UPMUNC 54 University of Pennsylvania Model United Nations Conference | Date TBD, 2021

Welcome to UPMUNC

A Letter from the Secretary-General

Dear Delegates and Advisors

Grace Martens

I am delighted to invite you to the fifty-fourth iteration of the University of Pennsylvania Model United Nations Conference. For the past fifty-four years, UPMUNC has provided delegates with a personalized, innovative conference experience, and we are looking forward to upholding our tradition of excellence this fall. I am honored to be this year’s Secretary-General, and am grateful to be working alongside the outstanding UPMUNC 54 Secretariat that will stop at nothing to provide you with the absolute best conference experience.

Renowned as the world’s most enjoyable and professional college Model United Nations conference, UPMUNC aims to provide all delegates with an exceptional conference weekend. With an array of diverse topics that span geographical regions, time periods, and overarching themes, UPMUNC’s in-room committee experience is unparalleled. This year, the UPMUNC 54 Secretariat is proud to present 20 unique committees: 4 large General Assembly (GA) committees, 4 medium-sized Economic and Social Councils (ECOSOC) and Specialized Committees, and 12 fast-paced Crisis committees. Whether you are a Model UN newcomer or an experienced delegate, you are guaranteed to participate in a committee that both intrigues and excites you over the conference weekend. Our Under-Secretary-Generals have been hard at work alongside our 200-member staff to ensure that each and every one of your committees will be intellectually stimulating and conducted with the highest level of diplomacy.

Nonetheless, there is certainly far more to UPMUNC than the debate that takes place within committee rooms. Situated in the heart of Philadelphia, you will find yourself within walking distance of America’s most historic landmarks, a variety of museums to visit, and some amazing new restaurants to try. Furthermore, our Business Directors are excited to provide you with new ways to connect with esteemed companies and local organizations, and our Special Events Directors are looking forward to hosting you at UPMUNC’s very own special events, many of which have become hallmarks of the UPMUNC experience.

Lastly, I want to highlight that clear communication and the safety of our delegates and staff are UPMUNC’s top priority. Despite the unprecedented challenges of the past year, we are committed to ensuring that all who participate in the conference will not only have an unforgettable experience, but will be safe in the pursuit. On that note, our Directors of Operations will update our website regularly to reflect the most up-to-date conference procedures and policies.

I cannot wait to welcome you to Philadelphia for the fifty-fourth session of UPMUNC this fall. If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the conference, please feel free to reach out to me or any member of the UPMUNC Secretariat. We are so excited to host you at this year’s conference and are looking forward to wishing you all a very happy UPMUNC!

Grace Martens