Secretariat of the Zone 1 Conference
Secretary General | Chattanooga State College High, United States of America
My name is Sasha Hitachi, and I will be serving as the Time Zone 1 Secretary General. My introduction to MUN came in 6th grade when I was encouraged to attend a local middle school MUN conference. Knowing nothing about it, I dove into the position papers and resolutions and found that I loved it. In my sophomore year of high school, I applied to the staff of the Southeastern High School MUN conference and became the Legal Committee chair. It was as a part of this staff that I attended NHSMUN and got to visit the UN in New York, and in 2020, I became SHSMUN’s Secretary General.
Growing up in a multi-cultural household in America, I have always had a fascination and appreciation for other cultures. My mother is from Japan while my father is American, and I believe that growing up in two vastly different cultures has lent itself to my understanding of what a global citizen is. While community may start around you, it certainly does not end there. I think we have a duty to respect and remain open-minded to other values and beliefs, and to help lift up others wherever we can. As a musician, I have performed and organized benefit concerts to help various non-profits, and in academic settings, I have done by best to bring global awareness and cultural appreciation to those around me. We should use whatever roles we can to their fullest capacity for those around us, on a local and global scale
Lucas Reveco Tardio
Deputy Secretary General | International School of Panama, Panama
My first MUN conference was in 9th grade as the delegate of Senegal in UNHCR for PANAMUN XXV. Next year I was the United States in CCPCJ for PANAMUN XXVI. The following year I decided to take a leadership role in PANAMUN so I was a Chair for DISEC in PANAMUN XXVII and attended THIMUN as the delegate of South Korea in GA6. Currently, I am part of the Secretariat for PANAMUN XXVIII as well, and I am looking forward to this upcoming conference.
I believe that what makes me a global citizen is my engagement towards challenges and issues in our society. I am part of Eco-Leaders where we reach out to a low resource school in Panama to promote sustainability and teach about ecology. As part of the PANAMUN XXVIII Secretariat, one of my tasks is to promote the SDGs and empower delegates and students to engage with global issues and the SDGs. I am also the finance team leader for my school's iGEM team, where we apply syntax biology to address a global issue. In addition, I co-created a prototype that stabilizes the hand of a Parkinson patient when experiencing a tremor. These activities and my participation in MUN has shaped and influenced me and my role as a global citizen.
Under Secretary General/CBO | Sir Winston Churchill High School, Canada
Coming from a marginalised community of Jammu & Kashmir, the importance of social justice and freedom have always been an integral aspect of my life. Through MUN, I was able to explore the nuances of world politics, international law and conflict resolution with multifaceted discussions that helped me gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for political science. I have been involved in MUN for four years having been part of the secretariat three times, NBMUN being the fourth and as a delegate many times. I also love to engage in debate and speech at my school including French speech tournaments. I am an avid amateur photographer and apart from these extracurriculars, I am also the founder of The Written Revolutions, a platform dedicated to promoting youth journalism.
Serving as your Under-Secretary and CBO is a testament to how globalisation has changed the dynamics of the world, where we are able to conduct a conference not demarcated by borders or social division and connect individuals-- the youth, who are the leaders of tomorrow to debate and delve into discussions concerning various topics that impact the world we live in. Being a global citizen is a privilege that not all people share. Having lived in Maldives, Kuwait, Dubai, Malaysia, US, India, France and currently, Canada, I know that access to social justice and universal rights that form the essence of global citizenship are not available to all. We must use the platform we have, however small it may be to initiate change and help those that do not have a voice. Whether it is looking beyond our borders to engage in peaceful discussions with others or giving back to world communities by spreading awareness, we can each do our part in propelling the wheels towards a positive change.