Letter from the Chair
Welcome to the 47th annual Houston Area Model United Nations Conference! Through the two days of committee, all of you will have the opportunity to leverage diplomacy and debate to approach the most pressing issues that the world collectively faces today.
My name is Ayush Suresh, and I’m a high school graduate from Houston, TX. I have the great privilege of serving as the chair for the UN Security Council (UNSC). I’m currently on a gap year after finishing high school last year, and I’m looking to study Computer Science in college with interests in medicine and political science.
MUN has been an important part of my life since joining high school. MUN introduced me to many of the dynamics that govern global geopolitics and has given me an understanding of the importance of crafting pragmatic and implementable policy for solving major issues. I certainly credit my experience in MUN for convincing me to apply for and eventually participate in the U.S. Department of State Kennedy-Lugar YES Abroad Program, through which I lived in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina for a school year with a local host family. I’ve attended several conferences as a delegate, including HAMUN in 2019 and 2021 as well as the 2019 World MUN in Sarajevo. This will be the first conference I am chairing in, and I’m really excited to see the hard work that you delegates put in!
The UN Security Council deals with the steep challenges that come with “ensuring international peace and security,” and this certainly remains the case for this conference. We will be dealing with the following topical issues: Managing the Cross-Strait Relationship between China and Taiwan and Upheaval in Haiti. These topics are ongoing and rapidly changing issues, and as such, it is your prerogative as delegates to monitor these situations and factor changing circumstances into your policy suggestions in committee.
I welcome you to research your countries’ prior positions on not just these topics but also on other related issues in order to develop a more realistic response to the stimuli, and I strongly suggest that you expand your research outside of the confines of the provided background guide. I hope you are as excited as I am to hear your different ideas come together to craft effective policy, and I’m confident that you will come to enjoy this conference as much as I have. Please let me know if you have any questions or comments at all!
Chair of UN Security Council, HAMUN 47
- Upheaval in Haiti
- Cross Strait Tensions