Guidelines to Getting Prepared

HOW TO GET PREPARED?

  1. When you are assigned with the topic and your country, first read the research report (commonly known as the Study Guide). A research report is a report written by the chairs and includes relevant information about the topic.
  1. Search the background of the topic. Main questions to consider are “Why this problem has occured, which countries are involved with this problem.” KALMUN Club members start their background research four weeks prior to a conference they attend. You may use quatations and useful links you can find below during your research:

United Nations Today (United Nations Department of Public Information)

  • The World Almanac or The Universal Almanac
  • Permanent Missions to the United Nations (e-mail for information on your nation and the specific issues under consideration) • United Nations Department of Public Information (e-mail for a publications list)
  • The Europa World Yearbook (Available in most library reference sections; contains detailed background on all countries and international organizations in the world)
  • United Nations Handbook (Published annually by the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade)
  • Various periodicals, including the United Nations Chronicle, New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, The Economist (Weekly), and Keesing’s Record of World Events (Monthly).
  • BBC Country Profile
  • CIA World Factbook

About Your Committee

After reading your committee’s background guide, you should become familiar with the committee itself–its purpose, its members and its level or scope of influence or jurisdiction. It is best to know why your committee is discussing a certain topic, so you can better understand how you can best come up with a resolution on that issue.

Below is information regarding the United Nations and it its organs.

General UN Information:

Main organs of the UN:

The following links will lead you to some of the more prominent specialized committees at found at MUN conferences. For committees that are not found here (or for cabinet committees), a simple Google search will help you begin your research.

Specialized Agencies:

 

  1. Search your country’s policy, what they have done about the problem, what is their point of view and your country’s allies.
  1. Search the past attemps to solve the issue.” What United Nations and other country’s have done?”
  1. Try to find and think of possible solutions. “What actions should be taken to solve or prevent the issue from happening?”
  2. (Only for the General Assembly delegates) Try to write a resolution. A resolution includes 2 parts. The first part is the preambulutary clauses. These clauses summerize the issue, they are about the past attempts and the background of the topic.

The second part includes the operative clauses. The operative clauses are the clauses aiming to solve the issue with an action. You can write your solution alternatives in this part. Just to be clear, writing a resolution is not mandatory, but you would attend the conference as a fully prepared delegate with a resolution paper.

TO DO’S AND DON’TS

DO

  • be kind and respectful
  • talk about important topics/ problems & find solutions to them
  • make a sufficent research
  • dress formal
  • use a diplomatic language
  • smile
  • make friends
  • listen to other delegates carefully
  • write gossips

DON’T

  • be offensive
  • do your research on the day before the conference
  • speak other languages
  • cross talk during the session
  • wear casual clothes
  • make nonsensical speeches
  • be late