Since our Monday sessions cannot be held at the moment due to the COVID-19 Crisis, we are now introducing a new series of online content: MUN-Basics!
Each week, we will give academic insight, short committee introduction, MUN know-how and more!
Part I – Position Papers
We start off by introducing you to position papers and giving you an opportunity to refine your writing skills.
👉 Today’s practice: If you have the time (we know you do) and want to improve your MUN-skills (we know you want to), why not write up a quick 1 1⁄2 page position paper on that topic? Don’t worry, we don’t expect any deep research for this, this is just so you can accustom yourself to the structure of a paper. If you want feedback for your paper, you can also send it to us and we will do so. Just pick a country and start writing! For beginners, we recommend European or western countries, but if you are looking for a bigger challenge, you can also try one of the more lesser known places around the world. Have fun writing, and until the next time!
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Part II – Opening Statements
Today we are introducing you to writing an opening statement! We have created another guide. ✍️
👉 For now, to keep you trained and your MUN skills sharp, why not write an opening statement using the guidelines we presented today? Just write a few lines and send them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will gladly give you feedback. The topic and background info will be the same as last week, so if you are one of the people who wrote a position paper and it to us, congrats! Your work is already halfway done.
Part III – Debate Basics I
👉 Today we are introducing you to the course basics of debate! ✍️
At first, MUN might seem odd if you are not familiar with the set of rules and debate formats.
However, over the course of time, you will be trained thoroughly in the rules of debate and Model UN Procedure.
Part IV – Caucuses
👉 This week we will be dealing with the different kinds of caucuses and how to use them during a debate. There are two types of caucuses that can be called for within the debate setting of a committee. There is the moderated Caucus, in which a specific topic is discussed in more depth so that It won’t get lost in the overall discussion. On the other hand there is the unmoderated Caucus, which is a set amount of time that can be used to write resolutions or converse with other delegates to form alliances.
Part V – Voting Procedure
👉 This week we will be dealing with the voting procedure and the motions that will be used in voting procedure. Please note that there are additional rules that apply in the following committees: UNSC, ASEAN and East-Asia Summit, UN Global Compact, ECOSOC and NATO. These additional rules will be published in the future (and are already available in our ROP).
The ultimate purpose of the sessions is the passing of resolutions, which have to be voted upon in order to be passed or rejected by the committees. In voting procedure, special rules apply. First of all, the doors of the assembly are closed during voting procedure. Cross talking is strictly forbidden, note-passing will be suspended, and all delegates must stay in their seats until voting has ended.
Any delegate not physically present when the voting procedure begins will not be able to return before voting has ended.