Three lessons I have learned as a Model United Nations Delegate.

  • Have a well prepared Position Paper.
    A position paper is simply a concise research on the position of your country on the given topic. It also states the activities of your committee so far on the topic in question as well as some proposed solutions to the issue in question. There are two basic rule guiding the formation of a position paper, the first is that the position paper must not be less than one page and must not be more than one and a half pages. Many are not aware of this rule. I recall a position paper I once wrote. It was above the recommended one and a half pages so I changed the font style and the line and paragraph spacing. I also changed the document to p.df format so it wouldn’t be altered. Smart right!
    The second is that the position paper must be referenced and the referencing style is usually determined by the MUN organizers. I make use of the MLA format when it is not specified. A friend of mine missed an opportunity to get an award because he didn’t add references. For anyone who is interested, please, send an email to lamongstt@gmail.com with the words “Killer position paper” and you will receive a position paper I have written.
  • Interact.
    Your level of interactions with other delegates can make or mar your Model UN experience. This is one thing I wish I did on a more personal level in my first Model UN. With interaction, you can get other delegates to stand up for your cause, to defend and back up your suggestions loyally, without any agreement before your committee session. My first experience of this was when I as the delegate of the USA was called upon to defend the support of Israel by the USA and I wasn’t really sure about what answers to give. The Delegate of Brazil, because of my previous interaction with her defended the actions of the USA.

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