Guidelines for Model UN

Participating in a Model United Nations can be a life-changing experience. You will have the opportunity to gain first hand knowledge about the UN-System, the decision-making process and the diplomatic work. All the while you will be enhancing your communication skills and debating techniques on the search for compromise, cooperation and consensus. Taking part in a simulation of the United Nations, together with other students, who share the interest in international relations and foreign affairs with, means representing another country and ideas that might be different from your own. It means debating current issues of the United Nations’ agenda, and experiencing how the international community achieves solutions for such concerns. You will be a delegate, thus you will have to use diplomacy and negotiation in order to achieve a consensus. You are expected to cooperate with other delegates and to actively participate in the debate, the writing of a resolution and the decision making process.

You are the ambassador!

It is really important to keep in mind that you will not be representing yourself or defending your own opinions, but the ideas and opinions of another country, as its ambassador. You might even have to argue for a position that goes against your own opinions, therefore changing the perspective you have about a particular problem, conflict or topic. Assuming this role and expressing the ideas and plans of the country you are representing is one very important aspect of every Model United Nations. You are the ambassador of the country that has been assigned to you in the United Nations. Another important part of model united nations is learning from other cultures, gaining a global perspective, and by that gaining a much better understanding of the problems around the world.
To represent the country you have been assigned properly you need to prepare yourself thoroughly. An excellent preparation, being informed about the topics and learning as much as you can about the country you represent, will also make your MUN experience even more interesting and exciting.

Respect is important!

All the delegates should keep in mind that being a diplomat means to offer your utmost respect to every delegate and to the whole body, regardless of foreign policy affiliation or personal feelings. Even if you are representing a country that has conflicts with another country, you should work together in a cooperative and dignified manner. This also means that personal conflicts should stay outside during the conference.

Dress to win!

In accordance with the spirit of the simulation, delegates are required to wear professional business attire. This varies between countries and as such the reality at the United Nations influences what to wear at a MUN conference. If your home country has a specific business attire, you may wear it at DuEMUN. But keep in mind that this only refers to business attire and not to a national costume. The appropriate place for the national costume would be the Global Village Party and not the conference floor.

You can also wear a military uniform at DuEMUN, as long as you are active duty military or a reservist, and the uniform represents the dress uniform of your military organization. Full battle dress or costumes representing uniforms will not be tolerated.

Everyone else may refer to the DuEMUN Rules of Procedure, which specify the dress code as follows:

Rule 11: DRESS CODE

All delegates will be suitably dressed in western business attire.
Male delegates shall wear long trousers, a matching jacket, shirt and tie or tuxedo.
Female delegates shall wear a trouser-suit or coat and skirt. Skirts must be knee length and shirts must have an appropriate neckline.
Casual clothing such as jeans, sneakers or running shoes are not permitted. The Director may issue exceptions at his/her discretion.

Men can easily default to a standard business suit with a tie, while women have more options to choose from. Here are some common questions about the dress code at DuEMUN

Do I have to wear a tie at a MUN?

Generally yes, but there are options. If your national business dress does not include a tie, you are not required to wear one. If you elect to wear a tuxedo, you should wear a bow-tie instead of a regular tie. You may of course also wear the bow-tie instead of a regular tie to a regular business suit.

Can female delegates wear male business attire?

While the rules do not specify this option, it will generally be accepted.

It is super hot, can I wear a shirt with short sleeves?

While it is not strictly in accordance with usual western business dress, we allow delegates to wear short sleeved shirts on hot days, provided that they also have a jacket with them.