Dear Delegates, Faculty Advisors, and Friends,
On behalf of our secretariat and staff, it is an honor to welcome you to the twentieth session of the Chicago Model United Nations Conference. ChoMUN XX will be held from Thursday, April 13th through Sunday, April 16th, 2017, at the Palmer House Hilton in downtown Chicago, and we are very proud to be your hosts in the Windy City.
As we enter ChoMUN’s second decade of continuous operation, allow us to take a moment to reflect upon our history and our mission. Since our first conference in 1998, we have become the largest and most competitive crisis conference in North America. We have always prioritized the delegate experience, and our dynamic and fast-paced committees continue to fulfill that goal year after year. This April, ChoMUN XX will host over 1,000 delegates and staff, and will run more committees than ever before.
ChoMUN thrives because of our commitment to innovation. Through decades of experimentation and success, our conference continues to change and adapt to meet the demands of the circuit. Our committee executives and staff are trained to provide the most immersive crisis experience possible and surpass delegate expectations at every turn. Furthermore, for the first time in our history, ChoMUN will feature a large double-delegation committee, which will provide a style of integrated crisis never before seen on the circuit.
This year, delegates will again have the opportunity to engage in a massively diverse range of forms, locations, and times of committees. Delegates can try their hands at establishing a new government in Singapore in 1965, forging the Republic of Texas in 1835, or laying the foundations of Freetown, Sierra Leone, in 1792. For the rebellious, we present the British Women’s Social and Political Union, the Culper Spy Ring of the American Revolution, and the Tamil Students League in Sri Lanka. History buffs can explore the realities behind King Arthur’s Court, or can look to the United Arab Emirates of the 21st century for a newer experience. The business-minded will have the opportunity to manage Pan Am, Phillip Morris, and the Cantons of 19th century China. It would be inappropriate to celebrate our 20th year as a conference without paying homage to our sweet home; we will be running a Chicago Mob Joint Crisis Committee between the gangs of Al Capone and Bugs Moran. Finally, we will present the Ad-Hoc Committee of the Secretary-General as the flagship of ChoMUN XX.
Before closing this introduction, we must recognize that this conference was not made possible by one individual, one secretariat, or even one full staff. ChoMUN XX will be our best conference yet thanks to the efforts of University of Chicago students over the past twenty years, who passed their knowledge, experience, and love of crisis down to each new generation of leaders. We thank them for their efforts, and we thank all of you for sharing in this experience with us.
Secretary-General for ChoMUN XX