Singapore is regarded by many as the gateway to South-east Asia and Australasia. Ever since its first days as a small trading post, it is a place that has welcomed foreigners from far away lands who came to exchange goods and culture. It has developed into a truly cosmopolitan city, where Chinese, Malay, Indian and Western people have been living together in harmony for many generations. As such, Singapore is an ideal location for a Model United Nations conference. English is widely understood and it offers an interesting and safe environment for young conference participants.