The inaugural Sustainable Development Youth Convention (SDYC) took place in 2010, making SDYC 2019 our 10th anniversary. Under the Humanities Interest Group of NUS High, SDYC’s initial aim was to amalgamate the humanities with Math and Sciences. In our fledgling years, this was done through talks and SDYC even hosted tours of NUS High’s specialised laboratories coupled with hands-on environmental science activities.
However, over the years, SDYC has taken flight and now serves as a platform for students to champion their interests in the humanities and current affairs. It is a 3-day Model United Nations (MUN) conference organised by the Year 4s-6s of NUS High School. To delegates, it promises academic rigour over the 3 days as they represent various stakeholders during debates.
The theme for this year's conference - "Consensus Through Resolve" - illustrates the very process of diplomacy itself. In the world of foreign relations and domestic politics, sheer resilience is needed to find a solution that satisfies all stakeholders, which is further complicated by conflicts of interests. As such, only by embodying the theme in their approach towards council can delegates best forge a consensus for a better future.
A special feature of SDYC is the Mass Activities. Although presented in different forms across the years, its purpose is for delegates to further explore sustainable development while furthering the friendships they have made over the conference. All in all, SDYC is a conference that serves to promote sustainable development. By youth for youth.
Secretariat Welcome Letter
Dear Delegates, Teachers and Honorable Guests of the Sustainable Development Youth Convention,
On behalf of the organizing team of the Sustainable Development Youth Convention (SDYC), it is our pleasure to invite and welcome you to the 10th SDYC. This year, SDYC will run over 3 days from the 23rd to the 25th of August 2019, and it will be held in NUS High School of Mathematics and Science.
SDYC is one of many Model United Nations (MUN) conferences organised for the youth, by the youth, but with a key focus on sustainable development. SDYC aims to inspire youth to make a change in resolving pertinent issues regarding sustainable development through diplomacy and debate, which culminate in the formation of creative solutions. We aim for delegates to leave the conference with a greater awareness towards global affairs, empowering them to be the leaders of the future.
In this year’s iteration of SDYC, we will bring to you exciting and meaningful discussion on a wide scope of topics ranging from the issue of voluntourism in the United Nations World Tourism Organisation to healthcare reform in the United States Senate. The 10th edition of SDYC presents the International Press Gallery for the first time, a Joint Cabinet Crisis committee, as well as the United Nations Security Council that will adopt the UN4MUN format, bringing delegates closer to the authentic UN experience closer to our delegates.
In addition to the intense debate delegates will experience, SDYC also features a Mass Activity for delegates. The activity provides delegates with an opportunity to experience the complexity of balancing sustainability with progress and competition whilst solidifying the bonds formed over the conference with other delegates. Delegates are also welcome to relax and unwind with a Dinner and Dance event which will be packed with exciting games and performances, a night truly not to be missed.
With the chaos and turbulence taking the world by storm today, it is ever more important that we bring up conversation and discussion on long-term sustainability in order to build a brighter and more peaceful world – a world not just for ourselves, but also for the future generations to come. We hope that you will take this first step and join in the conversation, and we look forward to seeing you at the conference.
Secretariat of SDYC