United Nations Secretary-general
Thank you for taking part in the Model United Nations. I appreciate your commitment to our global mission of peace, sustainable development and human rights.
Our world today enjoys remarkable opportunities to advance common progress. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals are our blueprint for dignity, prosperity and a healthy planet.
But “we the peoples” also face many complex challenges. Armed conflicts have deepened. Global anxieties about nuclear weapons are the highest since the Cold War. Climate change is moving faster than we are. Inequality and nationalism are on the rise, while trust and solidarity are on the decline.
These problems and challenges are increasingly global – and increasingly grave.
We need less hatred, more dialogue and deeper international cooperation. Multilateralism is more important than ever. Empowering the world’s young people is also an imperative.
We must do more to enable young people to shape the decisions affecting their lives. Your potential is the world’s potential. As you stand up for our shared values, the United Nations stands with you.
Please accept my best wishes for a successful Model United Nations Conference.
International Civil Aviation Organization Secretary general
It is my great pleasure to welcome all the students and organizers who will be participating in this year's Montreal United Nations Conference (MUNC).
This sixth edition of MUNC brings young leaders from around the world to the beautiful city of Montreal, a highly dynamic metropolis and the World Capital of Civil Aviation, to explore new forms of social entrepreneurship and experience a productive immersion in international diplomacy, aimed at addressing our most urgent global concerns.
As the Secretary General of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the only United Nations agency headquartered in this country, I am deeply honoured to be able to express to the 2018 MUNC delegates the hope and support of all of the United Nations offices which are based here.
Additionally, since ICAO is headquartered right here in Montreal, I would encourage all of your participants to consider visiting our premises, and to learn more about the critical role of aviation connectivity in linking cultures and economies to foster greater peace and prosperity all over the world.
As we all continue to work together towards the Sustainable Development Goals established under the United Nations Sustainable Development Agenda 2030, the ideas and enthusiasm you bring to this year's assemblies and committees could help to spur important contributions to the future well-being of our planet and its peoples.
I wish you all a very productive, engaging and provocative conference.
GOVERNOR GENERAL of Canada
High above us, the International Space Station orbits the Earth every 90 minutes. There, astronauts from countries around the world work together to overcome obstacles. The interesting thing about this is how seamless it works. There are no borders from 400 km above the planet. There is simply a job to do and the men and women on board to complete it.
It is the ultimate diplomatic mosaic.
At the Montreal United Nations Conference, students are learning about the importance of diplomacy, tact, co-operation and debate to solve problems. They will look past borders and perceived differences, and embrace the fact that we share this world and its resources.
In the process, they will discover an indisputable truth: we are all responsible for our treatment of each other and our environment. We decide what tomorrow will bring.
Good luck to all the participants. I wish all of you well as you begin your discussions.
Prime Minister of Canada
It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the 2018 Montreal United Nations Conference (MUNC).
Since its inception in 2013, Model United Nations has empowered thousands of students from every corner of the map to showcase their immense talent and engage in dynamic debate. I believe that youth are not just the leaders of tomorrow, they are the leaders of today, and the actions taken now can have a significant and lasting impact on the world around us. The friendships and experiences you make here will remain with you for a lifetime.
Thank you to the dedicated organizers of this amazing event and to all of you who are in attendance.
Please accept my warmest welcome and best wishes for an inspiring and successful conference!
Premier of Quebec
It is a pleasure and an honour to welcome you again to the Montreal United Nations Conference. I am especially pleased to note the interest and enthusiasm of young people from at home and abroad who are not only concerned with international questions, but are also endeavouring to find solutions to the challenges that we are facing.
Such challenges follow one another and recur from year to year. Today, migrant crises, growing populism and protectionism, climate change impacts or the accelerated transformation of the world economy are all events taking place elsewhere that directly affect us. These situations highlight the need to display openness to others
and the importance of dialogue, both from the standpoint of individuals and at the international level. As its sustained involvement on the international scene attests, Quebec firmly believes in the power of such openness and collaboration.
I am proud to observe the passion with which our young people are sharing their ideas and energy and defending causes about which they feel strongly. This is undoubtedly one of the best ways to transform over time our ideals into reality in order to abolish walls and build bridges between nations. The future is preparing itself now, through such initiatives that encourage openness to the world. I am convinced that this gathering will enable our young people to forge lasting bonds and discuss the necessity of citizen engagement and its considerable impact in ensuring society’s prosperity now and in the future.
Congratulations to the organizers and best wishes to one and all for a successful conference.
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Mayor of Montreal
I would like to extend a warm welcome to you and to thank you for visiting Montreal and for attending this important event that favors exchanges and debates pertaining to major international issues. You will discover that our city is home to numerous international organizations who, through the talent of their employees, take on the daily challenges of cooperation.
A strong team has come together to host this 6th Conference. Just like you, they are students and come from various horizons: political science, economics, journalism, social science and finance. I was thrilled to see their involvement, not only as volunteers with the Montreal United Nations Conference, but also with other national and international organizations. I greatly admire their numerous commitments.
By taking part in these debates, you too are showing that you are committed to finding solutions and to developing your ability to get people on board -- both qualities that I hold dear. Cities are key players in overcoming international challenges and they rely on citizens like you to add their voices to the discussions.
I wish you fruitful debates and an excellent stay with us. Enjoy these simulations to the fullest and explore every new encounter. You will doubtlessly meet these collaborators again as you pursue your commitments, and you will be glad to have met them here, in Montreal.
president & chief executive officer, tourisme montréal
On behalf of Tourisme Montréal and our city’s tourism industry professionals, I would like to welcome you to Montreal for the 6th edition of the Montreal United Nations Conference.
Montreal is a vibrant, innovative, and innately creative urban destination. Make the most of your free time and explore its dynamic streets, get to know the locals, sample its legendary cuisine, and soak up its ever-changing cultural scene. It’s a city whose spirited ambiance and charming style win hearts over, and we are thrilled to be able to share all its sights and sounds with you!