Letter from the Secretary-General

Dear Delegates and Advisors,

It is my pleasure to invite you to the 23rd annual Greater Washington Conference on International Affairs! On November 17th 2018, 500 middle school students from across the country will come together for a day-long Model United Nations conference. Located at The George Washington University Marvin Center, just blocks away from the White House, World Bank, and countless other landmarks, GWCIA will provide delegates with a unique opportunity to practice diplomacy and debate international issues right in the heart of our nation’s capital.

GWCIA is a learning-oriented conference designed to challenge future leaders by developing their public speaking, research, and collaboration skills. We pride ourselves on offering a wide range of committees, from traditional General Assemblies to unique fast paced crisis simulations. At GWCIA, delegates of all skill levels and backgrounds will find a committee that caters to their unique interests. This year, we are thrilled to offer an exciting array of committees, from Oliver Cromwell’s Cabinet to a futuristic Colonization of Mars crisis simulation. Each committee will challenge delegates to confront difficult global issues and arrive at solutions that will make the world a better place.

As someone who first joined Model UN in 7th grade, I can certainly attest to the valuable lessons that can be gained from participation in the activity. Model UN has provided me with the confidence to advocate for what I believe in, the communication skills to excel in collaborative settings, and the critical thinking required for resolution building. Now, as a junior in college, just as passionate about MUN as I was 8 years ago, I can honestly say that I have no idea where I would be today if it wasn’t for Model UN.

As we move towards an increasingly globalized world, the skills that delegates will develop during the conference are more relevant than ever before. From the importance of cooperation and teamwork in achieving a shared goal, to advocating for a better world,  the lessons and perspectives Model UN teaches are long lasting and far reaching. For delegates, I hope that participating in GWCIA will inspire you to continue in your Model UN journey or maybe even consider a future career in the field of international affairs!

Registration for GWCIA XXIII will be opening on July 1st, 2018. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns. We look forward to seeing you on November 17th!

Linnea Budd
Secretary General, GWCIA XXIII