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Letter from the Secretary-General

Dear MUN participants and esteemed directors, 

It is my great honor to welcome you to the seventh annual Hayah International Academy Model United Nations conference. HIAMUN has witnessed exponential growth since its instigation in 2010. It is now a THIMUN - affiliated conference hosting over 300 delegates from various international schools in Cairo. 

This year, the theme of our conference is Kaleidoscopic which revolves around how small changes can give a new picture and how the image is not always the same as reality. It also considers how different perspectives and small changes can work together to make something new and beautiful.

In a world nowadays where we are constantly facing threats to global peace and security, with lives being lost day after day and with countries suffering from countless intractable conflicts, it is our responsibility as citizens of this world to start thinking of solutions to global issues from different perspectives, start taking action and begin creating real change. We often underestimate the power of the minor changes that we are able to make. Nevertheless, we should be aware of the fact that small changes in the end could kaleidoscopically change the world we are living in today into a more prosperous and secure world. 

This year’s Security Council is discussing the issue of Yemen, an ongoing issue since 2011 that we need to collaboratively bring to a halt. With the unrest existing in the Middle East due to the sectarian violence that is making the situation in the region more critical, the Special Regional Committee on Middle East and North Africa (SRCMENA) is seeking to find measures to reduce the sectarian violence. Our newly introduced United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is addressing the issue of human trafficking; an issue that the whole world is suffering from for long enough, hence it is about time to put an end to it. 

HIAMUN is giving us an opportunity this year to discuss such topics along with other significant topics in 9 different forums. It is a chance for us to start looking into the issues from various perspectives and start shifting our paradigms in order to reach together the change we wish to see in ourselves and in our world.  

Best Regards, 

Salma Ismail

Secretary-General of HIAMUN 2017