Dear Prospective Delegates and Advisers,

It is with great excitement and pleasure that we invite you to join us at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Secondary School Model United Nations Conference! UMassMUN XVI will take place March 10th to March 12th, 2017 in Amherst, MA at the UMass Hotel and Conference Center, located in the center of the Commonwealth’s flagship campus.

Hosted and staffed by the UMass International Relations Club, the goal of UMassMUN is to bring our delegates together into an environment that fosters creative thinking and open-mindedness in debate. We strive to provide a unique, exciting, and challenging experience with each conference in order to foster communication skills, test critical thinking and reasoning, and proliferate knowledge of international relations. Our committees are designed to present delegates with multi-faceted international issues ranging from political and social movements to environmental and health concerns, and keep them in touch with the state of our globalized world.

It is our distinct pleasure to announce the theme of UMassMUN XVI will be "Power"! As our world moves further in its course of globalization, political power is more important than ever. Power has played a central role in many historical events as well as current and prospective ones, as opposing sides fight for control over their respective spheres.

At our conference, we hope to generate discussion and simulate potential resolutions in our committees on: COP 23, Nixon’s Cabinet, European Union, African Union, Disarmament & International Security Cooperation Agency, Special Political and Decolonization, Human Rights Commission, UN Women, Historic Security Council, Colombia and FARC Peace Deal, and the Bosnian War.

UMassMUN XVI also strives to provide its delegates and advisers with a professional and enjoyable conference setting. An opening reception is provided for both delegates and their advisors, and numerous social events including a dance and trivia take place on Saturday evening. Together, the experiences in and out of committee make UMassMUN one of the premier high school Model United Nations conferences in the Northeast.

We look forward to seeing you in March!

UMassMUN XVI Secretariat