Thorough preparation is the key to a successful NMUN conference experience. Although delegates are encouraged to develop resolution and report writing skills, both in class scenarios and at regional Model UN simulations, NMUN conferences will not accept any pre-written resolutions or reports. Delegates should refrain from discussing the issues with other delegations until their first committee session.
NMUN Preparation Guides
There are four key preparation documents that NMUN provides:
These resources provide the tools that you need to help thoroughly prepare for the conference, understand the flow of formal and informal debate, and begin research on the agenda topics. To participate fully at the conference, you will need to research beyond these guides to gain a full understanding of:
The structure and history of the United Nations
The assigned country or Non-Governmental Organization (NGO)
The committee topics
The country/NGO's position on the topics
Prior to the conference, you will prepare your position paper outlining your Member State’s policies towards the agenda topics. Updates for the Committee Background Guides are posted a month or so before the conference begins.
UN Preparation Resources
Our documents are only a starting point in your research. We highly recommend extensive use of academic books, scholarly journals, newspaper articles, official documents, and other literature provided by bodies associated with the United Nations. Delegates are advised to evaluate online sources carefully and only use reputable sources, such as these:
Non-Governmental Organizations, particularly those accredited by the UN. Visit their websites and read their publications.
Country reports and data published by international or regional organizations such as the World Bank, WHO, OECD, APEC, etc.
The CIA World Factbook which provides general overviews for specific Member States and includes general socioeconomic data.
Librarians can assist you in finding other valuable resources.
Delegations representing NGOs should consult their NGO's website. In addition, they are advised to use the resources above to gain more insights into the issues as well as the positions different countries have taken on the topics under consideration.
Plagiarism will not be tolerated at any point by NMUN/NCCA. Not even the best source exempts delegates from coming up with their own ideas and suggestions, and then framing them in their own words. Delegates should be aware that position papers and draft resolutions are read and evaluated by NMUN staff who have worked on and prepared committee and agenda items for months. This provides them with a profound understanding of the topics and enables them to identify and report incidences of plagiarism.
Important Dates: We urge you to note the various deadlines for position papers and other conference preparations.
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