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GP sent a delegation of six (6) students from the International Relations Club to the Ivy League Model United Nations (ILMUNC) Conference in Philadelphia, PA sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania. ILMUNC's theme was "Building Bridges, Not Walls" and featured teams from all over the nation and as far away as Brazil and China. These budding diplomats debated some of the world's most pressing issues and honed their skills, knowledge and understanding of international affairs necessary to become effective leaders and advocates for positive change. 

Jack Sullivan '24 and Ethan Ristu '24 represented Australia on the Committee of Disarmament and International Security (DISEC) focusing on the issue of aerial policing. 

Matias Beariault '25 and Jason Oh '25 represented South Sudan with the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) focusing on the future of petroleum in light of sustainable energy.

Joseph Yung '25 and Peter Lin '26 represented China on the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP) focusing on food and textile waste as well as low emissions vehicle accessibility. 

"I had a great time at ILMUNC -  It was by far the largest conference I had ever gone to, and it was surreal knowing that I was debating alongside at least a thousand other students. Representing South Sudan in OPEC (the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) gave me unique insights into how our dependence on fossil fuels can hinder progress towards mitigating climate change." - Jason Oh '25

"The three-day trip to Philadelphia was an unforgettable experience. Through ILMUNC, not only did I hone my public speaking skills and expand my knowledge about current world issues, but I also forged priceless friendships with students all over the states." It was all fascinating: the people, the history, the culture, and the Philly cheesesteak." - Joseph Yung '25

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Conference Date: January 25-28, 2024