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MODEL UNITED NATIONS 101

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Transcript of MODEL UNITED NATIONS 101

What is Model United Nations?

Simulation of the UN General Assembly and other bodies. You step into the shoes of ambassadors from UN member states to debate current issues.

They make speeches, prepare draft resolutions, negotiate with allies and adversaries and resolve conflicts
What happens when you're assigned your Delegation?
Research Issue
Highlight
Keywords
Define
Them
Find Relevant
Documents
Find Relevant
Organizations
Current
Situation:
Stats
/
Location
/
Events
Signed onto
Treaties
?
Attended
Conferences
?
Signed any
Documents
?
Involved?
For / Against

Write Resolution!
Points
Point of Personal Privelege
Comfort and wellbeing - audibility

Point of Order
Rules of procedure - decision/ruling

Point of Information to the Speaker

Point of Information to the Chair

Point of Parliamentary Enquiry
Refers to the rules of procedure in general

Writing a Resolution
MODEL UNITED NATIONS 101
What do we discuss?
The agenda items discussed vary at each conference. Most focus on current affair issues that are being discussed in the UN.
These highlight political, financial and/or social concerns.
What are the committees?
Security Council
:
China, France, Russia, UK and the USA (w/Veto)

Human Rights Commission
Disarmament Commission
Environment Commission
ECOSOC (Economic and Social Council)

GA1
- Disarmament and International Security
GA2
- Economic and Financial
GA3
- Social, Humanitarian and Cultural
GA5
- Administrative and Budgetary
GA6
- Legal
International Court of Justice



Head of State
Form of Government
Does Religion Influence Politics (Theocracy)
Affiliation to Political Organizations
Is the Government Independent
Is there a Monarchy
Politics and Government
Geography, Culture and Social
Population of Country
Average Life Span
Major Ethnic Groups
Ethnic Minority Integration
Poverty Rate in Country
Major Religions
Literacy Rate
Economy
Major Exports
MEDC/LEDC
Major Imports
Human Development Index
Natural Resources
Unemployment Percentage

Defense
Countries' Allies
Nuclear Power
Affiliation to Military Organizations
Relationship with Other Members
Environment
Energy Consumption
Non-Renewable Energy Consumption
Over-usage of Natural Resources
Affiliation w/Environment Organizations
Recycling?
Alternative Energy Types
Influence
Member of any Organizations
Country's Main Allies
Country's Major Opposition
Is it a regular member of ECOSOC or SC

Preambulatory Clauses
Describe
the Issue
Explain
the Past and Current Situation
State
Recent
and
Strong

Facts
about Issues
Relevant
Organisation

Efforts
Don't be
BIASED

All must
end in commas
Leave a line
between every clause
No clause-opening words should be repeated
Should be
underlined
and not numbered
All acronyms must be fully written out before appearing in abbreviated form



Operative Clauses
Most
Essential
Part
Explain
What Can Be
Done
Give Possible Sub-Clauses on
HOW
to
Achieve
it All
State
Facts
about
Issues
Emphasize Cooperation
Different Methods
Don't break Sovereignty
Don't be Vague or Specify Funding Sources

Underlined
and
Numbered
Subclauses end in
semicolons
(
;
)

Policy Statements
Speech explaining delegate's position
How the delegation feels about an issue
What should be done about the issue
What has been done about the issue

Resolution Speech
Speech explaining the purpose of resolution
Encourage other delegates to cooperate
Be Persuasive
Not Arrogant or Condescending
Motions
Move to Previous Question
Moving to voting procedure

Motion to Adjourn Debate
Temporary stopping of debate

Motion to Reconsider a Resolution
Calls for a re-debate and a re-vote

Motion to Extend Debate Time
Lobbying
Role Call
Find Same-Issue Delegates
Find Bloc Members (Allies)
Find Other Delegates
Sign
on to Resolutions w/
Agreeing
Members
Those Signed are
"Co-Submitters"
Merge
Approval Pannel
Debate
Role Call
Resolution Announced
Main Submitter Called to the Floor
Main Submitter Reads Operative Clauses
Main Submitter Makes 3 Minute Resolution Speech
Main Submitter Answers POIs
Chair Calls Upon Any Delegates Wishing to Speak
Yield floor to another delegate

Delegate sends amendment to Chair
Delegate announces amendment
Amendment is read and noted
3 Minute For / 3 Minute Against
Delegate debate
Vote

Attire
Formal clothing
Suits for the guys
Formal clothing for the ladies

NOT
Casual clothing
Facial and body piercings
Unnaturally colored hair



Equipment
Conference Folder
Notepad
Pens
Notepaper
USB
Laptop
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