Introduction to Debate is a seminar for beginner delegates wishing to learn about how the speaking process works in Model UN, and how to use speeches effectively as tools to sway the committee. In order to be successful at MUN conferences, learning to be persuasive and confident in speeches is critical to showing the dais what all of the previous work amounted to. With plenty of tips and tricks as well as practice debate opportunities, this seminar will prepare each delegate for standing up and speaking out in future contexts.
Position Papers and Research
Learning how to research and synthesize good sources in order to produce a position paper are integral for a successful and productive Model United Nations conference. For all delegates looking for a basis to being or continue MUN on, thorough research and professionally written papers are the first step before any committee session. This seminar is recommended for beginner delegates who wish to polish their research skills for future conferences and learn the universal format of position papers. The material will cover the classic structure of a position paper, what makes an award-winning paper, and tips for writing and researching. The content will be accompanied by activities and games to apply the newly learned skills.
Rules of Procedure
The rules of procedure in Model United Nations committees consist of a set structure necessary for beginner delegates to familiarize themselves with in the flow of debate. The material that will be covered include the definitions and structures of motions, rights, quorum checks, yields, and other proper terminology to address the committee and the chair. There are many ways to use the rules of procedure effectively to facilitate debate, gain opportunities to speak, or help serve the needs of your member states. This seminar serves to teach delegates the types of terms, how to use the terms, and how to move debate in one’s favor. The flow of debate in a typical MUN conference will also be covered, as well as a brief mock committee session to familiarize delegates with newly learned parliamentary procedures.
In all regular Model United Nations committees, the ultimate goal of debate is to produce a resolution, voted upon by member states and representative as a marker of successful diplomacy. Delegates express the common goal of creating a possible solution to some of the world’s most pressing issues by collaborating with fellow members to agree upon and vote an active parliament. In this seminar, delegates will learn the ins and outs of writing a resolution paper, thus allowing them to emerge as leaders in a committee session. The material will cover the structure of a resolution, sentence stems, contents, and flow of writing a MUN resolution.
If the thrill of regular committees with speaker lists, resolutions, and voting bloc has lost its edge, the large number of specialized committees in Model United Nations may be a welcome change. Focused on intense, fast paced debate, crisis committees are unique and allow delegates to use their creativity and simulate the world with negotiations, assassinations, or kidnappings. Specialized committees allow delegates to experience a new focus and provide a twist on traditional UN committees. This seminar will provide information about crisis rules of procedure, different specialized committees, and a brief mock session to practice high-level debate and writing directives.
The experience of being in the Model United Nations circuit is far more varied than participating as a delegate. From crafting background guides to marketing and finalizing the logistics of a conference, the members of the staff and secretariat at a conference serve extensively behind the scenes in order to create a refined and professional experience for each delegate. As a guide to the roles and responsibilities of various management positions, this seminar details everything necessary to know in order to move forward in a MUN career. Along with tips and tricks for interviewing, management, and beyond, this seminar will aid delegates seeking a stronger passion for MUN by introducing a path to deeper involvement in the MUN community.
For experienced delegates who have seen their fair share of committees and circumstances, practicing the ability to debate in-committee is crucial to producing results. The mock committee serves as a transition back into the habit of Model United Nations. Delegates who attend the mock committee session will discuss the topics of Child Labor Laws and the Rohingya Minority, all while receiving feedback from the dais. Participating delegates will receive personalized country guides to aid them throughout the flow of debate. This committee is ideal for delegates to reenter the circuit of MUN at the beginning of the year, and learn about their strengths and weaknesses by participating in structured debate.