It can be both fun and challenging to prepare for a Model United Nations conference. After being assigned a committee and position, it becomes important for a delegate to find out answers to some key questions. What is the scope of my committee? What past international action has been taken? What has my country/ character stated as a point of view? What bloc can I expect to find myself on? Our conscientious Chairs, Crisis Directors, and USGs work for months putting together a comprehensive background guide for you to begin answering some of these questions. What gets you noticed in debate, however, is the outside research that you've done to make yourself stand out as a knowledgeable, well-spoken delegate.
This page contains links to resources that you may find helpful in learning more about your debate topics and the nature of those issues. You can also find UPMUNC XLVII's Rules of Procedure, which will give you insight on what constitutes good parliamentary procedure at our conference. We hope that you find these resources rich in useful information. Good luck with your research, have fun developing your position, and if you have any questions, feel free to email your Chairs, Crisis Directors, USGs, or absolutely anybody else on Secretariat!
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All delegates must submit a position paper. In the Position Papers, you should discuss your country/character/organization's opinions/views/perspectives with regards to the topics or crises at hand. (Double delegations only need to submit one paper). Papers should give a brief description of the issue and how the delegation anticipates responding.
For GA / ECOSOC & Specialized: 2 pages double-spaced per topic (4 pages total)
For Crisis: 2 pages double-spaced in total
Chairs will take Position Papers into account when deciding awards. Please submit your Position Paper via the online submission system by the deadline. The heading of the position paper itself should include your name, country, school, committee and the position name. More instructions are available in our Model UN 101 guide.
Model UN 101
A beginner's guide to Model UN, which also contains The University of Pennsylvania Model United Nations Conference's official rules of debate and etiquette. If you have any questions, please contact the Secretary-General or anyone on the Secretariat.
Charter of the United Nations
The important document that has provided the very foundation on which many countries, people, organizations in almost the entire world, not to mention UPMUNC, are based.
United Nations Millennium Development Goals
At the turn of the new millennium, the United Nations outlined eight important goals for the betterment of our global community, setting a deadline of 2015 to meet those goals. To learn about those goals and to check up on our progress, click on the above link!
International Court of Justice
Read all about the main judicial body of the United Nations. Situated in The Hague, ICJ has passed judgment on many important international legal issues.
United Nations Declaration of Human Rights
One of the first, and possibly most important, documents passed by the United Nations General Assembly. This, more than most other international documents, deals with the core of why we have a United Nations: to improve the lives of people.
United Nations General Assembly
Read about the organ of the United Nations in which every single member state is represented.
United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)
The Economic and Social Council deals with issues of supreme importance in the realm of economic development and social betterment.
The World Bank
The World Bank is an important international organization that provides help to developing countries. It is also an excellent source of data, should you feel it is ever necessary for discussion.
International Monetary Fund (IMF)
The IMF is also a crucial organization that deals with economic growth and cooperation of countries of the world. The IMF, like the World Bank, also has very useful statistics that may come in handy for conference.
CIA World Factbook
The CIA World Factbook contains wide-ranging information about virtually every country of the world, presented in a clean, succinct format.
Part of being a good delegate is an awareness of current affairs, as sometimes issues can arise just days before conference begins! We recommend that you every so often check the news by reading a newspaper, going on the internet, or flipping on your television.
Often times, information on the internet can be unreliable. To get a reliable source in print, your best bet is your local or university library, which is sure to carry a number of books on a wide-range of material. If you want to add detail and sophistication to your research, this is the way to go.
Again, if you have any questions or require any assistance in research, please contact any member of the UPMUNC Secretariat!