A Letter from the Secretariat

On behalf of the Secretariat and our entire staff, we would like to extend a warm welcome to both new and returning delegates, advisers, staff, and the wider SMUNC community! Our names are Jocelyn Thai and Yoo Ra Sung, and we are extremely excited to introduce ourselves as the Secretary-General and Director-General of SMUNC XXVI! Jocelyn and I have respectively been involved in both the high school and collegiate Model UN circuits for the past decade, and with our combined experience, we hope to take SMUNC to a new level of learning, collaboration, and growth this year. We are honored to have been selected for these leadership roles and look forward to working with all of you throughout the conference. 

For the past two years, SMUNC has remained virtual due to the restraints of the ongoing pandemic. However, we are excited to announce that SMUNC XXVI will be taking place in-person, for the first time since 2019! Jocelyn and I understand the importance of face-to-face connections and interactions, particularly in Model UN, and we also recognize the unprecedented challenges you all have faced in the past few years. Adapting to a new normal and learning to thrive in a harsh environment is not easy. However, we believe that many accomplishments and unforgettable memories often come from facing and overcoming challenging circumstances, which is why the theme for our conference this year is breaking down barriers. 

As you prepare for and approach SMUNC, we hope you will keep this theme in mind and use it to shape your perspective and experience. Whether you are interacting with your fellow delegates for the first time, debating on a highly contentious topic, or leading your committee to pass resolutions and directives, you have the power to actively break down barriers and truly get to know one another. Model UN is a unique activity in the sense that it provides individuals with an opportunity to simulate the very dialogues being led by world leaders today. Now more than ever, it is crucial to actively engage with complex issues in a collaborative and meaningful way.  

Therefore, we challenge all of you to think critically, listen carefully, and use your minds and voices with a genuine intent to do good in the world. We encourage you to contribute to discussions and debates, passionately and respectfully. We urge you to seek out people and environments which will push you out of your comfort zone. We invite you to rethink and question your beliefs and hold each other responsible for cooperation and change. Finally, we believe SMUNC is an event and community like no other, and we hope you will take advantage of all the resources, connections, and opportunities available to you.

We are so excited to bring this year’s conference back in-person, and we look forward to seeing you all in November, at SMUNC XXVI!

Best Regards,

SMUNC Secretariat XXVI
Jocelyn Thai, Secretary-General
Yoo Ra Sung, Director-General