Welcome to UPMUNC

Letter from the Secretary-General

Dear Delegates, Faculty Advisors, and Friends,

Risha Rohera

I am absolutely delighted to invite you to the fifty-first iteration of the University of Pennsylvania Model United Nations Conference. For the past fifty-one years, our deepest desire has been to provide the most professional service to the best and brightest delegates from all over the world. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for granting us the opportunity to demonstrate that we will stop at nothing to provide you with the absolute best conference experience. UPMUNC 51 is honored to host you from November 9th through 12th, 2017 at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel.

The Secretariat is eager to prove why our conference is continuously renowned as the world’s most enjoyable and professional college Model United Nations conference. UPMUNC prides itself on being able to offer one of the largest college Model UN symposiums in the world by providing outstanding service to over 80 universities and 1,400 delegates from across the globe. We distinguish ourselves not only with our vast array of innovative committee offerings, but also with our unsurpassable nightly social events.

UPMUNC looks to provide all delegates with utmost satisfaction throughout the entire weekend, beginning with the in-room committee experience. This year, UPMUNC 51 is proud to offer 21 distinct committees: 5 large General Assembly (GA) committees, 4 medium-sized Economic and Social Councils (ECOSOC), and 12 fast-paced Crisis committees. Whether you are a Model UN newcomer or an expert delegate, you are sure to find a committee that both intrigues and excites you over the course of four days. With our dedicated 40-member secretariat and 300-member staff, we have no doubt that each and every one of your committees will be intellectually stimulating and conducted with the highest level of professionalism.

There is certainly far more to UPMUNC than the debate that takes place within committee rooms. We are honored to be able to host our yearly Speaker Series once again, which will feature experts on various topics debated in-room. But that’s not all that awaits you -- at UPMUNC, you will find yourself within walking distance of some of America’s most historic landmarks and Philadelphia’s marvelous nightlife. UPMUNC will surely guide the way with special events each night of conference, capping off the weekend with our famous Delegate Fest; it is events such as these distinguish us further as the conference of choice across the globe.

I cannot wait to welcome you to the city of Brotherly Love and to the fifty-first session of UPMUNC. Each and every one of our dedicated staffers has made your experience their highest priority; if you would like to know more about the conference, please feel free to reach out to our Secretariat. We are excited to demonstrate why UPMUNC will forever be the most exciting and intellectually-stimulating college Model UN conference in the world.

Cheers to UPMUNC 51! We could not be more ecstatic to have you with us for the ride.

Risha Rohera

Letter from the Director-General

Dear Delegates, Faculty Advisors, and Friends,

Rohan Rajagopalan

Welcome to UPMUNC 51 It is with my greatest pleasure and honor that I introduce myself as the Director-General for this year’s UPMUNC. I am incredibly thrilled to have the pleasure of inviting you all to what will be our very best conference yet, UPMUNC 51. Preparations and planning for the conference are already underway, with the rest of the secretariat and I working very hard to impress you with a conference full of high-level debate, fun social events, smooth-sailing operations, and an everlasting impact.

For over half a century now, UPMUNC has continuously been a distinguished and world-renowned conference, and this year will absolutely be no exception. Our incredibly talented secretariat is teeming with excitement with all that is in store for you. We hope to make this year's conference a special one as we continue to innovate in bringing you new and engaging experiences. In addition to a variety of committees that span across time, space, geography, and culture, we also want to provide you with exciting out-of-committee experiences. While our famous Delegate Fest is here to stay, we plan on bringing other new events to the table to provide you with the opportunity to meet other delegates from across the world and celebrate the over five decades of Model UN excellence that is UPMUNC.

For more information, feel free to check out our website at upmunc.org. Furthermore, please do not hesitate to contact us at upmunc@upmunc.org if you have any questions, concerns, or comments. We want to make UPMUNC 51 the very best it can be, and your presence there will surely make that happen.

Hope you are as excited as the rest of us here, and get pumped for a phenomenal UPMUNC 51! We look forward to seeing you here in the fall.

Rohan Rajagopalan