Delegates, Student Officers, Administrative Staff and MUN Directors,
As Secretary General of Paris Model United Nations 2007, I have the honor to invite all of you to our annual conference in Paris, France. This international conference is unique, as it truly is a conference by the students for the students. For instance, last year the students drafted a proposal to reform the Security Council in the General Assembly. This year that very proposal has been implemented in the upcoming conference. It is the goal of our conference to simulate the United Nations to the greatest extent possible, thus entrusting students with the responsibilities and tasks of delegates to resolve the gravest issues that face our generation today.
This year, the theme of globalization will be integrated into the conference. Amongst other pressing issues the delegates will be asked to answer the question of globalization, particularly defining the role and responsibilities of international bodies during this process. The globalization process, if not monitored, can give rise to a world vulnerable to human rights abuses. However, the cooperation of governments, IGOs and NGOs, can have many positive effects. Some of these include improving the economies of developing countries while increasing their standards of living and providing opportunities for individuals. Positive globalization can be realized if governments are willing to work together towards a collective goal and this is where cooperation is essential. In the words of former Secretary General Kofi Annan, “We must ensure that the global market is embedded in broadly shared values and practices that reflect global social needs, and that all the world's people share the benefits of globalization.”
During my experience in Model UN, I have encountered the brightest minds of this generation. I sincerely believe this program provides an introduction to the international system, as well as granting students the opportunity to realize the collective goals of the UN while solving contemporary challenges. We fully understand that hosting PAMUN 2007 is both an honor and a great responsibility. On that note, we will continue our legacy of achieving the highest level of dedication and professionalism in every aspect to make your experience memorable. On behalf of the American School of Paris, I welcome you to partake in our vision to realize proactive global citizenship and I look forward to acquainting myself with the leaders of tomorrow.
Secretary General, PAMUN 2007