FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- What is a Model United Nations?
Model United Nations is an authentic simulation of the UN General Assembly and other multilateral bodies where students step into the shoes of ambassadors from UN member states to debate current issues on the organisation’s agenda.
- How did Model UN begin?
While there is no official record of how Model UN began, we do know that Model UN is the successor of a series of studentled Model League of Nations simulations. Some people believe that the first Model UN conference was held at Harvard University, although other colleges claim they held the first conference. Regardless, simulations of international organisations began even before the birth of the United Nations!
- Are MUNs popular?
The popularity of Model UN continues to grow and more than 400,000 middle school, high school and college/university students worldwide participate every year.
Many of today’s leaders in law, government, business and the arts participated in Model UN during their academic careers Model UN has been receiving attention in the mainstream media and has been featured in television programs including ‘Community, Parks and Recreation’, ‘The Simpsons’, ‘Like Family’, ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’, ‘Will and Grace’, ‘The OC’, and ‘Gossip Girl’. Model UN was the theme of the Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen movie ‘Winning London’ and mentioned in ‘The Sure Thing’ and ‘Along Came Polly’.
- What is the VIBGYOR High Model United Nations (VHMUN)?
- It is an initiative by the VIBGYOR High Group of International Schools, India.
- It strives to foster a constructive forum for open dialogue on complex global issues amongst the student community.
- Who is a Model United Nations delegate?
A student who:
- assumes the role of an ambassador;
- represents the country that has been assigned to her/him for all matters at the Model United Nations;
- makes speeches, prepares draft resolutions, negotiates with allies and adversaries, resolves conflicts, and navigates the Model UN conference rules of procedure – all in the interest of mobilising international cooperation to resolve problems that affect countries all over the world.
- Why should I participate in the VHMUN?
The VIBGYOR High Model United Nations strives to:
- raise awareness among the youth about the salient role played by the United Nations in Global Affairs;
- serve as a Model of Best Practices of the United Nations;
- involve delegates in various aspects of the planning process and inspire future leaders to become involved in world issues;
- develop reading, reference and research skills which improve note taking, technical writing (drafting resolutions and working papers) and policy analysis;
- enhance communication skills especially in the areas of public speaking, small group communications, active listening, negotiation and conflict resolution;
- help delegates gain insights into foreign policies and how they affect world politics;
- achieve a deeper understanding of different cultures and learn to appreciate and tolerate diversity;
- encourage the youth to contribute towards a better global social interaction
- provide the delegates with indepth knowledge of their countries to guarantee a lively and memorable experience.
- Who can participate in the Conference?
Registered students of Government recognised schools, colleges/universities, and students studying in Grade 8 and above as of June 2017 who have the ambition to learn something new and want to work with people to try and make a difference in the world canparticipateintheconference.
Recommended age: 13 to 19 years.
- What are some of the educational benefits of VHMUN?
Teachers and students have benefited from and enjoyed this interactive learning experience. It not only involves young people in the study and discussion of global issues, but also encourages the development of skills useful throughout their lives, such as research, writing, public speaking, problem solving, consensus building, conflict resolution and compromise and cooperation
- What types of topics are discussed in VHMUN conferences?
The agenda items discussed in committees vary at each conference. Most conferences tend to focus on current world affairs and issues that are being discussed in the United Nations. These issues can highlight political, financial and/or social concerns. However, the task of some committees might be to address hypothetical concerns or issues from the past or future. For example, many conferences have “crisis” committees, in which delegates must react to a hypothetical or actual crisis situation. Other conferences host historical or future Security Council simulations.
- Do I get to choose the committee I would like to be in?
Committee Preferences can be mentioned by the delegate while filling up the Individual Registration Form (IRF). However, the final decision on committee allocation lies with the Secretariat of the VHMUN 7 and the VHMUN Advisor.
- How can students contact their Chair or Secretary General before the conference?
- Respective Chair/Co Chair or Secretary General can be contacted through the mail.
- Emails are posted on the VHMUN website: www.com/MeetourSecretariat/Emailsofthe secretariat.
- What should students bring to the Conference?
- A printout or photocopy of research material for reference of their respective committ
- Laptops/I pads/Tablets for study purposes. It is not mandatory though and these will be carried at the student’s own risk. [The VHMUN is not liable or responsible for any loss/damage to these gadgets]
- Prescribed medication taken regularly by delegates, if any. [Covering letter by parents, mentioning the details about them education, is a must in this c]
- Does the VHMUN Conference offer any preparation assistance to delegates?
- Pre Conference training sessions will be conducted for Mumbai delegates in the month of June.
- For outstation/other school delegates, Video Conferencing [VC] can be arranged on request, subject to availability of video link.
- Training videos will be uploaded on the VHMUN websit
- The training sessions will explain basic rules and give tips to succeed at your first Model United Nations Conference and provide you with valuable insights in to how the conference functions.
- What office supplies does the VHMUN Conference provide for committee sessions?
- An ID card
- A placard for each delegate for her/his country
- A notepad
- A pen
- The VHMUN 7 brochure
- What is the dress code for delegates?
Dressing professionally and appropriately is an important aspect of Model United Nations preparations. Just like being polite and having proper manners, dressing appropriately is an important way to show respect for the nation you are representing, for your fellow delegates and for the United Nations.
Delegates may wear their own national dress; however, VHMUN requires western business attire. Western business attire, or international standard business attire, serves as a customary dress for workplaces. It includes wearing a suit, which is made up of pants, a matching jacket, a button down dress shirt, and a tie. Conservative dress shoes and socks are also important. Skirts and dresses may also be worn as long as they fall to a respectable knee length and do not expose a lot of skin.
The main thing to remember is to always ensure that your appearance is tidy and put together, and that you are well covered.
- Is attendance taken in Committee sessions?
- Yes –for every Committee session
- Can faculty advisors/MUN advisors of attending schools attend committee sessions?
- They are encouraged to be observers, visit/be present during committee sessions.
- They cannot participate by getting involved in discussions or speak to delegates during sessions.
- Will food be provided to delegates free of cost?
All registered delegates are entitled to:
- 2 rounds of tea/coffee and snacks on each day of the VHMUN
- Lunch on all days of the VHMUN
- Is it compulsory to wear the ID card at all times?
- Yes, at the venue, during committee sessions, in the dining hall, during snack and lunch time as well as during delegate dance and dinner.
- What happens if I lose or misplace my ID card?
- A replacement ID card can be collected from the Delegates Services Desk by paying Rs 100/- per card
- Who can attend the Delegate Dance and Dinner?
- All outstation delegates
- All Mumbai delegates who have registered under Option B
- Am I allowed to carry and use my mobile phone during the conference?
- Delegates are permitted to carry their mobile phones.
- The phones should not be used during committee sessions.
- The Secretariat, Press, Admin and Security Committees are permitted to carry their phones at all times.
- Is there airport/train station transfer available for outstation students?
- Outstation School delegations [in groups] will be transferred from airport/railway station to the venue and venue to airport/railway station during arrival and departure only.
- Are visitors/relatives allowed to meet the outstation delegates at their hotel?
- Yes, but only with prior written permission from their advisors/teachers/paren
- No permission will be given to travel outside the hotel with visitors/friends/relativ
- Can parents accompany the delegates to the Conference and attend committee sessions?
- Yes, they can accompany the delegat However, they will have to book their own rooms.
- They are not permitted to attend Committee sessions.
- Will there be internet access at the conference venue? What will be the services provided?
- Y Internet access and WiFi will be available at extra cost.
- You may carry your own data card/dongle.
- Who will bear the cost for the internet service?
- The delegate
- Who will decide our roommates?
- The VHMUN 7 Secretariat in consultation with the respective School MUN Advisor.
- Is there a code of conduct that needs to be followed?
In order for a committee session to progress smoothly, it is important for delegates to follow the rules of procedure. These rules ensure that order is kept and delegates have equal opportunities to contribute to the discussion. Rules of procedure also provide the proper format to ask questions and make speeches.
Refer to the website: www.vhmun.com/Conference/CodeofConduct
- What are the weather conditions in the city during the conference?
- It will be warm and humid.
- Suggestion: Carry an umbrella/raincoa
- How should I prepare for my Model UN conference?
Researching is the first and most important step in preparing for a conference. Not only is it necessary to have a grasp on information about the country you are representing and its position on the policies being discussed, it is also important to understand the UN body that your committee is representing.
- What is a position paper?
- A statement that reveals your country’s stance on a particular t
- One paper needs to be completed for each topic in your committ
- Written position papers should be submitted to the respective Chairs fifteen days prior to the Confer
- How should students research for their position papers?
- Background/Study guides will be available on the VHMUN 7 website: vhmun.com/Committees/[Committee name]
- They are password protected documen
- The password will be given to the delegate post registra
- Refer to the list of suggested research links in the Background/Study guide for prepara
- A detailed overview can be found in the CIA World Fact Book.
- Research through news articles, past UN resolutions, relevant conference or even
- Find out how your nation is influenced by this issue, what its stance is and how to respond to it.
- Make sure you are comfortable with your bloc position so you know that other countries agree with your
- Remember that the suggested links are only a sampling of what you should use to prepare for the conference and search engines will be very help
- It is necessary to do research even if you are on a crisis committ
- A strong knowledge of the issue and familiarity of your country’s policies and history will enable you to play your role accurately.
- What is caucusing?
Caucusing is an informal debate that occurs during the VHMUN conference. It serves as an important method of discussion because it allows for greater participation and consensus building. Caucusing can be either ‘moderated’ when speakers are called on by the chair after raising their placards or ‘un moderated’, which is a designated time for delegates without the intervention of the chair to have discussion and work on resolutions.
For more information on the different types of caucuses, as well as tips on how to use caucus time successfully refer to the website:
www.vhmun.com/Conference/Model United Nations Procedure
- Are pre written resolutions allowed at the VHMUN Conference?
- Outside research is encouraged before the confer
- Pre written resolutions are not allow
- The VHMUN Conference has a strict policy against any pre written documen
- Plagiarism will be treated as a serious matter.
- Do I get a participation certificate for attending the VHMUN7?
- Can I stay back in the same hotel after the Conference?
- Yes, subject to availability of room and cost application at that point of time.
- Booking for extended periods will have to be done on your own.
- Can I go shopping during the Conference?
- Shopping during the time of Committee sessions is not permitted at all.
- Outstation delegates [Groups or Individuals] may do so after discussing with their Advisor.
- Can I leave the conference before the scheduled time is over?
- It is recommended to attend the entire confer
- However, requests for same would be considered on a case to case basis.