Ideally, a successful delegation begins its preparation in the fall. Delegates/Delegations should prepare for several areas including: the United Nations, assigned country, agenda items and committee procedures.
Preparation should also include using the rules of procedure properly, negotiating and caucusing. Delegates should be come adequately prepared in these substantive and procedural areas prior to the conference. Working cohesively as a delegation is helpful during preparation and is essential at the MUNFW conference.
MUNFW requires documents prior to conference. Delegations are required to submit a Country Profile, Policy Papers and Resolutions. These written materials provide the basis for delegate evaluation and the certificates presented at the banquet.
The purpose of simulating the United Nations is to provide an environment in which participants can better understand the structure and procedures, as well as the process which takes place within the UN. MUNFW, in our continuing effort to provide a better simulation for participants during its annual conference, will conduct evaluations of all delegates attending MUNFW’s conference.
There are four areas in which delegates are to be evaluated: country profile, policy statements, draft resolution, and attendance/behavior during committee meetings. The first three areas compose the Pre-conference Documents each Delegation/Delegate must submit prior to conference. The fourth area, committee attendance/behavior, will be evaluated by the chairs. The chairs in each committee will take role approximately fifteen (15) minutes after the agreed start time of the meeting, in the morning, after lunch and after dinner.
In addition to attendance at committee meetings, appropriate behavior during the committee meeting is expected and deviations from the norm will be noted by the chairs. If there are more that one or two instances of unacceptable behavior noted, points will be deducted from the Delegation total.
Acceptable conference behavior is and begins upon arrival at an MUNFW conference. Each delegate is the official representative of an assigned country, a citizen of the country. The delegate must properly represent the country in the work to promote the country’s interests and ideals in the effort to achieve its goals. Each delegate is a thinking, innovative diplomat and should maintain the country’s position, but not be stifled into obstinacy or inactivity. A delegate may bend policy somewhat in debate and bargaining for votes, but should not drastically change the country’s policy.
Debate in MUN is between delegations and nations. While a delegate adds his/her personality, s/he is a representative of the selected nation and delegates are dealing with nations. Protocol requires that delegates address or refer to other delegates as the distinguished representative of _____ or the delegate from _____. Policy criticism is addressed to the nation, not the delegate. Derogatory remarks directed to a delegate or delegation are unacceptable behavior for a diplomat.
Rules and procedures are to facilitate the orderly flow of business in a committee, council, etc. Use of rules to hinder this flow, if not in keeping with a country’s policy on the issue, will be called out of order.
Attendance at all meetings during a conference is vital to achieving the benefits of the MUN experience. Part of that attendance is being on time, paying attention to what is going on, appropriate attire for a diplomatic meeting, respectful and appropriate language at all times.
Country Profile - 20 points
Policy Statement - 20 points/per Policy Statement. Each Delegation must submit a policy statement for EACH agenda item for which the Delegation has a seat. If a Delegation does not have a seat on a committee, a policy statement is not required for that committee.
Resolution - 20 points/per Resolution. Each Delegation must submit a resolution for ONE agenda item for which the Delegation has a seat. If a Delegation does not have a seat on a committee, a resolution is not required for that committee.
At the Annual Session of the MUNFW, the total points possible will vary depending on committees and the number of issues. Scores are averaged. A Delegation must have a minimum of 85% to be eligible for an award. Delegations who successfully meet this evaluation requirement will be awarded a certificate.
By way of illustration, a country with 6 seats at conference could be scored as follows: