LETTERS OF SUPPORT
Government Of Canada
Prime Minister of Canada: Justin Trudeau
It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to Harvard World Model United Nations 2017, hosted in Montréal, Québec.
Since its establishment in 1992, WorldMUN has empowered thousands of students from every corner of the map to showcase their immense talent and engage in dynamic debate. These diverse gatherings bring together an incredible group of young leaders, dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge and positive global change. On behalf of the Government of Canada, I am honoured and thrilled that Montréal is this year’s WorldMUN host.
In March 2017, students from more than 115 countries – who span humanity’s linguistic and cultural diversity – come together to address some of our greatest challenges. I believe that youth are not the leaders of tomorrow, they are the leaders of today, and the actions taken now can have a significant and lasting compact on the world around us. I am confident that the friends and experiences you make here will remain with you for a lifetime, and I hope that you are all inspired by each other to continue transforming our world into a better place for everyone.
Thank you to the dedicated organizers of this amazing event and to all of you who are in attendance as a delegate. Please accept my warmest welcome and best wishes for a successful conference.
Government of Québec
Premier of Québec: Philippe Couillard
I would like to extend a warm welcome to all of the young people gathered in Montréal for Harvard WorldMUN 2017. As Premier of Québec and responsible for youth-related questions, I am proud and delighted to see these fine young people come to Québec to discuss and fraternize.
The event is all the more significant since 2017 marks the 375th anniversary of the foundation of Montréal, which, among other things, has the honour of being selected to host this importance conference that has been held all over the world for more than 25 years. Welcoming young people from more than 115 countries to discuss the questions that affect them and proudly display their cultural differences is also a striking way to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canada, an inclusive, diverse country.
I would like to congratulate the organizing committee for its efforts devoted to this unifying event, which will enable thousands of young people to engage in an unforgettable experience, see the world from a new perspective and, perhaps, establish new, life-long friendships. It is through such initiatives that we can hope for peace and prosperity for the current and future generations.
Best wishes to all of the young diplomats and many fruitful discussions.
City of Montréal
Mayor of Montréal: Denis Coderre
I extend the warmest of welcomes to all participants in Harvard WorldMUN 2017. Montréal is pleased and proud to be hosting this Model United Nations Assembly, which will bring together university students from all over the world to discuss different global issues and challenges as well as stimulate co-operation and exchanges between various cultures.
Montréal has long been a “UN city,” with an acknowledged international status thanks to the presence here of several global organizations including the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS), the Secretariat of the Convention of Biological Diversity (SCBD), and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), along with some 80 consular missions.
As a dynamic cultural metropolis, an inclusive, pluralist city that is open to the world, we are a natural choice to host this summit in 2017, the year in which we also celebrate the 375th anniversary of Montréal’s founding.
Cities have become key players in tackling the global and local challenges that we all face. This event is perfectly in keeping with our vision, which aims at strengthening co-operation and dialogue to find solutions to the world’s problems.
I wish you all an excellent assembly full of enriching exchanges, and a most pleasant stay in Montréal.