Model United Nations of Baden-Baden
14th – 18th March 2018
For years Model United Nations conferences have given young people the opportunity to debate important world issues. Each participating school represents one or more countries or organisations. It puts forward the views and opinions of that country on global issues including human rights, disarmament, economic, social and security issues.
By taking part in a Model United Nations conference, participants learn to negotiate and cooperate with other delegations. Their perspective on current affairs is broadened, and they learn to appreciate the importance of diplomacy. They have the opportunity to hone their debating skills and, as English is the official language of the conference, they also improve their knowledge of the language. In addition, participants get the chance to meet students from different countries and cultures.
What is special about Model United Nations of Baden-Baden?
- Different levels of difficulty: Every participant should feel comfortable with their state of knowledge. Therefore, every committee has a different level of difficulty. (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Proficiency)
- First-timers coaching: First-timers, students who attend in a MUN for the first time, are often reserved and shy. Therefor the delegates will get a more intensive and better support.
- Minimum age of 16
- Crisis meeting: On the last day, there will be a crisis meeting with all delegates of each committee in a special plenum
- Intensive support: The management places a high value on an intensive support and contact with all participants
If you would like to attend MUN-Baden 2018, please contact us via email or send back the pre-registration form until the 8th of October 2017.
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Resources for information about the country
When researching your delegation, you will find that there are many available sources to help you with research. Though it may look overwhelming to find the right information on your country, many sources provide several areas of research; such as the area of Politics, Government, Economy, Society etc. There are several sources listed below. You may also find that whilst looking through some sources, you will find information that would help you when writing about your political stance and position (policy statement/position paper 1 ) for your committee, or if you will serve as the ambassador of your delegation, it would help when writing your opening speech.
CIA World Factbook: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/
United Nations Website: http://www.un.org/
BBC Country Profiles: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/country_profiles
To learn everything about a country is a hard task. First of all you have to think about the major topics you want to learn. I would suggest to make mindmaps of all these major topics. After that you could start with your research.
Every Delegate has to write a position paper on the topics that are to be discussed in your Forum. Each topic should be addressed briefly in a succinct policy statement representing the relevant views of the assigned country or NGO. You should also include recommendations for action to be taken by your committee. A position paper should be divided into three paragraphs to create an understandable structure and logic:
- Describe the current situation
- List all relevant documents, treaties, conventions and resolutions
- Action Plan: Here is the right place to formulate your own ideas about how the above-mentioned and criticized documents, treaties and mechanisms should be improved or amended. Since you criticized the already existing structures in the second part you are expected to come up with solutions for the problem. Take care that you avoid double-structures and institutions through creative proposals that ask for solutions that already exist but had different names. This paragraph is comparable with operative clauses you want to have included inside a Resolution.
(There will be a sample position paper soon)
Roles at the MUN
When students sign up for an MUN Conference within their school, they sign up as delegates. Schools are assigned either countries or organisations, where students must then hold the position of a delegate in a specific committee of either any of the countries or organisations their school was assigned. The role of a delegate is to act as their assigned delegation’s representative in that part of the United Nations System (such as being the delegate of Japan in the Human Rights Council). The role of the delegate is to debate the topics of their committee, and to better the situation by the means of writing resolutions, explaining their delegation’s position, or by helping debates by writing amendments to amend a resolution that is being debated.
An Ambassador means that you are the Head of a team of delegates. It means that you are the most experienced and that you are responsible for the over all achievement of your delegation. Each delegation should decide it’s goal for the conference trying to find solutions for problems discussed by the United Nations.
Each committee has a chair, head or President who is the student officer in charge of the forum. There are 2 Student Officers in each GA committee and in the Special Conference.
Preperation guide and rules of procedure
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In case you are uncertain about the modalities of a “MUN”, here is a short description:
A Model United Nations (MUN) is a role-play performed by students from all over the world in order to simulate the work, rules, and proceedings of the United Nations as closely as possible. At MUNOBB we are going to initiate the UN’s General Assembly with its six Committees, the Security Council, and Special Commissions.
- Every attending student will be assigned to a delegation. These delegations represent one UN-member country or an NGO/IGO (non-governmental organisation/inter-governmental organisation).
- A few months before the conference, an agenda containing the topics of every Committee, Commission and Council will be published. Those issues will be debated during the conference.
- As a basis of debate, every delegate is obliged to prepare at least one resolution in advance of the conference concerning one of the topics that will be discussed in the Committee/Commission/Councils the delegate has chosen.
- A resolution contains ideas and proposals of how certain problems concerning the world community such as peace and security, human rights, or environmental questions could be solved.
- When sessions of the Committees/Commissions/Councils commence with the lobbying process, the first step is to find delegates representing other countries that are willing to support one’s draft resolution. In order to get your resolution debated in your Committee, Commission, or Council, it is necessary to get a sufficient number of signatures on it. You can either try to find enough sponsors on your own or prepare a new resolution together with other delegates.
- During the conference it is absolutely necessary to only argue in the interest of the represented country.
- Since a MUN tries to simulate the work of the UN as closely as possible, it therefore sticks to the UN dress code, which means that formal dress is required (pictures and further details are available on munobb.de (the new Homepage will be online at the end of September)).
- English, being one of the official UN languages, will be the formal language of the conference.