Dear Advisors and Delegates,

We are delighted to invite you to join us for a weekend on College Hill for the Twentieth Annual Session of the Brown University Simulation of the United Nations, taking place on November 11th-13th, 2016.

BUSUN has always strived to introduce delegates to interesting and pertinent matters through carefully selected committee topics aimed to engage participates in collaborative discussions and constructive debates. This year, we will continue to do so to the very best of our ability with small committee sizes and a variegated range of committee topics. On top of the traditional General Assembly committees, BUSUN XX will be offering Specialized and Historical Committees ranging from the Argentinian Congress (2016) to the Turkish Cabinet (1908) to the Brazilian Military Council (1970s). Furthermore, there will be a six-committee joint crisis addressing the world’s first cyber crisis as well as a number of smaller crisis committees. We sincerely hope that in these committees, delegates will be able find stimulating debate and be intellectually challenged and rewarded.

It has always been a part of BUSUN’s ideology for delegates to work together in a collaborative environment that allows every participant to take something valuable away from the conference. BUSUN XX, like all the BUSUN conferences preceding it, endeavors to provide delegates with an opportunity to learn from each other and grow as critical thinkers and public speakers. We hope to offer an encouraging and supportive platform where delegates may learn to collaborate more effectively and communicate more deeply with their fellow delegates, and in turn find more confidence in themselves. Bearing in mind the global events that has taken place in recent months, the Secretariat has decided to have this year’s BUSUN themed “Footprints on Foreign Shores”, and hope the delegates will have the opportunity to explore concepts of a global population in flux, of displacement and assimilation, of departures and arrivals, of new homes and new lives, as they engage with this very real global crisis. We sincerely wish for delegates to be conscientious and nuanced in their engagement with these serious and impactful issues, and to realize the implications of the many attitudes held towards these matters. As in past years, BUSUN XX will be run by staff members who are Brown University undergraduates with a wide range of academic backgrounds, from STEM fields to the social sciences to the humanities and the arts. We hope you are as excited as we are to see what all of these students have to bring to the table. One thing they all have in common is their commitment to help the attending delegates engage actively with the committee topics and walk away from the conference having gained something valuable, whether it be intellectual, personal, or both.

Once again, the entire BUSUN XX Secretariat would like to extend the warmest wish for you to join us at Brown University this coming November for another great conference and in celebration of BUSUN’s twentieth birthday. Should you have any concerns or enquiries in the upcoming months, please do not hesitate to reach out to, upon which our Director of External Affairs will attend to your questions.


Luke Camery & Lily Zhao