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Message from Secretary-General

Dear delegates, faculty advisors, teachers, and friends of Singapore Model United Nations,

On behalf of the Secretariat, it is my honour to invite you to SMUN 2016, to be held between 13 to 16 June in National University of Singapore’s (NUS) University Town.

Over the past twelve years, SMUN has provided a platform for stimulating academic debate. In 2015, we featured issues such as foreign military bases, the Yom Kippur War, and child labour. The conference has grown from strength to strength, drawing not only more delegates each year but also more chairs who wield a diverse and international chairing experience. I am proud to say that acclaimed conferences worldwide such as Harvard World Model United Nations and Paris International Model United Nations have selected our organizing staff as chairpersons. Moreover, at the recent Citi-Pan Asia Model United Nations 2015 in Taipei, the NUS delegation comprising members of our Secretariat clinched the Group Delegation Award for the delegation’s outstanding performance all-round. With such stellar performances, we are certain that we can deliver a conference exemplary in academic calibre and delegate experience.

In SMUN 2016, our ten academic committees engage pertinent global issues that others, paradoxically, often deem unimportant or not urgent. These issues include mental health, women and sports, and Islamophobia. In addition, we are also extremely excited to announce that SMUN 2016 will premiere the first ever joint crisis war committee in the Singapore MUN scene, the 1941 Malaya Campaign. Here, delegates role-play a military official from either the Imperial Japanese Army or the British Malaya Command to chart a new World War Two campaign trail. In SMUN 2016, our ten academic committees engage pertinent global issues that others, paradoxically, often deem unimportant or not urgent. These issues include mental health, women and sports, and Islamophobia. In addition, we are also extremely excited to announce that SMUN 2016 will premiere the first ever joint crisis war committee in the Singapore MUN scene, the 1941 Malaya Campaign. Here, delegates role-play a military official from either the Imperial Japanese Army or the British Malaya Command to chart a new World War Two campaign trail.

As you debate you gain public speaking skills, confidence, and not only a better understanding of the world but a deeper awareness of yourselves -- your strengths, your weaknesses, and how to rally others with what you have. Through teamwork that produces joy, you hone leadership grounded in maturity, humanity, and collaboration, and forge enduring cross-cultural friendships.

We believe in what we foster and perpetuate as Singapore Model United Nations, and therefore invite you to share in this unique experience. Any information you may require should be present in the Delegate Prospectus or on this website, but if you have further questions please do not hesitate to get in touch with either my conference staff or myself. You may find our contact details on this website as well. On behalf of the Secretariat, I look forward to seeing you in Singapore this June.

Sincerely,
Ingmar Salim
Secretary-General
Singapore Model United Nations 2016