IMUNA, a non-profit, educational organization formally associated with the United Nations Department of Global Communications, has served for more than four decades as the vanguard in global issues education through simulation. By leveraging its unique philosophy and human resources, IMUNA conferences provide engaging and transformative learning opportunities that empower students with the skills they need to be responsible global citizens. IMUNA's programming builds upon classroom skills — providing students with the
means and confidence to be effective agents for global change. The organization actively builds and supports a network of international practitioners and organizations in a community of excellence, utilizing expert resources to identify new improvements and innovations in global issues education. IMUNA's programming integrates emotional and social intelligence with interdisciplinary academic skill-sets, guiding students as they cultivate empathy, critical thinking skills, and cross-cultural understanding.
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What a great, great privilege it is to be here with all of you in this astounding hall. This is an amazing privilege to be with the future leaders of our world. I just wish that the whole world, the world’s leaders, had your energy. Because if they did, this world would be the happiest place in the universe.
It is a great pleasure to welcome everyone to NYC and to NHSMUN. The UN strives every day to promote peace and security, uphold human rights, and tackle the world’s most pressing crises. We are proud to be home to its headquarters and the many political, educational, and cultural events it inspires. NHSMUN is one of these terrific events, helping to equip the leaders of tomorrow with the skills they will need to ably guide us into the future.
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I wish you could stand where I am standing right now, to be able to look out at all of you. Model United Nations really is enough to give one hope…to really inspire one…about what your generation is going to achieve in the world. We need you. That’s my main message to you here this evening.
To share a few words to the delegates of NHSMUN: First, thank you for doing it. The UN is a vital global institution. It better work because we have to figure out ways to make this planet work together, and that’s the way we get 193 countries around the table and try as we might to get global agreements on critical issues—exactly the task you face as the ambassadors and UN leaders in the Model United Nations.