an exercise-aholic, a huge fan of paddleboarding, and a chocolate addict. If you can’t find me, I’m probably dragging my friends to a social event or binge-watching House M.D.

As the NGO director for HNMUN 2020, I want to create a challenging but welcoming environment. I consider myself a dynamic, outgoing and driven person and want to bring each of these qualities and more to conference. I am also very direct and open – please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns leading up to or during conference.

I consider it a privilege to be a part of this incredible annual conference, and I hope you all do as well. I’m looking forward to seeing each and every one of you at conference!


Lexa Brenner
Director, NGO Program

What is the NGO Programme?

Found only at HNMUN, the Non-Governmental Organizations Programme is an especially dynamic committee reserved for more experienced delegates. In this decentralized committee, delegates represent NGOs and may participate within other committees in the Economic and Social Council and Regional Bodies. Delegates in the NGO Programme shape debate by participating in both moderated and unmoderated caucuses and contributing to working papers and draft resolutions. However, unlike traditional country delegations, they do not vote on the final passage of resolutions.

The NGO Programme is at its heart a delegate-driven experience, and you will have the opportunity to shape this committee as your own. Because of this, delegates in the NGO Programme should be ready to take initiative and be able to navigate a non-traditional debate structure. The NGO Programme is an application-based committee. To apply, please fill out the appropriate application in MUNBase.