Treaty of Versailles


Topic Summary

Topic: The Aftermath of World War I

This committee takes place in January 1919, 3 months after the armistice that ended World War One has been signed, in Versailles, Paris. The goal is to come up with the Treaty of Versailles, which will include both ways of dealing with the defeated powers after World War One, and drafting the charter for the new global peacekeeping organization. Through this process, delegates will have to deal with competing objectives between themselves, as well as crises that they will not be able to foresee: former empires might break down, the situation in Germany might escalate if the problems are not solved quickly enough, developments might occur in Africa that demand action from delegates present.

This will be a dynamic committee that will require quick thinking and cooperation from delegates, and if they play their cards correctly, who knows, they might even avoid the eruption of another world conflict that would have erupted around the late 1930s.

Director’s Letter

Dear Delegates,

Welcome to the Treaty of Versailles! My name is Rebeca Serson, and I can’t wait to meet and work with you all as the Committee’s 2020 HMUN director.

I am a rising sophomore São Paulo, Brazil, planning to concentrate in Social Studies. On campus, I am involved with community service through the Philips Brooks House Association (PBHA) and with the International Relations Council. Before college, I took a gap year, which I spent working at non-profits in Brazil, and abroad, in China. My dream is to make Brazil a place of equal opportunities for all, and I plan to do this through working for an improvement in basic education, although I have not yet made up my mind as to what my path in this will be.

I started Model United Nations in high school and it was an activity that was incredibly important to me because I got to learn about international affairs and put skills into practice in a really fun and entertaining way. It was through Model UN that I discovered my passion for international affairs and politics and it was defining in my chosen area of study. As such, I want to be able to provide this experience for other delegates and being a director at HMUN is the best way to do this.

Do your research beforehand, as it makes a huge difference in how much you get out of conference, both in terms of knowledge and skills gained and enjoyment.


Rebeca Serson

Director, Treaty of Versailles

Harvard Model United Nations 2020