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Research Guide for MUN (Model United Nations). Use this guide to find country information, government links, United Nations links and database info as well as links to MUN tournaments.

Where do I start?

New to MUN?

  1. First, you will be assigned to a country, then a committee or just a committee (such as Thrones of Olympus or Jedi Council). 
  2. Once you have your assignment, then you can begin your research. 
  3. You are a representative of whatever country you are assigned.  So BE that country.  Find out THEIR point of view, not the US point of view.
  4. Plan on meeting with Ms. Arcuri to help you get started if you have never been to an MUN tournament before. 
  5. Next, you might want to visit this UN site to find out what the Un recommends you do: Research Overview: Model UN Preparation Overview

I've been to a tournament before!

  • Just go through the links in this guide and consult your MUN sponsors (Mr. Torkilsen or Mrs. Carey) for help as needed.

For Beginner's: UN Associations Preparation Guide

Model UN Preparation Guide from http://www.unausa.org/munpreparation

Research Overview
The first step to Model UN preparation is research. This section poses helpful research questions and points you to the best rescources for gathering information on your country and its positions, the topics to be discussed at the conference, and the UN system.

Country Assignments
Shortly after you register for any Model UN Conference, your delegation will receive its country assignments. Learn how to effectively assign countries among your Model UN team.

Position Papers
Position papers allow you to explain your country's position on an issue and start to provide ideas on how the committe should address the issue. This section explains how to write a position paper and provides some helpful tips and even a sample to help you write an effective position paper.

Flow of Debate
The flow of debate is the order in which delegates at a Model UN conference give speeches, negotiate, propose resolutions and amendments, and vote. This section features a flow of debate chart that will give you a feel for how a Model UN committee works- from the first speech to the final vote!

Public Speaking
Public speaking is one of the most important skills that you will need as a Model UN delegate. This section will help you learn more about the various oppurtunities for speaking at a Model UN conference. The section also provides tips for public speaking to help improve your delivery and boost your confidence.

Rules of Procedure
The rules and procedures at a Model UN are important for keeping order so that the committee can make progress. This section explains how a committee operates and provides a chart of rules and motions to help you learn these important procedures.

Caucusing
Caucusing, or informal negotiation, is one of the most significant parts of a Model UN conference. Much of the problem-solving, collaboration and compromising happens in these important sessions. This section explains the different types of caucuses and provides tips for effective caucusing.

Writing Resolutions
In this section, you will learn about the role of sponsors and signatories in the resolution-writing process, as well as how to use preambulatory and operative clauses and the process of proposing amendments. The section also includes a sample resolution and tips for writing effective resolutions.

Dressing for Success
Western business attire, or international standard business attire, serves as customary dress for workplaces and for many Model UN conferences. In this section, appropriate dress is explained in detail.

MUN Club Info

MUN Club meets on Fridays at lunch in the library classroom (room 304)

MUN Club Head Delegates:

  • Vikram Nandyala
  • Alex Livingstone

MUN Club Sponsors:

Other Research Guides

Basic MUN Links

UN Statistics

Text and links from Mira Foster's MUN Libguide from San Francisco State University.