How to get started with Model United Nations!

Since you’ve registered for Model UN, I presume you know what a MUN conference is and you have a fair idea of the term “Delegates” and “Committees”. Let’s dig deeper into it.

Model UN can seem very confusing and stingy at first, but you can get along with it very fast.

This article would help you make the process of MUNning easy & efficient.

Suit up. Get your delegate on. Be awesome!

Being successful at diplomacy (generally, not only in the case of MUNs) depends on two things:

  1. Your research
  2. How you represent your research.

MUN proves to be the finest platform for learning diplomacy because it helps you sharpen two arenas of your brain simultaneously. That is- your logic and your soft skills. (Hardly any academic course lets you do that)

Having briefed you about how beneficial this platform can be for you, I urge you to fully utilize it- and take home something.

The question pertains- It is very intimidating- how do I start? How do I prepare for my first conference?

Like what I said about being successful at diplomacy, same applies to your MUN conference.

-“Okay, I understand the theory. How to do it exactly?”

The answer to this is- you’ll have to prepare for it in an efficient way.

We will provide you a study guide- read that first. I will list a few things that you need to have with you:

Position paper:

The Position Paper is a one or two-page document that is essentially a summary of your knowledge of the topic and the position your country plans to take when it enters committee. It typically contains four sections: Background of Topic, Past International Actions, Country Policy, and Possible Solutions. Position Papers are usually due before the conference.

Opening speech:

The opening speech should preferably be impromptu: but well planned. What makes a good opening speech? It contains your country’s stance. (This is where delegates come to know which countries would be your allies. It should make your foreign policy clear and also, you should propose a way in which you think the committee should flow in solving the agenda. Last but not the least- you should occupy your allotted time (60 to 90 seconds) very cleverly. Be concise and precise on what you have to say!

Research binder

I’ll dive into the details of how you should research in a separate article ( it’s a whole new arena, yo! )- but I’ll tell you what you should absolutely have in your research binder.

  • United Nations Charter
  • Universal Declaration of Human Rights
  • Some latest and relevant news reports
  • Some opinions of think tanks (obviously on your agenda)
  • CIA factbook
  • Press releases of official statements.
  • Past resolutions, treaties and conventions.
  • Know- how of resolution writing

Again, I’ll publish a different article to resolution writing, but there are a few things you should know about writing a resolution as first timer. Writing a resolution seems intimidating, but still- if you manage to grasp its technicalities, it’ll be easy for you. But if you don’t- don’t worry. Learn it from the Executive board or your fellow delegates. The final resolution comes in two parts basically- the perambulatory clauses and the operatives.

 

If you pay attention to all this, and walk in the conference hall prepared and confident- I’m pretty sure you shall ace it. Happy learning, and best of luck!

If any questions, write to me at: secretarygeneral@tcetmun.in

 

-Omkar Potdar,

Secretary General,

TCETMUN 2016.