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What is MUN?
A student-led simulation of a United Nations conference. There are multiple committees, eg UNEP, DISEC, WTO, UNICEF. These committees debate and vote on a range of economic, social and political issues.
How do such simulated UN debates work?
When a potential delegate signs up to an MUN they are assigned a country to represent. Together, delegates from the same country form a delegation. Each delegate from every delegation represents the country’s position in one committee.
Each committee is run by a Chair and a Deputy Chair. They lead the debates.
There are debates on various topics and delegates vote for or against a resolution.
By the end of the debates each committee draws up a final resolution and presents it at the General Assembly. These resolutions, coming from all the different committees, are voted on by everyone.
Here is the format our debates follow.
Delegate – a participant of the MUN conference that represents a specific country
Committee – a group of delegates, together forming a body that debates issues of a similar nature, like the environment or global trade
Resolution – a written agreement between countries
General Assembly – “the principle deliberative body of the UN in which each member nation is represented and has one vote” (UN official definition)
Position paper – a written paper written by a delegate describing the position of the country they represent on a specific topic