Opening Ceremony

The Opening Ceremony of the 20th London International Model United Nations, 2019, will be an opportunity to celebrate the commencement of the conference. It will be a time to critically reflect upon the value of international cooperation and the United Nations, and to hear from experts in foreign policy, humanitarian relief and development share their insights and experience.

The speakers for this year's opening ceremony will be:

 

  Lord Mark Malloch-Brown

 

The Rt Hon. Lord Mark Malloch-Brown KCMG is a former number two in the United Nations as well as having served in the British Cabinet and Foreign Office. He now sits in the House of Lords and is active both in business and the non-profit world. He also remains deeply involved in international affairs.

He served as Deputy Secretary-General and Chief of Staff of the UN under Kofi Annan. For six years before that he was Administrator of the UNDP, leading the UN's development efforts around the world. He was later Minister of State in the British Foreign Office, covering Africa and Asia, and was a member of Gordon Brown's cabinet. Other positions have included Vice-Chairman of George Soros's Investment Funds, as well as his Open Society Institute, a Vice-President of the World Bank and the lead international partner in a political consulting firm. He also has served as Vice-Chairman of the World Economic Forum. He began his career as a journalist at The Economist.

Malloch-Brown sits on several commercial boards and is a Senior Advisor to FTI Consulting, where he previously led its EMEA practice. He also chairs or is on the board of non-profts including the International Crisis Group, the Open Society Foundation, the Children's Investment Fund Foundation and the Centre for Global Development. He is furthermore a Distinguished Practicioner of the Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford University and was formerly a visiting distinguished fellow at the Yale Centre for the Study of Globalisation. He is the author of The Unfinished Global Revolution and continues to write, broadcast and lecture about international issues. As Honorary President, Lord Malloch-Brown supports the work of the LIMUN Foundation in diverse ways.

 

 The Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC

 

Biography

The Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC, who took office as Secretary-General of the Commonwealth in April 2016, serves the 53 governments and 2.4 billion people of the Commonwealth.

Born in Dominica, she moved to the UK at an early age and was brought up in a large close-knit Caribbean family where she was taught the importance of hard work, education, pride in her heritage and the obligation to give back to the region of her birth and to the society in which she was raised. This ethic has guided her throughout her dynamic career in law, public service and politics.

A lawyer by profession, she became the first black and youngest woman ever to be appointed Queen's Counsel. She is the only woman since the post was created in 1315 to be Attorney General for England and Wales, and was also Attorney General for Northern Ireland.

Appointed to the House of Lords as Baroness Scotland of Asthal in 1997, she has been Alderman for Bishopsgate Ward in the City of London since 2015, and Chancellor of the University of Greenwich since 2014.

About the Commonwealth

The Commonwealth is a family of 53 independent sovereign states, and home to 2.4 billion people. Building on the Commonwealth Advantage of shared inheritances, and similarities of law and administration, its members are committed to creating a more inclusive, sustainable, and resilient future for all.

The people and institutions of the Commonwealth work together through a broad range of intergovernmental, civil society, cultural and professional organisations committed to shared the values and principles of the Commonwealth Charter that cherish equality of opportunity and celebrate diversity.

The Commonwealth Secretariat works alongside member countries to promote democracy and good governance. Justice, with respect for human rights under rule of law, is understood as the foundation both for economic development with sustainable growth, trade and investment, and for inclusive social progress – particularly through the empowerment of women and youth.