Preparation & Research
The first part in preparing for the Model U.N experience is to conduct extensive research. It is important to remember that a delegate’s goal is to faithfully represent his/her country, be knowledgeable of the topic at hand, and know about the U.n system. research is normally broken down into three parts: Country Information, Topics at Hand, & General UN Information.
For the Model U.N Conference students will develop Preliminary Statements and Position Papers.
Preliminary Statement’s seek to define your delegation’s general goals relative to the theme of the conference. It is, in essence, an agenda-setting tool. Your statement should be about 1/2 to a full page in length and should take no more than one minute to read. It should begin with a statement of greetings to the other delegations and address three items in general ways: 1. how the conference theme impacts the global community from your point of view; 2. How the conference theme impact states with similar issues and problems as your own; and 3. Basic goals your delegation wishes to achieve at this conference and general ideas on how they might be resolved.
Position Papers were adapted from the UNA-USA website www.una-usa.org . This is information outlining each delegation’s policies on one of the topics being discussed. These papers help delegates organize their ideas and share their foreign policy with the other delegates. the position paper should include a brief introduction and comprehensive breakdown of the country’s position. This is due one week before the conference.
Actions of the United Nations are expressed in resolutions submitted in draft form under the sponsorship of one or more delegation. Resolutions may simply register an opinion, or may recommend action to be taken by a U.N organization or related agency. Only the Security Council may take “decisions” which bind Member States to a certain course of action.
United Nations resolutions follow a common format. Each resolution has three pars: the heading, the preamble, and the operative clauses. It is one long sentence with commas and semicolons throughout the resolution, with a period at the end. The first word in each clause should be underlined, and each clause in the preamble should end with a comma. All operative clauses end with a semicolon except the final clause which ends with a period.