The key to succeed in an MUN doesn’t lie in your flamboyance. On the contrary, it lies in your preparation. And hence we here at HNLU IMUNC 2017 strive to provide our prospective delegates with an introductory guide to ensure that you excel not just at HNLU IMUNC but in every MUN henceforth.
Prior to the conference, it is imperative that all the delegates familiarise themselves with the basic structure of the United Nations. The delegates should move forward with researching about their assigned committee and its working power, along with a research on the assigned country. Furthermore, delegates should research about the relevance of the provided agenda for their assigned country.
Delegates should make use of the individual committee study guides that will be provided but must ensure that they are not restricted to it. Delegates need to broaden the scope of their research. Academic journals, commission reports, news articles and documents provided by various UN agencies are all important tools to be triumphant at an MUN.
Post country allocation, it is recommended that you begin researching about your country. Start with the history of the country then move towards its culture, economic and political structure and foreign policy. It is advisable to do extended research on your state’s freedom of press, development, health care, education, infrastructure, human rights and ethnic and religious minorities.
Proper understanding of the functioning of the committee is vital for a meritorious debate. In all of HNLU IMUNC Study guides, delegates will be provided with an introduction to the conference’s committees. This will provide them with a good understanding of the committees, this base can be consolidated upon by understanding the history and purpose of your committee, its jurisdiction and the methods in which the committee acts.
The aim of all the delegates is to represent their assigned member states within the committees, in order to discuss the different topics in the agenda, and make progress towards solving them on a helpful international level.
While researching across the spectrum might be a tedious process, it is essential to know who are the key parties to the issue, what has been done by the various “watch-dog” agencies, what is being currently done and what lies in the future. An analysis of all these issues is required to evaluate the failures or successes on the given agenda.
After gaining an insight of the assigned country and committee, you should proceed towards researching about your agenda. A committee can have a fruitful debate only if the delegates have a clear understanding of the agenda in its intricacies. Previous resolutions passed by the committee can be a powerful tool while researching.
There are certain questions that you need to keep in mind while conducting your research.
A part from this, another crucial strategy is to identify the various blocs or states who share the same perspective or policy as your assigned country, and to collaborate with them during the committee sessions.