What is Model United Nations?
Model United Nations is an authentic simulation of the UN General Assembly and other multilateral bodies where students step into the shoes of ambassadors from the UN member states to debate current issues on the organisation’s agenda.
How did Model UN begin?
Model United Nations began as a series of student-led Model League of Nations simulations. The first simulations were called an International Assembly, the first of which was held at Oxford University in November 1921. Two years later, in 1923, the simulations were introduced at Harvard University where they gained popularity. After the Second World War Model League of Nations transitioned to Model United Nations due to the formation of the League’s successor organization, the United Nations, in 1945.
Are MUNs popular?
The popularity of Model UN continues to grow and an estimated 400,000 middle school, high school and college/university students worldwide participate every year.
Many of today’s leaders in law, government, business and the arts participated in Model UN during their academic careers. Model UN has been receiving attention in the mainstream media and has been featured in television programmes including ‘Community, Parks and Recreation’, ‘The Simpsons’, ‘Like Family’, ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’, ‘Will and Grace’, ‘The OC’, and ‘Gossip Girl’. Model UN was the theme of the Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen movie ‘Winning London’ and mentioned in ‘The Sure Thing’ and ‘Along Came Polly’.
What is the VIBGYORMUN?
Vibgyor Model United Nations (VIBGYORMUN) is an initiative by the VIBGYOR group of schools, India. It strives to foster a constructive forum for open dialogue on complex global issues amongst the student community. Each year delegates debate and deliberate on topics simulating actual United Nations proceedings. This gives students the opportunity to broaden their vision, and also to hone their diplomatic, public speaking and leadership skills.
Who is a Model United Nations delegate?
A Model United Nations delegate is a student who assumes the role of an ambassador, represents the country that has been assigned to him/her for all matters at the Model United Nations, makes speeches, prepares draft resolutions, negotiates with allies and adversaries, resolves conflicts, and navigates the Model UN conference rules of procedure – all in the interest of mobilising international cooperation to resolve problems that affect countries all over the world.
Why should I participate in the VIBGYORMUN?
There are multiple benefits to participating in VIBGYORMUN. Below are ways you that your participation will help you.
- Raise awareness about the salient role played by the United Nations in global affairs; serve as a Model of Best Practices of the United Nations.
- Network with delegates, better your planning process and inspire you as future leaders to become involved in world issues.
- Develop reading, reference and research skills, improve skills in note taking and technical writing (drafting resolutions and working papers) and policy analysis.
- Enhance communication skills especially in the areas of public speaking, small group communications, active listening, negotiation and conflict resolution.
- Gain insights into foreign policies and how they affect world politics.
- Achieve a deeper understanding of different cultures and learn to appreciate and tolerate diversity;
- Encourage you to contribute towards a better global social interaction.
- Provide you with in depth knowledge of their countries to guarantee a lively and memorable experience.
Who can participate in the conference?
The VIBGYORMUN conference is open to high school students from across the globe, who have the ambition to learn something new and want to work with people and to make a difference in the world.
What are some of the educational benefits of VIBGYORMUN?
VIBGYORMUN is an interactive learning experience. It involves young people in the study and discussion of global issues, and encourages the development of skills useful throughout their lives, such as research, writing, public speaking, problem solving, consensus building, conflict resolution and compromise and cooperation. It adds value to the CV of student delegates when they go out into the world.
What types of topics are discussed in VIBGYORMUN conferences?
Conferences tend to focus on current world affairs and issues that are being discussed in the United Nations. These issues can highlight political, financial and/or social concerns. The task of some committees might be to address hypothetical concerns or issues from the past or future. For example, many conferences have “crisis” committees, in which delegates must react to a hypothetical or actual crisis situation. The agenda items discussed in committees vary at each conference. Other conferences host historical or future Security Council simulations.
Do I get to choose the committee I would like to be in?
Committee preferences can be mentioned by the delegate while filling up the registration form. However, the final decision on committee allocation lies with the Secretariat of the VIBGYORMUN and the Advisor.
How can students contact their Chair or Secretary General before the conference?
The email ids of the Chair and Secretary General are posted on the VIBGYORMUN website: http://www.vibgyormun.com/committees
The Secretary General can be contacted on [email protected]
How do I register for VIBGYORMUN 11?
In order to register for the VIBGYORMUN 11 conference click on this link on the website:
Once you have registered you will be directed to a page payment processing. For further details you can also visit our registration guidelines to help you.
What should I do if my country has no information/research available on an agenda?
It’s time to get inspired! Get to know the agendas very intimately, familiarize yourself with the frontline countries’ stances and strategize effectively. Take part in debate.
On what basis should I choose my committee?
First and foremost, your preference should be dependent on your interest. Each committee at VIBGYOR MUN caters to a specific political and social program, and some have atypical set-ups. Understand their history, read associated agendas and then decide. Secondly, keep in mind your experience as well as ease with the size of a committee. Ensure your decision of preference is a combination of these factors.
The agenda of my committee isn’t relevant to my assigned nation. Does this mean I won’t be a part of the debate?
No, all delegates in any committee are encouraged to be a part of the debate. Your research can be agenda specific, with your country skillfully integrated in your response. Get familiar with your countries’ general policies before you frame your stance.
I am a first time Munner. What should I expect?
An intellectual challenge! Follow basic steps, which include reading your study guides, being very well prepared on your agendas, and being ready to speak during the conference. Take multiple opportunities, participate during the moderated and un moderated caucus. Don’t be very worried about the quality of your debate in the beginning, focus on managing your countries’ interests and speaking clearly.
What is the dress code for delegates?
Dress professionally and appropriately as it is an important aspect of Model United Nations preparations. Just like being polite and having proper manners, dressing appropriately is an important way to show respect for the nation you are representing, to your fellow delegates and to the United Nations.
Delegates may wear their own national dress; however, VIBGYOR MUN requires western business attire.
Western business attire, or international standard business attire, serves as a customary dress for workplaces. It includes wearing a suit – pants, a matching jacket, a button down dress shirt, and a tie.
Is attendance taken in committee sessions?
Yes – for every committee session. There is action taken against absentees.
Am I allowed to carry and use my mobile phone during the conference?
Delegates are permitted to use their mobile phones. However, the phones should not be used during committee sessions.
Is there a code of conduct that needs to be followed?
In order for a committee session to progress smoothly, it is important for delegates to follow the rules of procedure. This ensures that order is kept and delegates have equal opportunity to contribute to the discussion. Rules of procedure also provide the proper format to ask questions and make speeches.
The VIBGYORMUN has been modelled on the principles of respect and harmony. One must always follow the practices of collaboration, cooperation and constructive debate irrespective of an individual’s race, gender, political or sexual orientation, age, or nationality.
Plagiarism is considered unethical in VIBGYORMUN.
What is a position paper?
A position paper is a statement that reveals your country’s stance on a particular topic. One paper needs to be completed for each topic in your committee. Written position papers should be submitted to the respective Chairs fifteen days prior to the conference.
How should students research for their position papers?
Background/Study guides will be available on the VIBGYORMUN website: VIBGYORMUN.com/Committees/ (Committee name). They are password protected documents. The password will be given to the delegate post registration.
Refer to the list of suggested research links in the Background/Study guide for preparation.
A detailed overview can be found in the CIA (Central Investigation Agency) World Fact Book.
Research through news articles, past UN resolutions, relevant conference or events. Find out how your nation is influenced by this issue, what its stance is and how to respond to it. Make sure you are comfortable with your bloc position so you know that other countries agree with yours.
Remember that the suggested links are only a sample of what you should use to prepare for the conference and search engines will be very helpful. Research is required even if you are on a crisis committee.
A strong knowledge of the issue and familiarity of your country’s policies and history will enable you to play your role accurately.
Refer to Tips for Preparation for more information on how to research for VIBGYORMUN.
What is caucusing?
Caucusing is an informal debate that occurs during the VIBGYORMUN conference. It serves as an important method of discussion because it allows for greater participation and consensus building. Caucusing can be either ‘moderated’ when speakers are called on by the chair after raising their placards or ‘un moderated’, which is a designated time for delegates without the intervention of the chair to have discussion and work on resolutions. The caucuses are preliminary proceedings.
Are pre-written resolutions allowed at the VIBGYORMUN conference?
Pre-written resolutions are not allowed. Outside research is encouraged before the conference. VIBGYORMUN conference has a strict policy against any pre-written document.
Do I get a participation certificate for attending the VIBGYORMUN?
Yes. All participants will receive a certificate of participation.
Can I leave the conference before the scheduled time is over?
It is recommended to attend the entire conference.
What is included in my registration fees?
The following is included in the registration feed
- Digital and online material for students which will include module for the sessions, online quizzes, study guides and reference material.
- Digital Certificate of Participation and digital badges of honour for outstanding delegates.
- Surprise gifts for delegates par excellence.
- Video recording of the session will be shared subject to conditions.