Dear Delegates and Special Guests,
We are especially excited to welcome you to our campus this year for the twentieth anniversary TAIMUN conference. As a relative newcomer, who has been to just one TAIMUN, it is hard for me to imagine this complex, student-run, operation occurring every year for twenty years. After all, all of the students who will be attending and leading the conference were not even born when TAIMUN began.
Today, TAIMUN is part of a larger, remarkable ecosystem of Taiwan-based Model UN conferences. What an incredible network of youth diplomats we have in Taiwan. We thank you in advance for honoring us with your presence at this special mile-marker event.
“Investing in the Future: Realizing Our Hopes” is our TAIMUN XX theme. While we celebrate the history of TAIMUN this school year, we aren’t just focused on the past. The United Nations is about building a brighter future for all people. As MUN-ers, you are global citizens who study global issues in order to be effective problem solvers and peacemakers. When we see so many challenges and so much suffering in our world, the news does not always inspire hope. However, our charge to you is to not succumb to pessimism and cynicism, dead-end attitudes that create self-fulfilling prophecies.
The future belongs to you and it has not been written. You hold the pen. We encourage you to embrace optimism, to use your skills, and to collaborate with other young diplomats to devise creative solutions to the world’s most pressing issues. Be hopeful, be engaged, be persistent, and be patient so we can realize our hopes for a brighter world that is sustainable and humane for all.
AST MUN Director
Honorable Secretariat, Chairs, Delegates,
My name is Felipe Dombkowski, a Senior at the American School in Taichung and it is my honor to serve as the Secretary-General for TAIMUN XX. Twenty years ago, with guidance from Mr. Stein, a group of ambitious students at my school established the very first Model United Nations conference in Taiwan. Every year since then, AST students have worked tirelessly to put on successful conferences that have served as a platform for the youth of Taiwan and Asia to discuss serious global issues through diverse lenses and various stances. It is an absolute honor to continue this legacy, especially on our conference’s twentieth anniversary
This year, our theme for TAIMUN XX, “Investing in the Future: Realizing Our Hopes” aims to inspire participants to formulate viable solutions that ensure longevity. In regards to many issues such as climate change, global poverty, political corruption, or COVID-19 it is essential that solutions are not only effective, but they must also be sustainable and all-encompassing to promote a bright future.
Current world leaders are not satisfying our needs. The lack of progress in policy change and reluctance to invest in viable, long-term solutions could be detrimental to our futures. We, as the next generation that will lead our world, need to unite our voices to inspire change in policies to realize our hopes.
As I move to my closing remarks, I hope that through this conference you will all be able to amplify your exigencies, meet new people, improve your oration skills, and have a very memorable experience.
Should you have any questions or concerns regarding TAIMUN XX in the following months, do not hesitate to contact me. I am more than happy to ensure we are all prepared for April, and I hope to see you all then!
Taiwan Model United Nations, 20th Session
Welcome to the twentieth session of TAIMUN! My name is Kitty Tseng, a senior at Hsinchu County American School, and it is my utmost honor to serve as one of the Deputy Secretary-Generals here at TAIMUN XX. Since eighth grade, I’ve attended eighteen conferences while growing to cherish the new opportunities MUN brings to the table—embracing the art of lobbying, viewing global issues through international lenses, meeting people from all around the world, and having lots and lots of fun!
This year, our theme “Investing In Our Future: Realising Our Hopes” is ever-so-pertinent to our world today. From persisting disparities in education, to the accelerating climate crises, to the unsustainability of industrial sectors—our challenges today invite us, the MUN community, to lead the change in molding our looming future. I challenge you all to leave your committees with a heightened sense of how you can invest in our future, be it dedicating your time, energy, money, or efforts.
Besides MUN, I enjoy binge-watching sitcoms, babysitting toddlers, and brunching with friends. I'm at your disposal if you have any interesting ideas, questions, or experiences to share. See you soon!
Honorable chairs, fellow delegates, most esteemed guests, and distinguished directors,
My name is Anita Tsai and I am a rising junior at Taipei American School. It is my utmost honor to serve as the Deputy Secretary General for TAIMUN XX. My MUN journey traces back to a time when I was a quiet and shy sixth grader who trembled whenever I was near a podium. However, after participating in over fifteen MUN conferences as a delegate, chair, and deputy secretary general, I have gained the confidence and other skills necessary to articulate my ideas. MUN has not only sharpened my research and public speaking skills but this program has also cultivated my interest to take part in global issues as an active citizen which ultimately empowers my voice to contribute to creating a better tomorrow. MUN is a privilege given to youth to understand current issues, create solutions, and collaborate with one another. MUN constantly reminds us that there is always more and new information to be learned and that the quest for knowledge and understanding never ends. Following this year’s TAIMUN XX theme “Investing in the Future: Realizing our Hopes” I hope that delegates will be able to utilize the opportunity TAIMUN XX provides to reflect upon the past year and work together to consider the changes, hope, and reconstruction that is needed to rebuild our society. On that note, welcome to TAIMUN XX; I cannot wait to meet everyone.
Deputy Secretary-General of TAIMUN XX
Deputy Secretary General
Welcome to the 20th TAIMUN meeting held by American School in Taichung! I am Ian Hsu, a junior at AST. I am honored to serve as the Parliamentarian of TAIMUN this year!
I will be in charge of the approval panel and help answer any questions that you guys might have in rules and procedures for MUN. Please don’t hesitate to ask me any questions at any time!
This is my third year participating in TAIMUN. I am flattered and excited to be the first Parliamentarian in TAIMUN history! I am really thankful that I have my Secretary-General, Felipe Dombkowski, help and lead me through the process of preparation for this position. I will try to do my best to bring you guys an amazing experience in TAIMUN 2022!