Each delegation must appoint an ambassador. It is the ambassador’s job to ensure that each member of his or her delegation is prepared for the conference and that notepaper is produced.
Amendments allow you to change the current resolution by either removing an entire operative clause or amending a clause by adding or removing words, or adding an entirely new clause. Amendments add to and improve the resolutions.
Briefing pointers provide background information about each of the topics that you will debate during the conference, and act as the starting point for your research. Briefing pointers will be provided on the website.
You will be assigned a committee for the conference and will represent your country in that committee (Health, Disarmament, Environmental etc.).
You will be put into a delegation. This will be the country that you will represent for the duration of the conference.
It is assumed, at MUN, that the UN has infinite funding, but NOT infinite resources, although individual countries do not have unlimited funding. It is also acceptable to suggest that funds are being misplaced, but specific amounts should not be discussed.
A Forum is where multiple delegates join together in their delegation and issues are debated as one large group. We have three Forums this year - General Assembly, Human Rights Forum and Climate Change Forum.
Lobbying is unregulated time before a debate, to allow delegates to get to know each other. During this time, you will go around your committee room and talk to other delegates, to persuade them to sign a resolution/amendment.
The operative clauses set out what further action and measures need to be taken to help solve the problem. They are the basis of the debate.
The preambulatory clauses provide a background to the problem and previous actions taken. These are not debated.
Point of Information
Once the speaker has finished their speech, the chair will ask if there are 'any points of information on the floor'. This is your time to ask the speaker any questions you have on the resolution or amendment.
Point of Order
This is can be used if you think what someone has said is wrong, or offensive. The chair will then decide what action, if any, should be taken. They cannot interrupt a speaker.
Point of Personal Privilege
Use this if: you can't hear, you're too hot, you're too cold, or you need the toilet!
Policy statements are very short (less than a minute) and should outline your country's stance on the issues for debate in your committee. You could also wish the delegates in your committee a successful conference. They are a great way to talk for the first time, and to get noticed by your Chair and fellow delegates.
Further to the provided briefing pointers, you will need to do your own research on your topics. The key to success at every conference is to have a good knowledge of the issue generally and for your country. It is useful to know about other countries' policies too, so that you know who your allies are.
You write a resolution in order to solve one of the topics of debate in your committee; it is composed of a preamble and operative clauses. Resolutions are usually written by delegates before reaching the conference.