Statement of Purpose

"The Model United Nations program in Beijing is an extension of The Hague International Model United Nations (THIMUN). As an affiliate, BEIMUN seeks to reflect the ideas and principles of a peaceful post Cold War world. The Coordinators of the program believe that this world order more accurately reflects the original motives of the authors of the 1945 San Francisco Charter than events following the Potsdam Conference of the same year. It is our hope that BEIMUN will continue to act as another regional center of THIMUN conference affiliates helping to revitalize the original ideals of the United Nations.

Current events confirm that the attitudes and voting patterns of the United Nations members are changing. Hence, at BEIMUN, the diplomat of any member state, no matter how large or small, rich or poor, who exercises independence of character and a critical mind, can truly serve his nation honorably in a great experiment in world community. The individual delegate's efforts at communication and behavior will be the most important factors in the drive for a better world and a quality MUN conference. Any delegate who sits idly by weakens his/her own nation's significance in this simulation and therefore the forum as well.

MUN teachers have the daunting instructional task of destroying stereotypes to free students to think and communicate both as delegates and diplomats of a world community. Those with so called non-essential countries, and those with spotlighted countries have equally difficult tasks. Some of you, who view the conference and events on the world stage, think they know the correct position of the spotlighted countries, and that the other countries have little or nothing to contribute. The history of the United Nations in the 1980's, points to the folly of such thinking. This attitude must be overcome if schools are to contribute to establishing the best precedents for future world citizens.

We ask for your understanding, cooperation, and quality work in preparation and participation in order to uphold the principles described above. Victory belongs to all of the delegates at the conference who negotiate the best solutions possible to the most complex issues of this new era in which we live. I do believe that the day is coming when THIMUN and their affiliates become the voice of the youth of this planet and that you, BEIMUN delegates, will have the opportunity to contribute to the shaping of our world."

-Irwin Stein, Founder of BEIMUN, January 1993.

"The Beijing Model United Nations Youth (BEIMUN-Y) Conference at the International School of Beijing (ISB) serves as an extension of the BEIMUN Program, an affiliate of The Hague Model United Nations (THIMUN). The youth conference aims to provide the prestige, professionalism, memories, and educational opportunities of High School MUN conferences within a day to the Middle School population in preparation for other local MUN conferences.

The organizers of BEIMUN-Y must constantly act in reflection of the mission of the MUN Program at ISB: to promote universal awareness on the discussion of global issues and to instill leadership, critical thinking and a life-long passion for the betterment of our society in today’s population. It is our sincerest hope that BEIMUN-Y will act as an epicenter for intellectual, diplomatic, and memorable discussions so as to regenerate youth’s passion for the ideals of the United Nations.

Students are the most important participants of BEIMUN-Y. No matter how large or small, rich or poor, every country being represented by a diplomat must be able to actively contribute in this honorable simulation of a united world community. The quality and effort of contribution exhibited by delegates will be determinants for a better world and an effective MUN conference. Student officers, alike, must demonstrate exemplary standards of universal decorum, modest leadership, evaluative thinking, and sincere respect for all MUN participants.

MUN instructors take on the duty of stimulating, unfettering, or nurturing the intellectual capacity of students to think critically, write concisely, listen effectively, and speak eloquently. Some instructors and participants view MUN as a hierarchy, categorizing countries based on socioeconomic prominence and limiting students the diverse opportunities of the MUN experience based on arbitrary rankings of “skill” and “experience”. The fundamental ideals and history of the United Nations underscore the deficiencies of such notions.

On behalf of the organizers of this annual youth conference, I sincerely ask for commitment and passion toward producing quality work in preparation for and participation during BEIMUN-Y and to adhere to the standards elaborated above. A delegate’s “success" in BEIMUN-Y can be measured by his or her ability to craft innovative solutions for the most convoluted issues of our new world. We look forward to the day when the voices of BEIMUN- Y delegates become universally audible among powerful movements that shape our world."

-Yoonho Cha, Founding Secretary General of BEIMUN-Y, October 2017.

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