Prepare for Committee

NY Chair/Rapporteur

Another educational feature of the conference is elevating delegates to serve as volunteer committee staff, replicating the UN system where ambassadors serve as committee chairs. Rest assured, a delegate's service in these positions in no way detracts from his/her delegation's ability to win an overall delegation award. Past Secretariat members note the strong educational value in using topical knowledge to help move forward the committee agenda. Delegates with previous committee experience (in NY or elsewhere), as well as delegates who may be interested in applying for volunteer staff positions in the future are particularly encouraged to apply to become a chairperson or rapporteur for their committee. Use the NMUN•NY Chair/Rapporteur Application, linked to on the right.

Committee Chair Position

The chair is responsible for the procedural functions of the committee. Working with the Director and Assistant Director (AD), he or she assures that the committee operates in a smooth and efficient manner. This position requires a very thorough working knowledge of the rules of procedure and a professional presence on the dais. Chair applicants should have significant Model United Nations experience, particularly at NMUN conferences. To ensure consistency and overall preparedness, there will be a mandatory training session for all selected committee chairs. This training session will help both new and returning chairs familiarize themselves with the rules being implemented at the conference.

Rapporteur Position

Each committee has a rapporteur who serves as an aide to the Director, the Assistant Director (AD), and the chair. Often, full membership committees appoint two rapporteurs to assist in the management of large rooms. The rapporteur is responsible for maintaining the speakers list, the order of the resolutions on the floor, amendments, verifying vote counts, and similar administrative matters. The rapporteur is also called upon to assist in the preparation of final committee reports. Applicants for this position should be highly organized, alert, flexible, and possess strong writing skills. There will be a mandatory orientation session so that rapporteurs may familiarize themselves with committee and Information Services procedures.