Welcome to the General Assemblies!

The General Assembly is the primary policy-making organ of the United Nations and plays a pivotal role in the representation of global nation-states in various critical matters of world politics. These nation-states work effortlessly via cooperation and diplomacy to construct resolutions detailing solutions to pertinent global issues, while also tending to their administrative responsibilities, which include overseeing the United Nations budget, appointing members to the Security Council, and selecting the Secretary-General.

Dear Delegates,

It is my immense privilege to welcome all of you to the Thirty Sixth session of the Ivy League Model United Nations Conference. I am extremely excited and deeply honored to introduce myself as one of your Under-Secretaries General of General Assemblies. This past year, I served as an Assistant-Secretary General of Crisis Simulations and loved and valued every minute of conference. In high school, I participated in MUN during all four years in the Susquehanna Valley Model United Nations League, eventually becoming President of my school’s club and chair of the league’s International Court of Justice committee my senior year. My high school MUN experiences helped me to discover my passion for international relations and although I never attended ILMUNC, my time planning the conference has been a huge positive marker of my freshman year. I hope to make ILMUNC just as much of a wonderful experience in your lives as it is in mine.

Because of my four years of MUN in high school, I decided to major in International Relations to hopefully enact important global changes like the real UN does. Through this major and my involvement in the International Affairs Association, Penn has allowed me to learn more about the world we live in and how best to make it better. When I’m not in class or planning ILMUNC, I play on the women’s water polo team, I am a member of Penn Democrats, and I am a University Scholar. I come from Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, a small town in rural Amish country, and my non-academic interests include exploring the great outdoors, eating mac and cheese, taking naps, swooning over RBG, and listening to good music.

Throughout the year, the members of the ILMUNC XXXVI staff have been working their hardest to ensure that this conference is stimulating, creative, and rewarding. At the end of the weekend, we want each delegate to walk away from this beautiful city with strengthened critical thinking skills, new friends and interpersonal connections, and a better understanding of the world around them. I cannot wait to meet all of you and to hear all of your unique ideas, so please introduce yourself and we can talk about anything and everything. See you in January!

Cheers,

Erin Kraskewicz

Under-Secretary-General, General Assemblies
The 36th Ivy League Model United Nations Conference

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Dear Delegates,

My name is Sameer and I am extremely excited and honored to welcome you to the Thirty Sixth Session of the Ivy League Model United Nations Conference. It is my pleasure and honor to introduce myself as your Under-Secretary of General Assemblies. Previously, I was an Assistant Secretary-General for General Assemblies at ILMUNC XXXV, in addition to a delegate in the Social, Humanitarian, and Cultural Committee at ILMUNC when I was in high school. I have come to fall in love with the General Assemblies organ, for I have learned so much from my previous experiences surrounding this surreal component of the United Nations and the phenomenal levels of debate contained within these bodies. I have had the honor to make some of my closest and most dear friends in both high school and university via my times as a delegate and USG at ILMUNC. I will take it as my duty to share these experiences and ensure that every delegate is blessed with the same opportunity that ILMUNC has continuously blessed me with throughout the years.

I am currently a sophomore at the Wharton School. I am undeclared in my concententration, but am extremely passionate about the fields of finance, healthcare management, and public policy. I was born in Bombay, India and went to high school in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where I enjoyed participating in debate and public-policy oriented clubs, in addition to also being a delegate at ILMUNC. I am also a member of the Intercollegiate Model UN Team (INTERCOL) at Penn, and an active member of the International Affairs Association. Apart from ILMUNC, I enjoy spending time with my family, skateboarding, making music, and playing jazz guitar.

Our ILMUNC team this year has been working around the clock to make sure that this conference will be the best yet. We are all very excited to see everyone in January, and couldn’t be happier to host this conference. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions about conference, committee, or anything in the middle!

Warm regards,

Sameer Khan

Under-Secretary-General, General Assemblies
The 36th Ivy League Model United Nations Conference