Letter from the Secretary-General
Dear Delegates and Sponsors,
It is a pleasure and an honor to invite you to the 22nd Annual Governor’s School Model United Nations Conference (GSMUN) to be held at the Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School on March 22nd and 23rd, 2019. Our secretariat has worked unbelievably hard since May to ensure that all of GSMUN XXII - the debate, the crises, and so much more - runs better than ever for you.
Over the years, GSMUN has grown from a humble conference inviting about 100 delegates from central Richmond and a few surrounding counties, to one comprising over 550, with delegates coming from as far away as Illinois. Since its inception, the delegate experience has always been of paramount importance to us, which is why we always have and will continue to strive to engage you from the moment you step into our building and impart a memorable weekend. To that end, I’m excited to announce our new-and-improved Core Committees, wherein delegates from five different committees make decisions that affect each other, and attempt to influence delegates from other committees to play to their own interests. GSMUN XXII will also feature the debut of our Tri-Crisis, exploring a three-sided war in the 13th century that culminated in the fall of the Latin Empire. This is sure to be an incredibly unique experience!
Our theme this year incorporates the slogan Take Charge of Tomorrow with an ocean frontier-inspired logo that is reminiscent of the exploration of the unknown. Our delegates - you - will be the leaders of tomorrow, helping to navigate world politics when the onus of global leadership falls upon you. In addition to your efforts at GSMUN XXII to change the world in countless ways within our 19 committees, you will also get the chance to attend a speech by our keynote speaker political scientist Ian Bremmer, courtesy of our partnership with the Richmond Forum; and be a part of our incredible fundraising efforts for our official charity, World Pediatric Project, an organization that strives to heal critically ill children and build needed healthcare infrastructure around the world.
And finally, I’d like to formally invite you to register for GSMUN XXII. Registration dates have changed since last year: Early Registration will end at 11:59pm on December 14; Normal Registration will last from December 15 to February 15. If you would like more information about registration, please visit gsmun.net/register. Should you ever need to contact me - whether you have a question about registration, committees, or you just want to talk - I am always just one email message away!
GSMUN has been a staple in my life since the beginning of freshman year, and I hope to make sure that this year is more memorable than ever for you.
Som D. Mohapatra
Secretary-General, GSMUN XXII