Arizona Model United Nations is a club devoted to the enrichment and understanding of the world and many unique cultures that exist within it. Our direct reach is limited to the southwestern United States; however, our club is merely one element in a global network of Model United Nations that extends into nearly every region internationally. Together, we work for the same goal to promote overall peace and stability in the world.
SECRETARY GENERAL'S ADDRESS
2018 - 2019
Esteemed delegates and advisors,
It is my honor to welcome you to the 57th rendition of the Arizona Model United Nations Conference, traditionally and lovingly referred to as AZMUN57. Although the conference is still months away, we’ve already begun work on new, innovative changes - as well as bringing back some favorite experiences from the past! As always, our mission is to inspire and prepare today’s delegates to succeed in tomorrow’s world. We look forward continuing this mission with you on March 9th and 10th. Be ready for a full weekend of debate, discussion, diplomatic discourse!
My name is Alex Stoken, and I have the pleasure of acting as this year’s Secretary General. Over the past three years, I’ve been lucky to be able to see AZMUN from all angles. I’ve seen inspired debate in committee, thorough resolution writing during suspensions, and truly iconic dance moves at the delegate dance. These highlights are just a sampling of my favorite memories from AZMUN, and I’m excited to make more with you this year.
We’re especially excited about some of this year’s schedule changes. We could not be more proud to be the United State’s only bilingual, binational high school conference, and this year we want to enhance the interactions between our Arizona and Sonora sides. To this effect, we have moved and renamed our former opening event, the International Welcome Picnic, to the International Delegate Dinner, now on Friday between the second committee session and the Delegate Dance. This new time will allow our distant Arizona delegates, who previously would have a hard time making it to the Welcome Picnic the day before conference started, to engage in the fun and relationship building available at the event. Our new schedule is just the latest in our yearly quest to improve the delegate experience, and we hope you take advantage of the opportunity!
In light of the current tumultuous geopolitical climate, we decided to explore how The Past Informs the Future to help our delegates, as well as ourselves, better understand how to navigate the modern world. This became our guiding light in drafting committee topics.
This led us to build committees that span from the very creation of the United Nations (the San
Francisco Conference of 1945) to a futuristic Space Race to Mars between the US and China.
Between the past and the future, we’ve tasked our delegates to consider some of the most pressing issues of our modern age - border crises, nationalism, and inequality. We’re also asking our delegates to think about local problems, in addition to global ones - we’re proud to offer the Arizona-Mexico Commission as a way for our delegates to tackle very immediate and pressing issues in the Southwest. I implore you to explore our committee options further inside this registration packet. Short research guides will be released in early October, and full background guides in January.
Arizona Model United Nations has persisted and thrived thanks to your support and passion of those who come to our conference every year, you. Over the years, I’ve consistently heard from my peers at the University of Arizona that our conference is the highlight of their Spring, and I hope it’s a special time for you as well. Make sure to keep an eye on our website, www.arizonamun.org, for conference related updates through the school year.
I’d like to end with one of the University of Arizona’s tag lines, which also happens to be a rallying cry for our club. It goes a little something like this: Bigger Questions. Better Answers. Beardown! We hope you’ll embrace this saying with us in March, and we can’t wait to Beardown (diplomatically!) with you then.
If you have any questions, please contact me at , or your dedicated Undersecretary of Domestic Coordination, Rachel Freund, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Secretary General | Arizona Model United Nations
The Arizona Model United Nations program was founded in 1963 by Dr. Clifton E. Wilson, a full professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Arizona. Through the program, Dr. Wilson hoped to provide an interactive learning experience in international politics, law and diplomacy for both high school and university students. The first Arizona Model United Nations high school conference was held on January 18th and 19th, 1963. Because the conference was being held on an “experimental basis”, it was initially limited to Tucson, Arizona area high schools. Ten Tucson high schools sent 200 delegates and sponsors to the session which consisted only of the General Assembly. The topics considered at the first General Assembly session were the Representation of Communist China in the United Nations and Nuclear Testing. Because of the enthusiastic response to this “experimental” conference, it was decided not only to make the session an annual event, but to extend it to include all Arizona high schools. In its fifty years of existence, AZMUN has reached out to more than 100 schools within the state of Arizona, as well as schools in California and Sonora, Mexico.
The AzMUN sessions have grown to include the Security Council, the Economic and Social Council, specialized committees dealing with topics such as the status of women and crime prevention, and regional bodies such as the Arab League and African Union. AZMUN has also expanded to include a Spanish-language component which now simulates a meeting of the Organization of American States as well as a Spanish-language Security Council. An enormous amount of preparation goes on behind the scenes to get ready for the actual AZMUN session.
High schools select countries, research, write position papers, and send students as delegates. Faculty advisors and student leaders help prepare their delegations by using materials of their own as well as materials provided by AAMUN. Some schools offer AZMUN as a regular class, while others offer it as a club or special activity. The University of Arizona group or ‘club’ consists of about 80 students who act as the Secretariat for the conference, running committee sessions, helping with research, facilitating crisis simulations, etc. These full-time university students organize the program, write background materials to help the high schools prepare and meet with the high school students to advise and instruct them. The activities of these students are run primarily through an eleven-member executive committee supervised by a Secretary General and a Faculty Advisor. The session is held at the University of Arizona Student Union and last for two days.
One of the highlights of the two day program is the International Banquet which features a keynote speaker. Students meet in committee sessions to form strategy, debate, then draft and vote on resolutions. The session ends with the Plenary Session where Special Rapporteurs report on the highlights of their committees and awards are given out to exceptional delegates. The educational value of high school Model United Nations simulations is immeasurable. Student Delegates take on the role of the countries they represent. Through this, they learn how other nations of the world view important issues while also learning how these nations work together. This simulation provides a better understanding of global cooperation and the use of peaceful means to solve programs while also acting as a great introduction to the fields of international relations and international law. Students gain a better knowledge of diplomacy and a realization that many of the problems facing our modern world truly know no geographic boundaries.
AZMUN is one of the oldest and most enduring student organizations at the University of Arizona. We are proud that the AZMUN has grown to become an integral part of the University of Arizona and of the educational program at many high schools. The AZMUN program has attracted the attention of the community and has gained national recognition both for its high school conference and for the performance of its University club-members as they participate at international conferences. We hope that participating students can absorb all that is offered by this unique experience. Our sincere thanks goes out to all of those special people who have worked hard over the last five decades to make AZMUN what it is today.