Welcome to ILMUNC XXXI!

What is ILMUNC?

Hosted by the International Affairs Association at the University of Pennsylvania, the Ivy League Model United Nations Conference (ILMUNC) is the premier Model United Nations conference for high school students. Each January, we gather students from around the world to participate in a weekend of stimulating debate, hands-on learning, and enjoyable activities in Philadelphia and on Penn’s scenic campus. Please click on the links above to learn more about the conference.

ILMUNC XXXI will be held from Thursday, January 29 to Sunday, February 1, 2015 at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel, in the heart of the city of Brotherly Love.

Invitation from the Secretary-General

Dear Delegates and Faculty Advisors,

I am both honored and humbled to invite you to the thirty-first session of the Ivy League Model United Nations Conference. This year's conference will feature another year of stimulating debate, invigorating discussion, and the opportunity for the world's future leaders to engage with and solve myriad pressing issues. The ILMUNC secretariat will do everything in its power to maintain the conference's impressive reputation by continuing to offer the most competitive and fun committees to its delegates. Additionally, we will simultaneously provide a jam-packed slate of both academic, recreational, and social events to improve the delegate experience throughout ILMUNC. Not only does our Summer Opportunities Fair offer delegates the ability to learn about incredible chances to travel and work during their summer vacations, our Delegate Festival and Delegate Dance are consistently two of ILMUNC's most anticipated events.

ILMUNC XXXI will take place from January 29th through February 1st, 2015 at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel in the center of Philadelphia. As the conference home and hotel at which a vast majority of participants will stay throughout conference, the Sheraton is a perfect location for everyone involved with ILMUNC. It is a short trip from many of Philadelphia's iconic cultural and historical stops, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Reading Terminal Market, the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, and Olde City. The conference is also a quick taxi ride from the campus of the University of Pennsylvania.

The secretariat is hard at work preparing for next year and is taking the necessary steps to ensure the quality of the conference and its 24 committees. Part of what makes ILMUNC so incredible is the dedication of its secretariat and staff, as well as the amount of immense preparation that goes into the conference. Our Under-Secretaries-General, Operations team, and stellar Upper Secretariat are prepared to devote the next year of our lives to make ILMUNC XXXI exceed all expectations.

The reputation surround the Ivy League Model United Nations Conference is one that is unmatched across the United States. I have no doubt that ILMUNC has attained its phenomenal status across the country and throughout the globe because of its incredible staff of over 300 leaders from the University of Pennsylvania. The staff ranges across all classes, majors, schools, interests, and backgrounds, and is rigorously preparing to serve their positions with professionalism and care. Programs from Penn's International Affairs Association, ILMUNC's parent organization, will train our staff in the logistics of running a conference with as large in magnitude as ILMUNC. Many of the conference's staff members also represent Penn on one of the top Model UN teams on the intercollegiate circuit, a squad that is renowned both nationally and globally. These experiences allow ILMUNC's staffers to see conference from the perspective of a delegate, and provides a balance unparalleled at any other conference.

Our focus on staff quality ensures challenging debate topics and thought provoking crises. While maintaining a high level of quality on the substantive side of conference, the ILMUNC secretariat also focuses on allowing less-experienced delegates to thrive within a Model UN context, regardless of attendance at prior competitive conferences. This year, we are proud to provide a novice General Assembly, a Press Corps committee that will produce a printed newspaper every day of conference, pre-conference workshops to train delegates, and even the aforementioned Summer Opportunities Fair.

The entire secretariat is enthralled with the 24 committees that will take place at ILMUNC 2015. Our General Assemblies will be returning to conference this year in order to guide delegates to cooperate in solving the world's most important current problems. The eight crisis committees cover a multitude of topics and range from historical to futuristic committees, all of which will test delegates' abilities to effectively react to dynamic crises. In all cases, delegates should hope to expand their perspective on global affairs. ILMUNC's committees are its foundation and they allow the conference to maintain a successful balance between an entertaining and competitive spirit.

More than anything, the ILMUNC XXXI secretariat strives to help the conference continue to grow at an unprecedented level. We are excited to continue to implement new and exciting aspects to ILMUNC, including a variety of technological innovations that are sure to make the conference experience significantly more enjoyable. Additionally, ILMUNC XXXI is striving to be the most environmentally-friendly conference yet, and I am confident that the secretariat and staff will be successful in helping this goal come to fruition. The entire ILMUNC secretariat seeks to ensure universal satisfaction among all those in attendance and to address any and all concerns and comments during conference. If you have any questions, concerns, or comments between now and conference, please do not hesitate to email me at sec-gen@ilmunc.com. Also, feel free to call me at any point throughout the day at (267) 800-5599. The ILMUNC XXXI secretariat and I could not be more excited to host you in Philadelphia in January, and cannot wait to welcome you to the next chapter of a conference defined by tradition and excellence.


Riley Steele

The 31st Ivy League Model United Nations Conference