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African Union

Director: Lucas Reynolds

Assistant Director: Brendan Jackson

  • Topic A: Democratization and Human Rights: Examining Policy Mechanisms within the Responsibility to Protect
  • Topic B: Creating Uniform Standards on Agriculture, Trade, and Industrialization Practices

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Dear Delegates,

I am Lucas Reynolds, and it is my distinct privilege to welcome you to MUNUM XXXI. I hope that this message finds you well. Firstly, I would like to say that I am honored to serve as your chair for this session of the African Union. By way of introduction, I am a second-year student in the Ross School of Business studying Business Administration, and I plan on minoring Political Science. I hail from the small town of Jackson, Michigan. Aside from Model United Nations, my interests are quite varied from political activism to mathematics.

I am so incredibly excited for the committee that we have prepared for you. The topics are extremely complex, and I am proud to give each of you the opportunity to discuss these prevalent issues in African politics.

This session of the African Union will run like a committee in the General Assembly. My hope for this session is that you leave a more informed citizen of this globe. Armed with the knowledge to fight the era of post-truth politics in this country and throughout the Western world.

It is indeed a tumultuous time in global politics. Each day brings a new surprise —if that is what you would like to call it! Model UN gives you the opportunity to examine issues with perspective that may be entirely new to you. In my opinion, this is the most valuable lesson that I have taken away from all the committees I have served on. 

It is my sixth year of MUN, and it is my third MUNUM. Model UN is a unique and truly life altering experience, so I encourage you to dive into these topics. This committee is open to delegates of all experience backgrounds. Come passionate and ready to debate. I encourage you to email me with questions or concerns.

Best of luck in your preparations and see you in January!


Go Blue,

Lucas Reynolds

Director, African Union

lvreyno@umich.edu