Arctic Council


The Arctic Council is a supranational organization which aims to address the needs of the nations and peoples possessing territory and residing within the Arctic region. Such needs include topics pertaining to the Arctic peoples, biodiversity, climate, ocean, pollutants, and emergencies. The Arctic Council was formally established in the 1996 Ottawa Declaration, its goal being to promote cooperation, coordination, and interaction among the Arctic States. Membership in the Arctic Council is divided into three tiers: Arctic States, Permanent Participants, and Observers.

The AC is designed for intermediate delegates. Though position papers are not required, they are recommended to ensure delegates feel prepared and comfortable throughout the conference. Please submit all papers to your committee director. 

Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to

Meet the Dais Team

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Shiwei Chen


Not long ago, Shiwei entered the Model United Nations scene in Vancouver as a curious eighth grader, wishing to experience the same event that his brother had put so much of his time in. Since then, Shiwei has been to numerous Model United Nations conferences, and passed many more directives and resolutions. Outside of the Model United Nations community, our Director enjoys hanging out with his friends, going out for long walks, and adding far too many things onto his daily to-do list. Having thoroughly enjoyed his experiences at VYMUN so far, Shiwei welcomes everyone to participate in this upcoming iteration, and hopes everyone in his committee experiences a weekend of socialization, rapid writing, and engaging debate!

Bruce Wu


Currently in his junior year at West Point Grey Academy, Bruce is excited to be serving as the chair of Arctic Council. He fell in love with MUN ever since his very first conference. He thoroughly enjoyed the educational discussions that took place and liked drafting resolution papers with his fellow committee members. Having served as assistant chair last year, Bruce is thrilled to take on the role of chair this year. In his free time, he likes to play basketball with friends and watch anime. Bruce looks forward to meeting everyone in October! 

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Kelly Wong


Currently in 11th Grade at West Point Grey Academy, Kelly is both excited and honoured to contribute to VYMUN 2021 as the Chair of Arctic Council! Looking back at her very first MUN conference, when she was in the 8th Grade, she remembers how intimidating it was to raise her placard and actually speak. Fast forward three years and she still finds it difficult to contribute in discussions to a high extent. So feel free to reach out to her if you are ever feeling overwhelmed or too anxious to speak during the conference, she will definitely be able to relate. She looks forward to meeting and working with all of you at this year’s VYMUN. 

Cynthia Jin

Assistant Director

Currently a junior at West Point Grey Academy, Cynthia is eager to serve as your Assistant Director for the Arctic Council II at VYMUN 2021!! Two years ago at her first MUN, she fell in love with the unique cooperative environment motivated by the amazing people at each conference. Cynthia is familiar with the initial feeling of nervousness and intimidation newcomers feel during their first MUN and aims to create an engaging environment like her previous experiences. Outside the committee room, you can find Cynthia outdoors either biking with her friends, relaxing at the beach, or indoors reading a good book and spending time on Spotify. 

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George Sun

Assistant Director

George is a sophomore from St. George’s School and is thrilled to be serving as the Assistant Director of Arctic Council. Ever since entering his first committee session in grade 7, George’s passion for Model UN has only grown. From the unique perspectives of each delegation, to the unremitting sounds of debate, George highly credits Model UN for sparking his interest in International Relations, politics, and more. Outside the committee room, George can be found in every corner of Vancouver trying to take an “artsy” photo, playing a game of pick-up basketball, or bouldering with his friends. He is looking forward to meeting everyone at VYMUN!