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THIMUN CONFERENCE

BASIC GUIDELINES
FOR
NEW DELEGATES

INDEX
How to Research A Country, An Issue

page 3

How to Write A Policy Statement

page 4

A Sample Policy Statement

page 5

How To Write A Draft Resolution

page 6

A Sample Resolution

page 8

How To Write An Opening Speech

page 9

A Sample Opening Speech

page 10

What is Lobbying

page 11

How To Be A Good Delegate

page 12

How To Be A Good Ambassador

page 13

How To Prepare Official Notepaper

page 14

THIMUN Basic Guidelines For New Delegates

2

HOW TO RESEARCH A COUNTRY, AN ISSUE
There are two fields of research that you have to focus on when preparing for any MUN conference. First you need to learn about the country you represent and then there are the issues on the agenda.

I / How To Research A Country?
When researching your country you have several options. One of them is trying to contact its Embassy in your country. You will find that some Embassies are cooperative and others will be less so. You will just have to try.

Another option is to use the Internet. A widely used website for this is the CIA World Factbook. Choose the country you represent and you will find the information you need. If you need a guideline on what you need to know about your country you can refer to the Council of World Affairs. This is a very useful site, by the way, in preparing for many aspects of a conference. Alternatively you might try individual countries’ websites. II/ How To Research An Issue?

The issues on the agenda of a THIMUN conference are taken from the UN website. Hence going to this website and typing in the issue on the agenda into its search engine will be a good way to start your research on these issues. Member states have websites for their Permanent Missions at the UN that can also be useful if you want to learn about the views of your country on a given issue. You can also try its Embassy in your country, but cooperation may again vary.

In addition, the THIMUN website contains a lot of useful links with regards to research. It has discussion forums where you can do a pre-conference exchange of views with your fellow delegates and maybe also do some online lobbying.

III/ Useful websites
THIMUN
United Nations
Permanent Missions in New York
UN Cyber School Bus
CIA World Fact Book
Council of World Affairs of Canada
Embassies Worldwide
The Economist
International Debate Education Association
CNN
BBC World

THIMUN Basic Guidelines For New Delegates

http://thimun.org/research/index.html
http://www.un.org/english
http://www.un.org/members/missions.shtml
http://cyberschoolbus.un.org
https://www.cia.gov
http://www.cowac.org
http://www.embassyworld.com
http://www.economist.com
http://www.idebate.org/index.php
http://www.cnn.com
http://www.bbcworld.com

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HOW TO WRITE A POLICY STATEMENT
I/ What Is A Policy Statement?
In preparation of an MUN conference, you should write a policy statement. This is a document that briefly and clearly explains the policies of your country/organization with respect to the issues dealt with at the conference. There are two important reasons for drawing up this document:

- On the one hand, it forces you to focus on the exact points of view of your country/organization;
- On the other hand, it serves as a reference document to your delegation members and committee members during the conference.
Thus, policy statements may provide an excellent tool in the lobbying process; they may also serve as the basis for your opening speech in your committee. II/ What Does A Policy Statement Consist of?

In order to produce a useful policy statement, you ought to carry out thorough research. You should also bear in mind that a policy statement consists of five parts in which you: 1.
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Explain and define the issue and its most important terms;
Provide a short summary of recent international action related to the issue; Refer to key...
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