SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION
Delegates of the Sustainable Development Committee,
I am extremely excited to welcome you to the 19th annual AMMUN conference. My name is Raad Al Alami and I’ll be your president throughout this year’s AMMUN conference. This committee was created with the goal of achieving the 13 Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations General Assembly, these goals were created to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. If reached by all countries, these goals will address many of the global challenges that humans around the globe face. However, as time progresses, it seems that many countries are straying farther and farther from reaching these goals and are doing the opposite. Poverty around the world is increasing, decent work and economic growth is harder to find, inequality seems to be unchanging and peace, prosperity and justice seem to be moving away from us rather than closer. Misinformation is also a very big problem that is plaguing the world, many civilians and government officials alike are not informed of these issues, their causes and their affects. This coupled with the fact that many powers around the world are not doing anything to stop this change for the worse and are instead encouraging it makes the Sustainable Development Committee an extremely important committee that needs to be utilized in order to make a change for the better. Participating in this MUN conference will not only help you in gaining many skills, like critical thinking, public speaking, persuasion, and many more, but will also help you get informed about various issues plaguing the world today and stopping us from achieving a sustainable future. A sustainable future also requires all of us to overcome our differences and promote equality for all, which is why this year’s AMMUN theme is ‘bridging the divide’. The topics being discussed this year are the question of the implementation of Artificial Intelligence alongside weaponry on the battlefield, the issue of promoting sustainable urban development to meet the challenge of rapidly growing cities, and the question of implementing measures to avoid waste on both land and sea, which are all issues that are extremely relevant now, in 2020, as they are all issues that can challenge the sustainable future that the SDG’s strive for. Through this conference, I hope that we can all band together as a committee and put aside our differences to find effective solutions to these issues. Many around the world are banding together, putting aside their differences and trying to find solutions together to bridge the divide and reach a sustainable and better future for all, and you, delegates, should do the same. I’m looking forward to meeting and working with you all.
Raad Al Alami
President of the Sustainable Development Committee