INTRODUCTION TO MODEL UN
New to Model UN? Looking to improve your skills? First time in a crisis committee? Before consulting this section, we recommend beginning by reading through the NAIMUN Training Guide.
What is Model United Nations?
Model United Nations is a form of international relations debate that places students acting in the capacity of diplomats, ambassadors, and heads of state of a nation into the wide committees, conferences, and forums of the large United Nations infrastructure and beyond. Delegates will have to research topics, imagine solutions, debate with their fellow delegates, reach compromises, and arrive at resolutions that may solve some of the foremost problems facing the globe today.
What kind of committees should I expect at NAIMUN?
NAIMUN committees are organized into six standing bodies called organs: General Assemblies; Economic and Social Councils; Regionals; Councils, Boards, and Courts; Cabinets; National Security Apparatus. General Assemblies (GAs) are large gatherings of delegates that address fundamental issues in a very realistic environment – examples include the traditional 1st Committee (DISEC) and 4th Committee (Legal) as well as unconventional committees such as the Non-Aligned Movement, among others. Economic and Social Councils (ECOSOCs) are moderate to large size committees that specialize in working with, as their name suggests, economic and social issues – examples include British House of Commons and Peace of Westphalia. Regionals are moderately sized committees that bring a bloc of nations together to discuss issues affecting specifically one area of the world – examples include the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Councils, Boards, and Court (CBCs) are small committees dealing with all sorts of issues and often follow unconventional rules of procedure or examine specialized topics – examples include the Supreme Court of the United States and Northrup Grumman Board of Directors. Cabinets are small, elite committees that take delegates behind the closed doors of a government in the midst of a crisis – examples include the Jordanian Cabinet, 1968 and the Russian Cabinet, 2000.
Where should I go from here?
Research is the first and foremost aid in preparing for the conference, and there are multiple resources and sites that can aid delegates in the preparation of these data. After collecting the information, delegates must write a Position Paper that summarizes their nation’s position on specific issues and lays out the goals the nation wants to achieve in committee. At the conference, delegates will write Resolutions to submit their proposals to the committee for approval, and will use Parliamentary Procedure to debate, discuss, and compromise with other delegates on the issues. Other useful information can be found in the Other Resources section of this guide. We wish you the best of luck and look forward to greeting you at NAIMUN!