Welcome to PhilMUN 2019!

Dear delegates, advisors, staff, and other guests,

On behalf of the Institute for Domestic and International Affairs, it is my profound honour to welcome you to Philadelphia Model United Nations 2019. This year, PhilMUN will be held from February 28th to March 3rd at the Wyndham Hotel in Philadelphia’s historic district.

PhilMUN has always been a rich learning environment where students can go to broaden their perspective and learn about the world, and PhilMUN 2019 will be no exception. Throughout the four days, we aim to immerse delegates in a learning experience that will have them discussing and formulating approaches to global issues in an effort to hone their analytical capacities and their problem-solving skills. Along with the Secretariat, we are extremely proud of our thirteen directors, who have worked tirelessly over the past year to research and design unique and engaging committees for the students.

The theme for PhilMUN 2019 is “Crucible of Nations.” A crucible is defined as “a situation of severe trial, or in which different elements interact, leading to the creation of something new.” Every day, people all over the world face their own crucibles, some of them smaller in nature, and some of them affecting entire nations. Whereas states are held together by laws and political institutions, nations are formed from everyday interactions:  the interactions between families and friends, people who share cultures, languages, and religions, and form a unique bond through these social institutions. When faced with these crucibles, nations have historically made decisions which have affected the destiny of human civilization, and PhilMUN 2019 will be dedicated to analyzing these decisions and the crucibles that incur them.

The region that we will focus on with this theme is Eastern Europe. Stretching from the islands of Greece in the west to the shores of the Caspian in the East, this region has played a critical role in world history, housing some of the most powerful and influential civilizations in world history. The region boasts a unique linguistic and cultural diversity – there are seven language families in the Caucasus alone – and as such, nations and nationalism have been a critical part of its history. During PhilMUN 2019, we hope to bring committees and topics that showcase the rich history of the region and the wide range of political dilemmas that it faces today.

No matter your background or your experience in Model UN, I hope you will be able to find something for you in PhilMUN 2019. Learning about global issues is important for everyone, not just those who want a career in diplomacy and politics. There is nothing quite like being able to connect and engage with issues that are important to other people, even if they live halfway around the world; it makes one a kinder and more mature person. I have learned that Model UN is a perfect way to engage young people in issues completely outside of the scope of their experiences, and that is something we hope to foster in PhilMUN 2019. I truly hope you take this conference for what it is: an opportunity to learn about the world, but also an opportunity to reflect on how we engage with each other and find what we share as human beings, no matter which country we live in.

Pre-registration for PhilMUN 2019 has begun, so we encourage you to start preparing now. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to send me an email at carlos.hurtadoesteve@idia.net. If you are new to PhilMUN or Model United Nations in general, our staff is more than happy to schedule school outreaches. February cannot come soon enough for us, and we’re excited to see you all at PhilMUN 2019.


Carlos Hurtado-Esteve


Philadelphia Model United Nations 2019