April 15 - 16, 2023
Honorable Directors, Student Officers, Delegates, Admin, and Most Esteemed Guests,
As Secretaries-General of TASMUN XIV, we are honored to welcome you all to the 14th annual Taipei American School Model United Nations (TASMUN) conference in Taipei, Taiwan.
From beginning our MUN journeys as pages and press team members to attending our first conference together in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, we have had the honor of being in the TAS MUN program that has allowed us to develop our passion for international relations. Despite attending various memorable conferences around the globe, our connection to TASMUN truly triumphs over any other conference. Over the years, TASMUN has been executed uniquely by distinct Secretariat teams. Yet one thing remained the same. The annual TASMUN conference brought together middle and high school students, both locally and internationally, highlighting MUN’s exceptional mentoring culture. Having grown up through TASMUN, we are incredibly grateful to have the opportunity to contribute back to where it all started. We hope to encourage young delegates to pay it forward and to give back to the program what they learn from it.
As we aim to incorporate the insights we’ve gained from conferences across the world, this year’s conference will feature 21 committees with procedures including THIMUN, UN4MUN, UNA-USA (Modern & Historical Crisis), and ICJ. We looked to add these exciting opportunities at TASMUN with the goal of fostering young leaders that have a thirst for creating positive change in the world. While you are debating as representatives of countries at TASMUN, we wanted to emphasize that you do not have to wait long to create positive change.
That is why we have chosen "Unity and Diversity: One Step at a Time" as our conference theme, with "Be the change you want to see in the world" as an accompanying quote. We look to further this message with our conference’s SDG impact activity and fundraiser. Giving food to 21 families might seem marginal to the 828 million people facing hunger globally. Donating your allowance to Ukraine might seem marginal to the estimated 13.5 million people displaced by the conflict. But it’s important to remember that, one step at a time, we can all begin to have our individual impact on the world, no matter how big modern issues are. We hope this conference inspires and reminds you to be the change you want to see in the world.
This conference would not be possible without the help of the TASMUN community. We would like to thank our faculty directors for their immense support in organizing all logistics throughout the past six months. We would also like to thank our DSGs, delegates, press team, and pages. This event was turned into reality by their immeasurable dedication and passion. Thank you and we look forward to seeing everyone at the conference!
Erik Hsu and Sophie Wong
Letter from the Secretaries-General