Welcome from our Charlotte 2015 Secretary-General:

Punit Patel - Secretary-General - SRMUN Charlotte 2015

Placards Dear Delegates, Faculty Advisors, and Future Participants of SRMUN,

It is my honor to welcome you all to SRMUN Charlotte 2015. The SRMUN brand has existed for 25 years and as we celebrate our silver anniversary, we are excited for the upcoming conference held at the Omni Hotel in Charlotte, North Carolina from April 9 - 11, 2015. Over the years, SRMUN has created a stage for colleges and universities from all over to meet and debate pressing matters in regards to international relations and global issues.

For the institutions that will be joining us for the first time, I encourage you all to explore our website to get familiar with our venue and the conference; for those returning back to SRMUN Charlotte 2015, we are thrilled to provide you all with some new and exciting committees for this year's conference. In addition to committee information, you will also find resources that you all may use in your preparation for SRMUN Charlotte 2015, including this year's country matrix, and fees associated with the conference. Registration for SRMUN Charlotte 2015 will open up on October 1, 2014. Please remember to register early, as Member States are assigned on a first-come first-serve basis.

It is also my pleasure to announce the theme for SRMUN Charlotte 2015:

"Preserving Fundamental Human Rights: Our Responsibility to Protect"

In an attempt to respond to the aftermath of the catastrophes which occurred in the early 1990s in Rwanda and the Balkans, then Secretary-General Kofi Annan, supported the creation of a plan that would allow the international community to respond to the human rights violations which occurred within these regions. In the 2000 Millennium Report, Annan posed a question to the international community which addressed a valid concern: how can we, as an international community, determine an appropriate time to intervene in Human Rights violations without violating the sovereignty of an accused Member State. Over a decade later, the question still remains and many are still without basic human necessities. In the words of former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson:

"We must understand the role of human rights as empowering of individuals and communities. By protecting these rights, we can help prevent the many conflicts based on poverty, discrimination and exclusion (social, economic and political) that continue to plague humanity and destroy decades of development efforts. The vicious circle of human rights violations that lead to conflicts-which in turn lead to more violations-must be broken. I believe we can break it only by ensuring respect for all human rights."

During your preparation for the upcoming conference, should you have any questions in regards to registration, please do not hesitate to contact me. Please remember to follow SRMUN on Facebook (www.srmun.org/facebook) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/srmun) for updates and information. I wish you all the best in your preparation for SRMUN 2015 and look forward to seeing you all in Charlotte, North Carolina!


Punit Patel
SRMUN Charlotte 2015

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