Krishnan Sethumadahavan

Dear Delegates and Faculty Advisors,

I am both honored and humbled to invite you to the thirty-second 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 on the circuit 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 and most fun events.

ILMUNC XXXII will take place from January 28th through January 31st, 2016 at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel in the center of Philadelphia. As the conference’s 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 the historic Olde City. The conference is also a quick taxi or subway 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 XXXII exceed all expectations and truly create a conference of collegiate quality for high school delegates.

The reputation surrounding 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 and the collegiate experience that they provide. The staff ranges across all classes, majors, schools, interests, and backgrounds, and is rigorously preparing to serve in 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 a 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 an experience of collegiate quality, 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 conferences. This year, we are proud to provide a novice General Assembly, an NGO Forum committee that will work to create real, practical solutions to the major problems of the world, pre-conference workshops to train delegates both experienced and new, and the aforementioned Summer Opportunities Fair – all of which will work to improve delegate’s experiences.

The entire secretariat is excited for the 24 committees that will take place at ILMUNC in 2016. Our General Assemblies and ECOSOC and Specialized committees will be returning to conference this year in order to guide delegates to cooperate in solving the world's most important pressing problems. The eight crisis committees will cover a multitude of topics and range from historical to present-day simulations, 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 and gain experience in a collaborative setting. 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 XXXII secretariat strives to help the conference continue to grow and improve 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. Our ground-breaking mobile application is sure to improve every conference-goer’s experience by improving integration between staff, delegates, and faculty advisors. Additionally, ILMUNC XXXII 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 Also, feel free to call me at any point throughout the day at (407) 416-4598. The ILMUNC XXXII 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.


Krishnan Sethumadhavan