The 14th UNC Model United Nations Conference— known as UNCMUNC XIV— is being held from Nov. 16 through Nov. 19 on campus. The event brings together more than 430 students from 35 colleges and universities across two countries and 17 states.
The conference is a four-day intensive period of debate, philanthropy and social events, according to UNC sophomore Adolfo Alvarez, the secretary-general for UNCMUNC XIV. He took on his role in December of last year and said he has been to over 40 Model U.N. conferences in eight years.
“I can’t tell you a day since July that I haven’t had to do conference-related stuff, because it’s a huge project,” he said.
The overarching theme for the event is “a call for action in uncertain times.” Aidan Lynch, a UNC senior and director-general of the conference, said that this statement encapsulates the world that his generation is growing up in.
The conference will include a variety of crisis committees with topics including women’s empowerment, artificial intelligence advancement and college admissions scandals. Alvarez said this year's event will also have the first-ever Dynamic Crisis Committee, allowing students to play multiple roles using a whiteboard placard — usually a participant only fulfills a single role.
“For example, you could be Guatemala, Apple and Amazon,” he said.
The conference booked about 53 rooms across campus, including the entire Student Union. Alvarez said four teams will receive awards at the end of the conference, based on points awarded to delegates throughout the events and the size of the teams.
He also said this is the first year that the conference has put a main focus on a philanthropic element. Through the EarthMUNC project, the conference will collaborate with Transplanting Traditions Community Farm, a farm for Burmese refugees located about 10 minutes from UNC.
Candice Guo, a sophomore and director of public relations for UNCMUNC XIV, said she connected the conference to the farm after volunteering there.