Prime Minister of Canada: Justin Trudeau
It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the Montreal United Nations Conference 2017 (MUNC).
Since its inception in 2013, MUNC has empowered thousands of students from every corner of the map to showcase their immense talent and engage in dynamic debate. This fifth anniversary of MUNC is particularly special, as it is also the year we celebrate Canada 150 and Montreal 375. This provides us the opportunity to reflect on not only what Canada means to the world, but also what we can do together to create positive global change.
The engaging debates and discussions held throughout this event are a vital part of your experience, which will contribute to meaningful and thought-provoking learning. 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.
Premier of Quebec: Philippe Couillard
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.
I would like to extend a warm welcome to all of the young people gathered in Montreal for the Montreal United Nations Conference 2017. As Premier of the Province of Quebec and responsible for youth-related questions, I am proud and delighted to see these fine young people come to Quebec to discuss and fraternize.
The event, this year, is all the more significant since 2017 marks the 375th anniversary of the foundation of Montreal. Welcoming young people from around the world to discuss the questions that affect them and proudly display their cultural differences is also a striking way to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canada, an inclusive, diverse country.
I would like to congratulate the organizing committee for its efforts devoted to this unifying event, which will enable thousands of young people to engage in an unforgettable experience, see the world from a new perspective and, perhaps, establish new, life-long friendships. It is through such initiatives that we can hope for peace and prosperity for current and future generations.
Best wishes to all of the young diplomats and many fruitful discussions.
Mayor of Montreal: Denis Coderre
I extend the warmest of welcomes to all participants in the Montreal United Nations Conference 2017. Montreal is pleased and proud to be hosting this conference, which will bring together students from all over the world to discuss different global issues and challenges as well as stimulate co-operation and exchanges between various cultures.
Montreal has long been a “UN city,” with an acknowledged international status thanks to the presence here of several global organizations including the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS), the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD), and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), along with some 80 consular mission.
As a dynamic cultural metropolis, an inclusive, pluralist city that is open to the world, we are a natural choice to host this conference in 2017, the year in which we also celebrate the 375th anniversary of Montreal’s founding.
Cities have become key players in tackling the global and local challenges that we all face. This event is perfectly in keeping with our vision, which aims at strengthening co-operation and dialogue to find solutions to the world’s problems.
I wish you all an excellent assembly full of enriching exchanges, and a most pleasant stay in Montreal.