Summary of Day 1 – 18 April, 2021

Security Council (SC) In yesterday’s Security Council meeting, they started off the day by going over the Agenda and gave speeches on the situation happening in Myanmar. After their lunch break, they went off into small breakout rooms to start drafting their resolutions in which they focused on the foundation and where they have the consensus. They then moved on…

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China’s Opening Plenary Speech

In their speech, the People’s Republic of China makes the claim that the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development “should be at the heart of international cooperation and, of course, the first priority of our session.” They continue to call for the international community to work together to focus on sustainable development and help developing countries as well as respect a…

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Ireland’s Opening Plenary Speech

Ireland begins their speech by recognizing the heroic acts of the healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic along with the work of scientists and the sacrifices made by ordinary citizens. As the world begins to recover from the pandemic, Ireland looks to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to protect the planet and “ensure a fair and inclusive future.” Ireland…

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Ethiopia’s Opening Plenary Speech

Ethiopia begins by thanking the chairs of the General Assembly and the keynote speakers, Dr. McBride and Secretary-General Guterres. They continue by calling forth the theme of the conference, recognizing that the Sustainable Development Goals cannot be achieved without the cooperation of every member-state. Ethiopia lists the progress they have made towards reaching the Sustainable Development Goals before the pandemic…

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Cuba’s Opening Plenary Speech

The Republic of Cuba opens its speech by thanking all the members of the MUN organization, especially during these tough times. “COVID-19 has affected us all,” Cuba exclaims. We have watched economies crash and countries close themselves off. Cuba says that as time passes we are a “united front against an enemy we cannot see” which is COVID-19. The Global…

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Romania’s Opening Plenary Speech

Romania begins by expressing how honored they are to tackle this year’s theme “The Sustainable Development Goals: Leave No One Behind.” They acknowledge the serious global threats and challenges that are exposing vulnerabilities and amplifying inequalities in our nations. Some of these being poverty, human exclusions, and violations of fundamental human rights; most importantly COVID-19.  Romania is desiring to “strike…

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Kelcey Negus’s Speech

Kelcey Negus, Secretary General of this year's MUN Conference, starts her speech by thanking everyone who has been a part of making this year’s MUN Conference possible. Being creative and flexible has been a part of our lives, and in making this conference possible this year. Negus then goes on by calling for everyone to advocate for a sustainable world…

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Sec. Gen. António Guterres Speech

Secretary General of the United Nations António Guterres starts his speech with a welcome and a clear aim of the Sustainable Goals Moment which is to show “transformation is possible and is happening right now.” Secretary General Guterres continues on to speak of the progress that can be made as “one united family of nations.” However, he also recognizes the…

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Dr. Mary Pettenger Bio

Dr. Mary Pettenger is a Professor of Politics, Policy and Administration at Western Oregon University, and is a Social Sciences Division Chair. She is the co-director of International Studies Major, and teaches a variety of courses of world politics. Pettenger received her B.A. from Whitman College, and her  Ph.D. and M.A. in International Studies from University of Denver. 

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Dr. Noah Zerbe Bio

Dr. Noah Zerbe is the Model United Nations advisor for Humboldt State University. He received his Ph.D. in International Political Economy from York University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in 2002. For two years, Dr. Zerbe worked in the Catholic University of Louvain before joining the faculty at Humboldt State in the fall of 2004. There he teaches classes in the…

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