Letter from the Secretary-General

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Dear Delegates, Faculty Advisors, SSUNS Staff and Friends,

It is my honour to invite you and your delegation to Montreal for the 27th edition of the Secondary Schools’ United Nations Symposium held between November 14 and 17, 2019. My name is Elisabeth Hedström and I am humbled by the opportunity to serve as the Secretary-General of SSUNS 2019. Over the coming months, I will lead a team of over 400 McGill University students who excitedly come together to present Canada’s premier Model United Nations conference at the high school and Cégep level. Taking place in downtown Montreal, it is imperative to acknowledge SSUNS is being held on land which has long served as a site of meeting and exchange amongst Indigenous peoples, including the Haudenosaunee and Anishinabeg nations. SSUNS 2019 recognises and respects these nations as the traditional stewards of the lands and waters on which we will be meeting during the conference this November. For more information please visit native-lands.ca.

The SSUNS 2019 Secretariat has been working passionately to provide an inclusive, educational environment where our delegates can discuss and collaborate to tackle the most pressing global issues of the past, present and future. SSUNS is proud to maintain a 2.5:1 delegate-to-staff ratio and conduct intensive trainings to ensure our staff are well-prepared to promote an open and stimulating exchange of ideas. At SSUNS 2019, we have ensured representation of every region in the world in our committee offerings, from the Medici Board of Directors, circa 1415 to the Arab League to a UN Secretariat reform committee! SSUNS seeks to empower young leaders through offering a conference that seeks to stitch education into each and everything we do. In order to afford each delegate a platform on which they may amply interact with their fellow delegates, we keep committee sizes small and strictly avoid double-delegate committees. SSUNS 2019 is proud to continue our partnership with the McGill International Review to provide delegates an integrative committee experience through the Press Corps. This committee will allow delegates interested in writing and reporting to combine elements of journalism with formal Model UN debate within the committee room.

This year, SSUNS is excited to announce innovative changes we are confident will improve the Delegate and Faculty Advisor experience! Delegates will have the opportunity to pre-register for workshops and tours offered on the Thursday afternoon and Friday morning of the conference. Our diverse workshop offerings include Model UN-related workshops run in partnership with the McGill University Delegation Team, the top-ranked university delegation in Canada. Additionally, SSUNS 2019 looks forward to working in collaboration with counsellors from the McGill community to provide delegates informative workshops on how to prepare a university application and how to write a résumé. We look forward to providing tours of Montreal and McGill University on the Friday morning of the conference.

Finally, we are delighted to continue our long-standing partnership with the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), allowing us to offer the unique experience of inviting SSUNS delegates to debate in the only official United Nations chambers residing in Canada.

With all this, I am sincerely ecstatic to invite you to SSUNS 2019 and I encourage you to reach out for further information.

Kind Regards,
Elisabeth Hedström