How to research for a MUN

As I mentioned in my previous article how to get started with MUN, you will learn how exactly your research should commence.

On a wide perspective, research for MUN boils down to three simple directions:

  1. Committee Research
  2. Country Research
  3. Agenda Research.

But, there are a lot of technicalities which you may need to follow. So, lets start!

There are a few points I think you should cover before you start your research

  • Get a very good understanding of the UN charter. Spend a lot of time in studying the UN charter. It is such a powerful tool that you can use for debate- unfortunately most of the people walk over it.
  • Read the study guide thoroughly. By reading the study guides, you come to know what the Executive Board expects from delegates.
  • Don’t read out your speeches. Jot down the points you want to make in your speech, and improvise it. (Don’t be mistaken- go prepared, but don’t literally read it out like you’re teaching a nursery grader how to read)

Now let’s see what researching actually looks like.

The United Nations.

So I understand that it’s impractical to advise you to read this factbook published by the UN which is close to 300 pages, but you can have a glance.

Read the purpose and functions of your UN body (for eg: DISEC)

TIP: USE CTRL+ F and thank me for this!

Agenda research.

The few most important aspects in which you should research for your agenda.

  • Overview: The study guide should give you an overview. But if you still wish to gain further insight, a simple Google search would be enough.
  • History: For solving a global issue( or any issue) you should know what are the past actions. Who were the key players, etc. Find out what your committee has done on this issue. Scan past resolutions.
  • Present: You will get the recent news through news channels, newspapers, and international press releases.
  • Future: You should look for the opinions from think tanks, newspapers and based on that reference, form your own future outlook.
  • Country research: You are the delegate of your country, who represents millions of your people. Keep this in mind.

 

You should gather knowledge about it. The CIA Fact book is the best tool for such research.

The second most important research is about your foreign policy in the agenda. (Every country has a national opinion in every issue and will function with respect to it. If you represent a country, you don’t want to be messing with those national opinions- which, from now on we will call ‘foreign policy’ )

 

Last but not the least, only reliable sources must be used. Here is a list of them. Go, explore.

  1. CIA Fact Book

It is a whole new universe of information and it can be a bit intimidating. But don’t worry, you can always sift relevant topics out from the ‘search’ option.

  1. Committee

Each committee has their own website. Just Google your committee name.

  1. UNBISNET

Through UNBISNET, you can find UN documents, voting records and speeches made in the UN. The keyword search varies in reliability.

  1. UN ODS

A very effective way to search documents related to your country and topic.

Also, our MUN conference can only recognize news reports from Reuters and Amnesty International. Keep that in mind.

With all this assortment of information with you, I assure you that you’ll be in a position to have a very strong stance in whatever committee you’re participating!

Have a great time, MUNers!

 

Omkar Potdar,

Secretary General – TCET MUN 2016.