WHAT IS PEAMUN?
PEAMUN XV marks 15 years since Phillips Exeter Academy first hosted its flagship Model UN conference. This year, we are continuing our landmark return of the beloved in-person conference format of the past, offering a bigger range of committee choices from our past conferences. Recognizing that cost may be a preventing barrier, we are determined to work with you to make our conference available. The conference will be held on Sunday, November 5th, and will welcome delegates from across the United States and beyond.
WHO ARE WE?
PEAMUN is a Model United Nations conference developed and run by students at Phillips Exeter Academy.
PEAMUN is for delegates of all skill levels, both novice and experienced delegates alike. PEAMUN XIV marked a landmark post-pandemic return to an in-person debate format and drew over 300 delegates to our New Hampshire campus. Our staff are dedicated Phillips Exeter students who each year volunteer their time and effort to become trained staff members and chairs, proficient in a world issue/topic that they are passionate about. Courtesy of them, we are able to offer a variety of topics throughout our General-Assembly, Specialized, and Crisis committees. Our conference promises a fun, engaging, and educational Model UN experience that is sure to provide delegates with the skills to become a confident public speaker, debater, and a global leader alike.
PEAMUN this year has 11 committee offerings, all staffed by our amazing student chairs and secretariat members. Our committees are a balance of pressing global and historical issues and fun fictional worlds; you are sure to have a fun day of debate regardless of committee.
In preparation for the excitement of PEAMUN, we've compiled some potentially useful resources to help you develop your Model UN skills, speaking ability and diplomatic acumen. We also use them to help our delegates prepare for conferences. Feel free to peruse them here.
Keynote speaker: Mr. Jorge Ryder Torres-Perreira
PEAMUN XV’s keynote speech features Mr. Jorge Ryder Torres-Perreira, currently based in Dubai as the Head of Business Development of the KOUROS Investment Platform for Clean Energy for the MENA region.
A former diplomat, he has served as the First and Second Secretary in the Embassy of Portugal in London, the Consul-General in Madrid from 2004-2007, and Ambassador of Portugal in Thailand, Beijing, and Paris among other duties. During his tenure, he has also been appointed as a non-resident Ambassador to Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Monaco. He has also received numerous decorations and awards including the Economic Diplomat of the Year Award in 2016 by the Portuguese Chamber of Commerce and Industry for his activity in Beijing, Portugal’s Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Merit, Knight Officer of the Order of Prince Henry, and the United Kingdom’s Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order.
During his tenure, he embarked on diplomatic assignments that gave him a firm knowledge of European and intra-European dynamics, an extended acquaintance with Middle Eastern politics, an understanding of post-Soviet dynamics in Russia during his time in Moscow, and an introductory experience with Central and Southeast Asia’s realities.