WHAT IS MODEL UN?
The Model UN is a role-playing game that lasts five days and let participants simulate the work of real bodies of the United Nations. At MUN delegates prescind from their position and must defend the official position of the country they represent. The final goal of each committee is to adopt a resolution on the agenda.
Scientific conference: to solve the problem on the agenda, the participants use knowledge and skills in international relations.
Role-playing game: the participants speak not on their behalf, but on behalf of a country or an international organization represented in the United Nations. The delegate acts on their behalf and acts in their interests.
HOW WILL THE MODEL TAKE PLACE ?
Any Model UN committee works to solve the problem that is on the agenda. The solution to the problem is the resolution of the committee. It looks like a document that spelled out what was agreed at the meetings.
The course of the meetings is governed by the Rules of Procedure of the committee, based on similar Rules of Procedure of the real UN. This is a set of regulations governing the work of the simulated bodies; in fact, the rules of conduct of meetings. These Rules of Procedure are common for most UN Models around the world (with only minor differences). The Rules of Procedure of each committee are posted on the respective pages of the committees on the website.
IMPORTANT! A delegate is a person authorized to speak at an international forum on behalf of a State or an international organization. Since Model UN delegates do not express their personal opinion, but the opinion of their government, they should avoid the pronoun "I", replacing it with "we", "our delegation", etc. At meetings, delegates should adhere to the official style of dress.
Что мы будем делать в комитете?
Чтобы принять резолюцию, комитет должен пройти несколько этапов работы:
- Выступления с позицией своей страны или организации: что Ваша делегация думает о проблеме?
- Подготовка и представление проекта резолюции: какое решение Вы и Ваши единомышленники могут предложить миру?
- Разработка и представление поправок для текста проекта резолюций, который победил в голосовании и стал рабочим: как улучшить принятый вариант решения?
- Голосование за итоговый проект резолюции: устраивает ли Вашу делегацию решение, к которому в процессе совместной работы пришёл комитет?
WHAT IS THE WORKING SCHEDULE?
From Tuesday to Friday, each committee will work under the Program. Visually, the schedule of the Model looks something like this (please note that in each committee the schedule can be adjusted by the Presidium):
- Tuesday and/or Wednesday - presenting positions;
- Wednesday and/or Thursday - presentation of draft resolutions;
- Thursday and/or Friday - amendments to the selected draft resolution;
- Friday - the adoption of the resolution.
IS IT MANDATORY TO SPEAK? CAN I JUST LISTEN/WATCH?
You have to speak. You will have at least one speech - presenting your country's position on Tuesday or Wednesday (depending on where your delegation is on the list and how quickly the committee will move on). In addition, you will be able to ask questions, write and submit draft resolutions, amendments and much more. Be active! Model UN is a great opportunity to practice public speaking, negotiation and writing skills.
DO I HAVE TO COME TO MEETINGS EVERY DAY?
Yes, you have to be at the meetings every day. Following the results of the Model UN, the Secretariat will issue a certificate of participation to each delegate - as a keepsake, paper in a portfolio or proof to your university that you have not been absent. If you miss several meetings, the Secretariat will be forced to deprive you not only of documents confirming your participation, but also to cancel your position in the committee. In case you are worried about your studies, we are ready to provide an invitation letter addressed to the head of your university with a request to release you from studies for the event.
HOW CAN YOU ASK QUESTIONS AND WHAT ARE THEY?
Question to the speaker – a question concerning the position of the country or the substance of the proposal under discussion, which may be asked after the delegate has spoken.
Point of Personal Privilege – If a delegate's ability to participate in the deliberations is impaired for any reason related to the physical environment, he/she may rise to a Point of Personal Privilege. Point of Personal Privilege may be raised at any time during the meeting.
Point of Parliamentary Inquiry - a Point of Parliamentary Inquiry is raised to the President if a delegate wishes to obtain a clarification of procedure or a statement of the matters.
Question to the Expert - a question concerning the factual side of the problem under discussion and the official position of the UN. It can be set with the permission of the President.
Point of Order - during the discussion of any matter, a delegate may rise to a Point of Order if he/she believes that the proceeding is contrary to the Rules of Procedure.