My first MUN
HOW TO GET STARTED WITH MODEL UNITED NATIONS?
You decided you will be doing your first Model United Nations. What now?
MUN can only be learned through participation so joining SiMUN is the first right choice.
Once the applications close and you have paid your application fee you will be assigned with a country and a committee. You will receive a booklet with all background information on the committee topics as well as the general information about the Rules of Procedure. You should read the introduction to the topics first.
After you have gained basic knowledge about the topics, you can continue with the three things, experienced MUN participants prepare upon the conference starts:
The position paper
The opening speech and
The Research documents
The position paper is 1-2 pages long document, where you summarize your knowledge of the topics and the position of the state you will be representing. The paper should incorporate some background of the topic and your country policy, followed by possible solutions. This paper will probably be due before the conference begins – it is up to the committee chairs.
The opening speech is usually between 1 and 2 minutes long and it is the first time you will be addressing your committee. It is your opportunity to clearly explain your country policy and say what you will be specifically focusing on. Based on this speech, other delegates will know if they can or should work with you or not.
Research documents are basically texts and websites where you got information to prepare your position paper and the opening speech. Save them for later because you might be needing them later in the conference. There will be little time to do research during the conference and it is useful to know (where to look for) the facts by the conference start.
The goal of each committee will be to pass resolutions. Delegates drafting the resolutions are usually more experienced MUN participants so you do not have to worry about the format so much. If you do want to engage – there is no problem. Study the resolution formats of your committee and cooperate.
The Rules of Procedure
Delegates in the committees are not allowed to speak when they want for as much as they want. Rules have to be followed. To find out everything about how exactly the conference will be structured, read the RoP in the provided booklet. If you study the RoP in depth, you will be more successful.