What will I be doing when I participate in MUN?


Part II. What will I be doing when I participate in MUN?

When a student participates in Model United Nations, it is most often in the role of a delegate. (There are some exceptions to this, but they will be covered under the Rare Things, Exceptions, Special Rules, etc. section.)

A delegate, also known as a representative, is a person sent by the government of a country to the international body being simulated, in order to articulate its position and achieve its goals during the course of the meetings. In the real world, delegates are usually diplomats who have worked in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs / Department of State of the country for years and are entrusted with being the 'voice' of the country - in Model United Nations, you've done a few weeks or months of research and are expected to be the voice of the country anyway.

As a delegate, you will be expected to research and write a position paper prior to the conference (see Part III). At the conference, you'll be expected to debate and vote the way the government you're representing would want you to, and even write international documents, known as resolutions, that enshrine your country's positions into international policy (see Part IV).

So basically, you're roleplaying, acting as a professional diplomat with a certain set of positions and ideas to promote and follow. You're going to do your research ahead of time to find out what those goals and policies are, and then when you get to the conference, you're going to go through the meeting and promote those through the specific procedures you're going to learn about in the next few sections.