Greetings Esteemed Delegates and Faculty Advisors,
It is my great pleasure to invite you to SRMUN Atlanta 2020, taking place virtually on Friday, October 23rd – Sunday, October 25th. In light of the Covid-19 pandemic and our desire to ensure the safety of our participants, we have made the decision to host our 2020 conference virtually through Zoom. Although the conference will look a little different this year, we will still provide the same outstanding conference experience that our participants have come to expect. We also look forward to the unique opportunities that a virtual conference presents, including removing the barriers of travel and opening our conference to participants from across the United States and around the World.
SRMUN is among the nation’s leading collegiate Model United Nations conferences, bringing together hundreds of participants twice per year to simulate the various committees of the United Nations. In these committees, participants are given the opportunity to debate the international community’s most pressing issues and to collaboratively develop concrete solutions. This unique learning environment allows participants to gain a greater understanding of international relations and the United Nations system, while also developing a wide range of important skills such as public speaking, policy research, and collaborative problem-solving. At SRMUN, we believe in creating the best possible experiential learning environment for our participants. As such, we recruit a group of expert staff for our conferences. This staff works throughout the year to plan and prepare an outstanding conference experience, authoring original and well-researched background guides, reviewing delegate position papers, and training for their role as committee leaders. At conference, they seek to facilitate a high-level debate and encourage delegates to create comprehensive resolutions that accurately represent the positions of their Member States.
Each year, our conferences have an overarching theme that influences our selection of committees and topics. The theme for SRMUN Atlanta 2020 will be “Understanding and Combating Global Multidimensional Poverty and Inequality.” Despite living in an era of unparalleled economic development and prosperity, hundreds of millions of people around the world continue to live in poverty. In many cases, even as people have benefited from rising incomes, they continue to experience deprivations in the many social indicators that affect quality of life, such as standard of living and education. Therefore, it is important to recognize that there are multiple interconnected dimensions beyond monetary shortfalls that contribute to poverty, including ill health, social inequality, and lack of access to vital services (education, sanitation, transportation infrastructure, etc.). The ongoing pandemic has served to further highlight the interconnectedness of these dimensions and the need to combat poverty in all its forms. With this year representing the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations and with only ten years left to achieve the targets laid out in the Sustainable Development Goals, it is vital that we refocus our efforts towards poverty eradication to ensure that we are addressing its many dimensions, while continuing to combat the rising inequality that threatens national and international stability.
We look forward to welcoming you to our virtual SRMUN Atlanta 2020 where we will once again provide an outstanding Model United Nations experience in which participants are encouraged to expand their knowledge, open their minds, and work together to create resolutions that contribute to a better world. If you have any questions about SRMUN Atlanta 2020 or how to register, please feel free to contact me.