How to Prepare?

You will participate an online seminar for the preparation. Be advised that all content of the e-learning seminar and all further materials can be found on Moodle 2 only. However, in case you cannot access Moodle 2, our e-platform for cooperative work, you will find the most essential documents here:

Besides the content of the preparation (online) seminar you have to prepare yourself. If you are familiar with the UN organs and structures in general, you should first focus on the committee you are taking part in:

  • When was it created and with which objectives?
  • What are the committee’s functions and responsibilities?
  • Who are the member states?
  • What are the latest actions taken within this committee and how has the committee acted before regarding the topics you will be discussing in the sessions?

Secondly, it is important to research and learn about the country you are representing. You should have an overview of the basic facts, but also to consider more detailed information. You should consider the following points:

  • Geography and Location
  • Population and Structures
  • History
  • Political System and Actors
  • Government
  • Military and Armament
  • Economy
  • Internal Situation
  • Main Production Areas
  • Economic Relations with other
  • Countries
  • Main Exports and Imports
  • Main Partners
  • Main Problems
  • Culture, Religion and Languages
  • Ethnic Groups
  • International Relations:
  • Participation in international, regional and other organizations
  • Neighbouring and partner States
  • United Nations Participation
  • Transnational Issues
  • Signatory to which Treaties
  • Conflict Situations (if any)

Apart from the main information mentioned above, you should research other areas directly related to the topics you will be debating in the committee or go into greater detail in some of the above aspects, which might be topic related or could be affected as well.
It is important to understand which priorities your country sets in strategic areas, including economy, international relations and politics. When it comes to finding a consensus or having to compromise, what aspects are negotiable and which are not. Another important point you have to prepare is the topics themselves. The study guide and the basic are a starting point and background information, but this should not be the end of the research about the topics. It is important to learn more about the issues and to be well informed about developments, actions and/or solutions being attempted. The study guide cannot provide information about every single country’s position and course of action.

Make this country yours!

Therefore another main aspect is to research about your country’s position regarding the topic of the Conference:

  • Is your country in favor or not?
  • Which action plans are already been taken regarding this issue?
  • Which are the partners your country normally works with?
  • Has there already been action taken before?
  • Or debates about the issue?
  • What was your country’s position and actions?

There might be some country’s position which might be difficult to find out or learn about. A good option in such cases is to research the course of action taken by yourcountry in related or similar situations. Another possibility is to consider the position or actions taken by partner countries, which you know from the research take the same or at least similar course of action in such situations.
Another possibility is to make assumptions based on your research regarding the country, its priorities, politics, history and international relations. A good question to ask is: “What would be in the best interest of the country and what would correspond to its politics?” You might want to get in contact with the country’s embassy responsible for your home country or research in the related government websites. But you should also take into consideration opinions from non-governmental sources, opposition groups, and neutral parties, and be prepared for possible attacks to your position or actions. It is important, in order to faithfully represent your country, to be very well prepared and to not only know as much as possible, but also to identify with the country you will be representing during the conference and with your country’s position. We would
recommended to do as much of your research as possible in English. Given the fact that the debate and discussions will be held in English, this will make work much easier for you.

 

Going further

Guidelines for Model UN
Research Guides
Rules of Procedure

 

Still questions?

All questions regarding the rules of procedure or other parts of the simulation should be directed to the various Chair teams of your committee.

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