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António Guterres

United Nations Secretary-general

It is a pleasure to greet this Model United Nations.

Today, people around the world are inter-connected. Conflict, environmental destruction, poverty and injustice affect everyone. We have to work in common cause for our common humanity. All parents want a better life for their children. All religions value peace. All communities thrive when they value diversity. 

At Model UN, you broaden your horizons. By learning and networking, you can be part of the UN's efforts to establish peace, secure human rights and enable all people to live in dignity. 

I have called for a surge in diplomacy for peace - and for a new emphasis on preventing conflicts. We are also working to improve living conditions everywhere through the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. 

In all these areas, we can benefit from your enthusiasm and your ideas. I hope you follow our social media accounts and stay fully engaged in your communities. 

The United Nations stands with you as you stand up for our shared values. Together, let us create a more compassionate, inclusive and peaceful world. 

 

JULIE PAYETTE 

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.  


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Justin Trudeau

Prime Minister of Canada

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. 


Philippe Couillard

Premier of Quebec

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.


Denis Coderre

Mayor of Montreal

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.


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Yves Lalumière 

president & chief executive officer, tourisme montreal

On behalf of Tourisme Montreal and our city’s tourism industry professionals, I would like to welcome you to Montreal for the 5th edition of the Montreal United Nations Conference.

More than 500 participants are expected here at a time when the city is bustling with a diverse program of bold and creative events for its 375th anniversary celebrations. The young cohort of MUNC delegates is also arriving in Montreal just as the United Nation’s has declared 2017 the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. This is the perfect opportunity to remind tomorrow’s leaders that Montreal is committed to promoting sustainable development—in its economic, social and environmental dimensions—through tourism.

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!