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    Dear Delegate, 

    I, along with the Yeshiva University Office of Admissions, would like to extend enthusiastic congratulations to you on being selected to represent your school as a delegate to the Yeshiva University National Model United Nations XXIV.  The position you have assumed is a tremendous privilege, and I hope you are excited by the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. Being a delegate will require your best efforts, and I am confident that you will properly prepare for this unique experience over the coming months.

    As a delegate at Model UN, you will be challenged to think critically. You will be presented with topics that require much research and analysis, and you will be pushed by your committee chairs to recognize the nuances and complexities of these issues.  Be prepared to be critiqued and questioned, since the responsibility rests with you to clearly articulate and defend your arguments.  The more time and effort you devote to understanding your topic, your country's position, the structure of the United Nations, and the procedure for Model UN, the more capable and convincing a delegate you will be. 

    At Model UN, your skills as a leader will be tested and proven.  Through the art of diplomacy and a commitment to respect, tolerance, and unity, you will excel as a delegate. These vital traits are the foundation of the UN Charter and continue to guide this tremendous international organization and countries around the world in the pursuit of creating a world of peace and harmony.

    Model UN is not merely a chance to learn about the United Nations, nor is it simply the opportunity to debate the issues currently shaping our world - it is a critical moment to learn about ourselves, the connections we have to people around the globe, and the responsibility that those connections create.  Model UN is an opportunity to recognize our roles as global citizens. It is a chance to look beyond our immediate selves, to think bigger and broader - to other people, to other countries, even to outer space; and to see the role that we can play in shaping and creating our world and global community. 

    It is my sincerest hope that you walk away from this year's conference with new friends, respect for your chairs, and an appreciation for the tremendous power and responsibility you have to, in the prophetic words of UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, "help the world see and believe in a better future."

    We at Yeshiva University are certainly excited to see the enthusiasm and talent that you bring to the conference and look forward to meeting you all. If you have any questions or comments regarding the conference, please email me at YUNMUNXXIV@yu.edu. I will be more than happy to hear from you. Best of luck!


    Adena Kleiner

    Secretary General, YUNMUN XXIV




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