Vancouver Youth Model United Nations 2019

By Betty Pan ’21

From October 25-27, WPGA senior school students hosted our 14th annual Vancouver Youth Model United Nations (VYMUN) at the Hotel Fairmont Château in Whistler. Since spring 2019, our secretariat and staff team have dedicated countless hours to coordinating the student-led youth conference. Intended to imitate the real United Nations, VYMUN is a first step for many students into the riveting world of diplomacy. This year, we offered 11 committees, ranging from 80 delegate general assemblies to 15 delegate specialized crisis committees, open to a variety of skill and experience levels. Targeted to students in grades 7 through 10, VYMUN challenges young minds to consider, debate and solve world issues.

Under the incredible leadership of Secretary-General Alison Lee ’20, the conference was an absolute success. Prior to the conference, months of work went into writing background guides (academic research papers) on various topics, website preparation, registration, and the logistics of hosting over 500 students from schools across the Lower Mainland. During the conference, our secretariat team and committee staff worked tirelessly to ensure participants engaged in exciting discussions and debate. Alison, working alongside Director-General Ethan Jasny ’21, created countless spreadsheets and ran from room to room with the crisis team. The pair established themselves as indispensable leaders in the Model UN world and we are grateful for their hard work.

Furthermore, thank you to Ms. Lee and Ms. Haider, our mentors, who guided us in organizing the conference. To all our teachers, chaperones and alumni, thank you for showing your support for VYMUN 2019.