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NMUN•NY Preparation Tips

Thorough preparation is the key to a successful NMUN conference experience. There are three key preparation documents that NMUN provides:

  1. NMUN Delegate Preparation Guide
  2. NMUN Rules of Procedure
  3. Committee Topics and Background Guides

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
  • 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:

Other Preparation Resources

  • Non-Governmental Organizations (particularly those accredited by the UN).
  • 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 socio-economic data.

Delegations requesting to represent NGOs are advised to use the sources above to gain more insights into the issues and different countries' positions on the topics, in addition to consulting their NGO's website.


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.


Delegate Preparation Guide

Del. Prep Guide 2014 NMUN

All delegates should download and consult the NMUN Delegate Preparation Guide PDF. It is a valuable resource and will provide answers to most of your questions.

Faculty Preparation Guide

The NMUN Faculty Preparation Guide PDF was written by faculty for faculty, the guide provides advice and information about planning prior to the conference, what to expect, getting the most out of the conference, and engaging in post-conference activities to help expand and improve your program.

Important Dates: We urge you to note the various deadlines for position papers and other conference preparations.

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