Welcome to BALMUN 2023

Dear participants,

After hosting a successful in person conference last year, we feel greatly honored to welcome you back to the fifteenth annual Baltic Model United Nations conference.

BALMUN conferences strive to allow students to speak on political issues which are prominent in today’s world. A fundamental problem, which unfortunately still prevails to this day, is the implementation and recognition of human rights in all countries across the world. For this reason, BALMUN 2023 will focus on “overcoming obstacles to optimize our approach to human rights standards.”

According to the UN, human rights are “rights inherent to all human beings, regardless of race, sex, nationality, ethnicity, language, religion, or any other status.” These rights include but are not limited to the right to life and liberty, freedom of opinion and expression, and the right to work and education. Everyone is entitled to human rights without discrimination.

Although a simple concept, human rights are disregarded in many places across the globe, negatively affecting millions of people. This year’s conference will deal with a wide range of topics relating to human rights in an attempt to better ensure that basic standards are met.

Ranging from religious discrimination to slavery to the lack of children’s rights, human rights are infringed in more ways than one can imagine. This is something we simply cannot tolerate.

As delegates, it is your job to find solutions that can help optimize the way we approach the implementation of human rights internationally. The prominence of human rights laws vary from country to country, yet we must come to a consensus on how to enforce (and in some cases implement) these laws on a global scale.

It is true that many important milestones regarding human rights have been reached over the past few decades. However, human rights and their implementation is still a pressing issue which must be solved in order to make a peaceful world a realistic possibility. Governments continue to implement polarizing laws which restrict the rights citizens should be entitled to. Until this ceases entirely, there will always be more to be done.

You have the opportunity to inspire the next generation to take a stand and participate in their political surroundings, to make their voices heard and make changes happen. There is so much we can achieve by simply working together.

We look forward to meeting you in June!


Jamie Potschantek
Secretary General