The Secretary General's Welcome Message

Dear Participants,

It is my utmost pleasure and honour to welcome all of you to the ninth annual session of Budapest International Model United Nations, as the Secretary-General of the conference.

BIMUN has come a long way since the first time it was organised in 2011. The world around us is altering and developing at a faster rate than ever before, and every year we have to adapt to new circumstances and address recently arisen issues. The conference has gone through numerous changes, with many new members becoming a part of the Organiser Team every year. However, some things have always been common between the students, who have dedicated much of their time to make such an event possible: an undying enthusiasm for the values that BIMUN represents, as well as an incomparable work-ethic, combined with the urge to forever improve and evolve. With continuous support from our school, my goal with this year’s organisers is to continue what our predecessors have started and create an event that provides everything that previous sessions have, and more.

Every year, hundreds of highly intelligent and talented students arrive in Budapest in order to participate in BIMUN. Together, we engage in fierce debates about some of the most pressing issues of our time, as well as socialise and create invaluable friendships. But we have to remember that such an opportunity is in many ways a privilege. Millions of teenagers around the world do not have the financial background, the level of education, or even the liberty to attend such an event. The world is certainly developing incredibly quickly, but we have to ask the question: do the innovations and changes benefit everyone, or only a chosen few?

We cannot claim to be responsible and intellectual global citizens if we ever forget about those who are less fortunate compared to us. That is why the main theme of BIMUN 2019 is going to be reducing and ultimately eliminating inequalities which tear our societies apart, and are the cause of many of the biggest problems humanity is facing today. Equal opportunities - shared responsibilities should be the words that you keep in mind during every moment of the conference. It is never too early to start looking beyond our own selfishness and attempt to create a better world not only for ourselves but for everyone.

Therefore, I invite you all, with humbled excitement, to the 2019 session of Budapest International Model United Nations. Come, and be a part of a project which reaches beyond the interests of its participants.

Yours sincerely,

Benjámin Bodansky