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1 MUN Overview (Model United Nations) Preparation for High School Conferences

2 How is MUN Run at JSerra? Class Class –Cultural Geography Honors/MUN Must attend three conferences each year Must attend three conferences each year –World History Honors/MUN Must attend three conferences each year Must attend three conferences each year –All MUN info is provided in class Club Club –Any other student who wishes to participate in program All MUN info provided at club meetings or in class All MUN info provided at club meetings or in class

3 What is MUN? Mini United Nations Mini United Nations Conferences with local high schools Conferences with local high schools Students assigned country and topic Students assigned country and topic Research countrys position on topic Research countrys position on topic Debate with other delegates representing different countries regarding same topic Debate with other delegates representing different countries regarding same topic Reach a resolution at the end of the day Reach a resolution at the end of the day Awards for performance Awards for performance

4 What Happens at a Conference? First half of day is spent covering countries policies or positions on the topic at hand First half of day is spent covering countries policies or positions on the topic at hand Second half of day is spend discussing possible plausible solutions to the topic at hand, writing and voting on resolutions Second half of day is spend discussing possible plausible solutions to the topic at hand, writing and voting on resolutions –Speeches, comments, caucuses Awards Ceremony Awards Ceremony –Best Delegate (gavel) –Outstanding Award –Commendation Award

5 How Are Conferences Graded? MUN Club Participants MUN Club Participants Cultural Geography Honors/MUN and World History Honors/MUN Class Participants Cultural Geography Honors/MUN and World History Honors/MUN Class Participants –Teachers notes throughout day – Mr. Misiow –Chairs evaluation/point tally from day

6 Preparing for Conference Research, research, research!! Research, research, research!! Write position papers Write position papers One paper per topic (3 topics, 3 papers) One paper per topic (3 topics, 3 papers) Position paper format set by host school, check host schools site Position paper format set by host school, check host schools site Come up with ideas for solutions Come up with ideas for solutions Bullet point information for speeches and comments Bullet point information for speeches and comments

7 Research! What is the problem? How does it affect your country? What is the problem? How does it affect your country? What has your country done to combat the problem? What has your country done to combat the problem? What are the various sides in the debate? What are the various sides in the debate? Which aspects of the issue are most important to your country? Which aspects of the issue are most important to your country? If your country is not involved with the issue, how can it become involved? If your country is not involved with the issue, how can it become involved? How will your country shape the debate at the conference? How will your country shape the debate at the conference? What arguments will other countries make? What arguments will other countries make? How do the positions of other countries affect your countrys position? How do the positions of other countries affect your countrys position? Is there evidence or statistics that might help to back up your countrys position? Is there evidence or statistics that might help to back up your countrys position?

8 During the Conference General Debate- focus on policy General Debate- focus on policy –Speeches –Comments on speeches –Caucuses (sharing policy) Substansive Debate- focus on solutions Substansive Debate- focus on solutions –Speeches –Comments on speeches –Caucuses (writing resolutions) Voting Bloc Voting Bloc –Vote on resolutions

9 Speeches 1-2 minutes 1-2 minutes General Debate Speech General Debate Speech –Focus on your countrys previous and current involvement with topic –As much detail as possible! Substantive Debate Speech Substantive Debate Speech –Focus on ideas your country has to solve the topic –As much detail as possible! Be energetic! Be engaging! Be informative! Be energetic! Be engaging! Be informative! Be professional Be professional

10 Caucuses Meet in groups with people with similar policies Meet in groups with people with similar policies Discuss ideas/positions Discuss ideas/positions Write resolutions with solutions the group comes up with Write resolutions with solutions the group comes up with Be a leader!! Be aggressive!! Be a leader!! Be aggressive!! Be diplomatic Be diplomatic


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