Welcome to UPMUNC

Letter from the Secretary-General

Dear Delegates, Faculty Advisors, and Friends,

Beau Staso

It is my pleasure to invite you to the fifty-third iteration of the University of Pennsylvania Model United Nations Conference. For the past fifty-three years, we have strived to provide the most professional service to the best and brightest delegates from all over the world and we will stop at nothing to provide you with the absolute best conference experience.

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 53 is proud to offer 20 distinct 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 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. Situated in the heart of Philadelphia, you will find yourself within walking distance of some of America’s most historic landmarks and marvelous nightlife. UPMUNC will be sure 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-third 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 53! We could not be more ecstatic to have you with us for the ride.

Beau Staso

Letter from the Director-General

Dear Delegates, Faculty Advisors, and Friends,

Canyon Kornicker

It is my pleasure to introduce you all to the 5nd iteration of the University of Pennsylvania Model United Nations Conference (UPMUNC). My name is Canyon Kornicker, and I’m a member of the Class of 2021 at the University of Pennsylvania. I’m a student in Wharton, studying Management and Behavioral Economics, with a minor in English.

UPMUNC has been a such a huge part of my time at Penn so far. Through this amazing organization, I’ve met some of my closest friends at school. When I first joined this club, I had no idea how close I would get with people who I ran a Model UN conference with, but alas, here I am, entering my third year on the secretariat and loving it now more than ever.

It is a pleasure and an honor to serve as this year’s Director General. I have big shoes to follow, taking on this role following the many incredible Directors General before me. Yet, I hope to continue that legacy and bring my own unique style to this position and taking charge as a leader for this conference.

I cannot express enough how great of a Secretariat we have this year, and what this will mean for conference. Our Secretary General, Beau Staso, is one of the most hard-working, dedicated, knowledgeable and passionate people I know. Morgan, Arjun and Trevor are all incredible leaders and will set an amazing example for the rest of our secretariat this year.

I can’t wait to bring Beau’s and my vision for conference to fruition this upcoming year. We have a lot of great changes planned for you, shaping this year’s UPMUNC to be a more substantively rich, more fun and overall positive experience for all. This conference has come to mean a great deal to me over the years and I want to make sure to have the best possible conference for all our delegates.

I hope to see you all this coming November!

Canyon Kornicker