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Model United Nations Club: Guide

Annual Highlight in August: The Vienna International Model United Nations (VIMUN)


Guide: Three Easy Steps to MUN

For all new members: Don't worry! Even if everything sounds very unfamiliar or confusing at first, you will quickly learn all the necessary skills. In order to give you some help before your first session starts, we have created a short guide for you. Read it carefully and you will be well prepared for your first session! If there are still any doubts left, don't hesitate to ask us. It is one of our main goals to actively help you to join into the world of diplomacy and we are happy to answer any questions you may have.


1. Registration

Prior to each session you should write a short e-mail stating what country position they would like to represent during the next meeting. A list of dates of the meetings and all available country positions will be announced at "Graz" or "Vienna". As a single session sometimes consists of two consecutive meetings, make sure you have time on both dates if you choose an important country. Soon after the Organizing Team has received your message, you will be informed about your position for the upcoming session. At that time you should now start with step two:


2. Preparation

During the meetings each participant has to represent his/her country position as authentic as possible. Therefore, some preparation will be necessary. In order to make the research easier a short study guide will be published before the first meeting of a new session. The study guide will present the basic facts about the topic. You should also do further research on your country and its position. Therefore, you can find a list of very good research sources at the end of this website. As a checklist you can also use a short nation guide.

On the basis of your research, you could write a short position paper (half to maximum one page, not mandatory for participation). You can use this position paper guide, as well as these position paper samples:

Paper1, Paper2, Paper3, Paper4

MUNs follow certain rules which are similar to the procedures of the UN itself: Rules of Procedure (2014 New Final Version)

Of course you will not need to learn all of the rules, as it is part of the MC to make you acquainted to the procedures through learing by doing.


3. Participation

To make the beginning a bit easier for you, we recommend you to print this abstract of the basic motions. The main goal of every UN meeting is to create a common resolution, which should include solutions for the negotiated problem. Please also bring this resolution writing guide with you.


Best Delegate Certificate

The UNYSA-AUSTRIA-AFA esteems an outstanding performance of delegates participating in both monthly sessions. Therefore, the UNYSA-AUSTRIA-AFA will honor dedicated delegates with the reputable "Best Delegate Certificate".

Following criteria will be part of the assessment:

  • Foreign Policy Accuracy: The delegate has to represent his or her country's interests and priorities in the most realistic way. Accordingly, good delegates must show a strong grasp of their country's policies. For example, Israel and the US would rarely oppose each other, while the US and Iran might rarely agree.
  • Knowledge of the topic: A winning delegate must demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the topic by providing new ideas and approaches in order to advance the debate towards achieving the goals of the committee. Substantive knowledge should be used for solutions which are inclusive and not divisive in the interest of aiming a consensus-building cooperation among the countries.
  • Negotiation skills: The delegate must work towards resolving differences between strategic partners in order to achieve as much as possible of his/her country's objectives. While trying to find a proper middle ground to succeed in consensus, the delegate has to be mindful of solutions which do not include unacceptable conditions for his/her country.
  • Rules of Procedure: Delegates should be well-aware of the rules of procedure. It is, however, not necessary to memorize the rulebook but rather being capable of working with and adapting to the rules of procedure without disrupting the smooth flow of the debate.


Further Research Sources

Newspapers

State Sources - Foreign Ministries

Other Sources



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