[BASIC series] What to prepare for MUN?

- Research, research, and more research -

1. What MUN am I going to?

Since each MUN has their own flow of procedures and rules on which it will allow or forbid, it is advised to first do research about the MUN that you are going to. Most MUN conferences have their own websites or pages where they would upload information as well as requirements about their upcoming event. Certain MUN organizations even have Facebook groups where they publish specific details and schedules. Contacting previous MUN delegates is also a great way to ask for experience and make friends!

2. Fall in love with your country

Love is motivation. For those who are not able to get the country they want, looking for basic background information about your assigned country is the first step to approach and understand your country stance. Don’t be disappointed or worry if you are assigned a country you never knew about. Developing a tight relationship with your country and understand its stance and policies is crucial in later debates and negotiations where you would need to protect your country interests and ensure its benefits.  

3. Research for the position paper

Now it’s time to dig deeper into your country’s current problems that need to be solved and stances about certain relevant topics. Research about the strength, the weaknesses, and the issues you would need help from other countries. Also, try to find out what you have to offer other member states and who would be your potential allies during the assembly. For example, your country might have the ideal technologies that could help African partners in maintaining water supplies or China would be a great ally of Vietnam when it comes to sovereignty.
The information that you found will be used to write your position paper, whose detailed explanation and guidance will be introduced in another post. 

4. The opening speech

The opening speech is the first impression given out at the conference. It is like a shortened, more concise version of the position paper. In your opening speech, you would state clearly the issues that your country is trying to solve and invite others who share the same problems to cooperate and solve them together. Delivering yours and listening to others’ speeches is a way to find your potential allies and who to work with.