Montréal Hosts the 2017 Harvard World Model United Nations
The Harvard World Model United Nations (WorldMUN) is the world’s largest collegiate-level Model UN conference, each year traversing the globe to a different host city. This March 13 to 17, over 2,250 international college students from 115 countries are headed to the 2017 edition in Montréal.
Over the conference’s five days, these student delegates will tackle global developments and future challenges in a series of workshops and simulated UN sessions. For this, WorldMUN’s 26th year, Montréal joins a list of host cities including Taipei (Taiwan), Rome (Italy), Singapore, The Hague (Netherlands), Belo Horizonte (Brazil), and Sharm el-Sheikh (Egypt). Future world leaders unite!
A CITY OF NATIONS
2017 marks the 50th anniversary of Expo 67, Montréal’s debutante entrance onto the world stage. In the years since, the city has claimed its place as an important international meeting point, perfectly suited to play host to WorldMUN. But let’s let the numbers speak for themselves.
- Alongside Washington, D.C. and New York City, Montréal is one of North America’s three official UN cities.
- Montréal is home to 85 consulates, the second-highest number in North America.
- Over 60% of the local population is bilingual, while 20% speak three languages. In total, over 100 languages are spoken in Montréal.
- Of the city’s 170,000 university students, over 20,000 come from other countries. The city is home to four major universities including McGill University, ranked as the best in Canada and 30th
- Montréal was named the best city in the world for students in 2017.
- Montréal ranks first in North America for number of international association conferences hosted.
AFTER THE DEBATES
When the day’s programs are done and the world’s problems are put to bed for the night, these 2,250 students are going to need some entertaining. WorldMUN organizers have compiled a social calendar focused on truly local experiences and venues that only Montréal can offer.
To get them off on the right foot, attendees will be given a personalized overview of Montréal via a trio of specially-curated tours. The Classic City Tour covers the beloved basics, while Bar Hopping in Old Montréal and the Sugar Shack Experience give a closer look at la vie Montréalaise.
Every evening after the sun sets over Mount Royal, the networking and socializing continues on the dance floor. The Space Jam opening party takes over the Montreal Science Centre. Unity hosts a vogue ball celebrating Montréal’s historical gay village while the Roaring Twenties Cabaret turns back the clock at the Olympia de Montréal. The 80s-themed Après-Ski Rave at Métropolis and closing Disco Party at New City Gas prove the adage that everything’s cyclical while showing off two of the city’s biggest and best venues.
Conference: Harvard World Model United Nations (WorldMUN)
Dates: March 13-17, 2017
Participants: 2,250 college students from over 115 countries
Primary Venue: Palais des congrès de Montréal
Evening Social Events: Six, hosted throughout Montréal