Distinguished Delegates and Esteemed Advisors,
It is with great pleasure that I invite you to attend SRMUN Charlotte 2021, to be held March 26-28, 2021. This year, due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, SRMUN Charlotte will be a virtual hosted on Zoom. While it is unfortunate we will not gather at the Omni Charlotte Hotel, I am excited to welcome everyone to be part of this virtual conference, which is still committed to deliver the excellent Model United Nations experience we expect here in SRMUN. We believe in preparing the future leaders of tomorrow, and that tomorrow is certainly being tested today. Though these are challenging times, we look forward to applying the challenges, successes, and opportunities presented in our local, regional and international politics today, to make our upcoming conference experience a great one.
For 32 years, the SRMUN organization has crafted a vision of excellence in education and service by providing outstanding Model United Nations conferences for our delegates. One of our signature goals is to connect our students and faculty with the wider perspective of international diplomacy, as demonstrated through the work of the United Nations. By bringing together the various fields and issues of international relations and multiple disciplines that create an open and broad vision of personal global leadership, we look to create the leaders of tomorrow.
Our theme, Unity: Coming Together to Address a Changing World, tackles head on the forces that are pushing our world apart, from personal anxieties and fears of an uncertain future, to communities under the pressures of nationalism and changing economies. In the greatest of crises, when present in the global realm, such features have led to war, unrest, and distancing between states and communities. The issues resulting from global response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the pressures it has placed on management of political conflict, trade and economic systems, and social and community unrest, serves as a recent and relevant example of the importance of international cooperation.
Unity is most realized through collective action to address national, regional, and international challenges. That is what I am calling upon our esteemed delegates to accomplish this year. The art of diplomacy is the art of possibilities and opportunities to address new challenges in a constructive manner that moves individual and global communities forward. We cannot, however, just address immediate, short-term national interests, but long-term, common interests for the betterment of the international community. While we live in uncertain times, our historical experience shows us that going backwards is not the answer, but instead to trailblaze a new path through the terra incognita of our future.
On behalf of the SRMUN Charlotte staff and Board of Directors, we look forward to spending the upcoming months working together to deliver a great conference for our delegates and our schools. I believe that conferences like SRMUN will create and shape the future leaders of tomorrow and invite you to be part of these conversations. The challenges we face in this changing world are large and solutions seem distant. As we move forward, I am excited to see the discussion, debates, and consensus solutions that you bring to the table. The future of our global community requires it.
SRMUN Charlotte 2021