Climate crises: turning the tide towards a sustainable future 

The theme of HMUN 2020 is “Climate crises: turning the tide towards a sustainable future”. The focus of the conference will be on transforming our society into a sustainable one, which will put an end to the harm currently being inflicted on our planet, providing us with better chances for the future. A sustainable society is one that meets the current and future basic needs of its people in a just and righteous manner, without compromising the ability of future generations to do so as well.  

The major industrial growth, which started in the late eighteenth century, resulted in countless new possibilities and caused the world to develop at an unbelievably fast pace. It was only halfway the twentieth century that scientists found out about the consequences of this growth regarding the environment and, more alarming, the impact it would have on our future. Still, it wasn’t until 2015 that this subject reached the bigger audience, a year before the Paris Agreement was signed. Since then, climate change has become an inescapable topic in the media.  

Now, it’s been years, and still many governments refuse to take action, or only implement measures that are simply not drastic enough to change the course our environment is on. The main reason for this being the economic losses these changes would come with. Developing countries might be disadvantaged because of all the resources that would have to go into these changes, entire industries might be decimated and many people will have to change the way they provide for themselves. 

During the 23rd annual session of HMUN, the focus will lie upon finding solutions for these problems, and finding ways to make these changes profitable for everyone. Since you have to be the change you wish to see in the world, we have made some changes to HMUN this year, to make it eco-friendlier. For example, the lunch will not contain any meat, and we will minimise the use of paper and plastic. Moreover, the official HMUN App is in the making, on which you will be able to find information about the theme, guest-speakers, practical information about the conference and the research reports.  

Temperatures are rising. Biodiversity is going down. Resources are running out. And it’s time to do something about it. Let’s create a brighter future for ourselves and the generations to come.